Hike the North Plateau-North Rim Loop at Savage Gulf

Tennessee Savage Gulf Ranger Station

  • Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    14.7 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    2483 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

If you’re looking for a solid day/weekend hike near Middle Tennessee with a truly remote and rugged feel, the North Rim and North Plateau trails at Savage Gulf are the answer. Savage Gulf is a 11,500-acre natural area on the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau with approximately 50 miles of hiking trails that lead to scenic views, deep gorges, waterfalls, and historical locations. 

From the Savage Ranger Station, take the Savage Day Loop for roughly 2.2 miles until you reach the junction. From there take the North Plateau trail and return on the North Rim trail. The elevation gain on this trail is rather gradual and and subtle, but it is a long trek that requires endurance and time. To complete this hike in a day, start early and give yourself plenty of time. If you're inclined to make it an overnight trip, there are places to camp along the trail. Overall, this is a great hike that isn't heavily trafficked. It features dense forests, suspended bridges, and gorge overlooks, If you're looking for some southern solitude, this is the hike for you.  

Savage Gulf Map: http://tnstateparks.com/assets...

Pack List

For Day Trips:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Headlamp
  • Hammock (optional)

For Overnight Trips:

  • All day trip items
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Weather appropriate clothing
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This is a really nice hike for beginning backpackers. There are some nice views and the trail is not steep.

9 months ago
9 months ago

Phill McDonald

I'm a 21 year old landscape/lifestyle photographer from Maryland, and am currently living in Tennessee. I have traveled all over the country and my work is characterized by that lifestyle. I'm either on the trail, or planning my next adventure.

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