There are two trail sections within the western part of the Savage Gulf area of South Cumberland State Park: The Greeter Day Loop, and the Blue Hole Trail.
GREETER DAY LOOP
From the parking lot, this moderate to strenuous 1.4 mile trail (including the spur to the Greeter Home Place and the Greeter Loop) descends 240 feet into the coves made by Firescald Creek and Boardtree Branch. The 0.8 mile loop offers three waterfalls, swimming, magnificent rock formations, and a rock scramble along a high narrow ledge under the bluff.
BLUE HOLE TRAIL
This trail descends about 150 feet to Firescald Creek and the Blue Hole. It’s easy for most of the way, with some steeply rocky going at the end. Starting at the junction, the trail is a total of 0.8 mile out and back. The forest here is made up of Virginia pine (twisty needles in pairs), American holly in the understory, Canadian hemlock, and fewer hardwoods than in some other areas nearby. You can find ground pine (Lycopodia) beside the trail. Its spores were dried and then ground to powder that was used in old-time flash photography. Both the ground pine and the hemlocks are here because around 12,000 years ago, the climate was much cooler due to glaciers north of us. Those plants that like cooler weather have retreated to the coves of the Plateau for refuge.
These are driving directions from the South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center:Take TN Highway 56 north from Tracy City, through Altamont, about 15.9 miles to Greeter Falls Road (marked by a small brown park sign), on your right. Follow Greeter Falls Road about three-quarters of a mile to the parking area, on your left (trailhead is on the right).
Click on the web link to download a PDF with detailed info about the trails at the Savage Gulf West trailhead.
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550 Greeter Falls Road Altamont 37301 United States