From the Savage Gulf East trailhead, you can access some of the most remote, wild and beautiful areas of South Cumberland State Park. Savage Gulf was designated in 1973 by the Tennessee State Legislature as a Class II Natural Scientific Area. Development in a Class II Natural Area is restricted to foot trails, foot bridges, and overlooks. The trail system in the Savage Gulf Natural Area has been developed to enable the hiker to walk through and view the resource, but reduces to a minimum the impact that will be made on the area.
You can also access the Savage Station, Dinky Line, Savage Falls and Stagecoach Road campgrounds from this trailhead, although most of these are several miles in from the trailhead.
Animal life is abundant at Savage Gulf. Many species of birds, reptiles, and amphibians are found in the diverse habitats of the area. Squirrels, rabbits, woodchucks, and skunks can be seen. The observant and quiet visitor can expect to find deer, bobcats, fox, grouse, and to hear the cry of the hawk and owl. A word to the wise: This is rattler and copperhead country, so it is a good idea to stay on the trails.
Logging has occurred in some sections of the gorges, but the forests are recovering rapidly. The forests of the area around with oaks, hickories, maples, yellow poplars, hemlocks, pines and many other species of trees. Beneath the forest canopy is a vast array of shrubs, vines, wildflowers, mosses and ferns which rival the flora of the Great Smoky Mountains in number and variety. Wildflowers peak between April and mid-May.
These are driving directions from the South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center: Take TN Highway 56 north from Tracy City, about 10 miles to TN Hwy 108, then right about 7.2 miles on 108 to TN Hwy 399. Left on Hwy 399 about five miles; look for the large brown park sign. The park entrance will be on your left.
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- 3177 State Road 399