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Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 7:30 AM - Sunday, Apr 2, 2017 3:00 PM
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Spring is upon us! Come out and enjoy the awakening of the forest and wildflowers on this Beginner’s Backpack trip.  Savage Gulf is a 15,590-acre natural area carved into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau in Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. The sheer sandstone cliffs and canyons make it one of Tennessee’s most rugged and scenic areas. Gorges feature breathtaking waterfalls. Savage Creek enters its gorge over cascades and drops 30-foot at Savage Falls. Expect to see remarkable vistas, waterfalls, wildflowers, and historical locations such as the Stage Coach Road on this trip.

We will be hiking the plateau portion of the South Rim “SR” trail. The hike begins at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station on the Savage Day Loop Trail. We will explore the Savage Creek and overlook & pool of Savage Falls before accessing the trail. Once on the SR we’ll pass an old Moonshine Still and several breathtaking views and overlooks of the gorge. Along the way we will stop for snacks and lunch. After arriving at the historic Stage Coach Road campsite, we’ll setup camp for the evening and have time to explore the area. Sunday morning we’ll break camp and head back to the Ranger Station. Optional group dinner on the way home will be offered. 

When: Saturday, April 1st 7:30am (Carpool) or 9:45am (Trailhead)
Where: Savage Gulf Ranger Station, Palmer, TN
Cost: FREE for Members & Non-Members

Trip Leader: Michelle Guess & Jerud Colbert

Difficulty: This is a beginner’s trip. Distance will be 5 miles in/5 miles out. The plateau trail is rated as easy with several short spur trails to overlooks and bluffs. The trail will have some rolling hill areas. Do not expect significant elevation gain or loss on this trail as we will be on the plateau looking down into the gorge area.  
Registration Deadline: Registration closes on Wednesday, March 29th at 3pm.
Group Size Limit: This trip is limited to 10 participants & 2 leaders

Parking: Parking is available for free near the trailhead.


Children Policy: This is a 13 and up event. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult and have prior experience hiking strenuous terrain and longer distances
Dog Policy: Friendly dogs who have prior experience hiking 5+ miles are permitted,  but must be on leashes per park requirements.
Weather Policy: This trip is drizzle or shine. In the event of severe weather, this trip may be postponed. Participants will be notified of any changes due to weather the week leading up to the event by their trip leader.
Cancellation Policy: If you register and can no longer make it, please email TeamGreen@Lightning100.com


Drive time to trailhead from Nashville: About 2 hours with no time zone change
Hike Distance: 5 miles each day
Estimated Hike Time: Approx. 5 hours

We will meet at the carpool at 7:30am CST or trail head at 9:45am CST. Participants are responsible for their own food and gear. On Saturday you will need to bring snacks, lunch, dinner & water for the trail. Sunday morning you will need a light breakfast and snacks for the hike out. There is a spring at the campsite that will be filtered for group use. Participants are also encouraged to bring a few layers as the evening could be cold.


Registration is required for this event.