Hike the North Plateau-North Rim Loop at Savage Gulf

Hike the North Plateau-North Rim Loop at Savage Gulf

Savage Gulf Ranger Station

Distance

14.7 Miles

Elevation Gain

2483 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

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...

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Nice Beginner Hike

This is a really nice hike for beginning backpackers. There are some nice views and the trail is not steep.

Distance

14.7 Miles

Elevation Gain

2483 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

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