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Savage Gulf State Natural Area

31557 State Route 399, Palmer, Tennessee 37365 USA

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“breathtaking in every direction”

Savage Gulf is 15,590-acre natural area located in Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. Carved like a giant crowfoot into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau, it is one of Tennessee's most scenic wilderness areas. Its sheer sandstone cliffs and rugged canyons provide extraordinary views. A significant feature is Stone Door, a 10 ft. wide by 100 ft. deep crack, forming from the top of the escarpment into the gorge below. It looks like a giant door left ajar and was once used by Indians as a passageway. Breathtaking waterfalls form at the head of many gorges, where streams drop off over hard sandstone cap rock. Greeter Falls drops over a 15-foot upper ledge and then plummets over a 50-foot lower ledge into a cold, clear plunge pool. Savage Creek enters its gorge over cascades and drops 30-foot at Savage Falls. Collins River and Ranger Creek have waterfalls that drop over limestone ledges and flow into sinks where they disappear. Big Creek, Collins River and Savage Creeks each tumble down over 5 miles, dropping over 800 feet through narrow gorges, forming the "Gulfs." Observed from a 750 overlook, Big Creek mysteriously disappears below. Many other big streams go underground cutting through shale and limestone to form dry creek beds. Sudden heavy rainfall however can result in flashfloods, and streams can become very dangerous.

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October 01, 2014
Rated 5.0

This area is lush and green! There are a lot of hiking trails you can try. Campgrounds where you can enjoy camping in, with your family and friends. And several magnificent waterfalls, you can feast your eyes and cameras on! But just be careful on your hiking trip, going down might be a little tough since you will encounter a lot of different rocks! Highly recommended and consider this as your sweet escape from the stressful city life and enjoy the abundant supply of fresh air!

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July 14, 2015
Rated 5.0

My favorite day hike and weekend hiking location. I recommend going to Greeter Falls which is on the opposite side of this park from where the app locates it. However at this point is the ranger station where you can get maps and directions. Greeter Falls is a mile or so hike that isn't too crowded. There's a swimming hole, a river bed with massive boulders to explore. . . It is perfect.

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Savage Gulf State Natural Area

31557 State Route 399
Palmer, Tennessee
37365 USA

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