Carved like a giant crow’s foot into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau, the Savage Gulf State Natural Area is one of Tennessee’s most scenic state outdoor recreation areas. At a length of five miles each, the Big Creek, Collins River and Savage Creeks tumble down over 800 feet in elevation through the narrow gorges, locally known as “Gulfs.” Rimmed by sheer sandstone cliffs, the rugged canyons offer the hardy visitor a time glimpse of the true wilderness still remaining in our State’s midsection.
The Great Stone Door, about a mile from the parking area, was used for centuries by the Indians as a passage way from the top of the escarpment into the gorges below. Like a giant door left ajar, the crack is 10 feet wide and 100 feet deep. The spectacular cliffs offer one of the best scenic overlooks in Tennessee. Big Creek, 750 feet below the overlook, mysteriously disappears and reappears as it cuts its way thru the diverse layers of limestone and shale.
You can also access several campgrounds from the Savage Gulf North trailhead, including one very close to the parking area.
These are driving directions from the South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center: Take TN Highway 56 north from Tracy City, through Altamont to Beeersheba Springs (about 20 miles). Look for the large brown park sign, then turn right on Stone Door Road. Follow Stone Door Road about 1.5 miles, out to its end at the Stone Door Ranger Station parking area.
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Stone Door Ranger Station, Stone Door Road Stone Door Ranger Station Beersheba Springs 37305 United States