Savage Gulf

My wife and I took a day off last Thursday (May 27) to go hiking. We wanted to try a new area so we headed down to Savage Gulf, part of the South Cumberland State Park – near Monteagle Tennessee:

Check out the Friends of South Cumberland website for more information.

Overall, we thought the park was very nice! We started off at the Stone Door ranger station. After a very short walk on a paved trail, we got to the first overlook:

It was still early in the morning so it was still hazy but it was an incredible view! After this overlook, the path was not paved anymore. A little more than 1/2 mile from there we got to another overlook:

I set the camera on a tripod and had to use a remote to trigger the shutter. I really like this shot, and the one at the top of this post. I even entered them into the Friends of South Cumberland photo contest.

This is also the same area that the “Stone Door” is. Basically, the Stone Door is wide crack in the rocks that enable you to climb down to gulf below:
Stone Door

There are rock “stairs” in the passage. We climbed down just to look around and then climbed back up. From there you could take several trails. We took the Big Creek Rim Trail. It goes for about 2 more miles and has several overlooks:

The BCR trail ends at a campground, which would be really fun to camp at one day. From there, the trail splits off again in several directions. We took the Laurel Trail, which loops back around to the Stone Door Ranger Station after about 3 miles. If we do it again, I would not do this trail again. It was not very scenic as it didn’t follow the Savage Gulf anymore.

After we made it back to the Ranger Station, we realized there was a waterfall (Laurel Falls) very close to the station. We followed a short trail down many steps and made it here:

Not a very impressive waterfall, but still cool to see and easy to get to.

After that, I wanted to hike back out to the first overlook and get another shot because there were a lot more storm clouds in the sky that I thought would make for a better shot than the one from the morning:
What a View

By now it was time to head home so we could get the kids from the daycare. We also wanted to leave enough time to stop along the way and get some shots of barns and things. Here is what we got along the way:

I couldn’t decide if I liked that one in color or black and white best – so here are both!

And that was our trip! A fun day and something we need to do again soon…
Over Memorial day weekend, we visited two other state parks with the kids – pictures from those trips are coming soon….

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4 responses

  1. Pingback: 3 Parks in 5 Days | Malcolm MacGregor Photography

  2. Melissa

    Great pics!

    June 5, 2010 at 6:31 am

  3. stephanie

    what camera did you use? These pictures are incredible!

    August 25, 2011 at 7:47 am

    • Thanks Stephanie – For the Savage Gulf photos, I was using a Canon Rebel XSi

      August 25, 2011 at 8:22 am

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