Last fall we went hiking and camping in Savage Gulf Tennessee for a couple of days with our family and neighbors. Savage Gulf is 15,590-acre natural area located in the Cumberland Plateau. Over thousands and thousands of years various creeks and rivers have carved a huge gorge (or gulf as we call it in the south) through sandstone and limestone. The result–an absolutely stunning area that is basically untouched nature. Several old growth forests in the gulf have never been harvested so they are full of oaks, hickories, maples, yellow poplars, hemlocks, ash, and other huge old men standing tall and proud.
Near our camping area, maybe .75 miles round trip on a loop from the ranger station, is Greeter Falls (see below).
One of the things I really like about this area is the isolation. Even though the hike in to the campsite is only about .5 miles (the folks with babies know this is plenty far), there hasn’t been anyone else there any time we’ve gone. Additionally, because there are virtually no towns for miles in this area, the light pollution is nil resulting in stars so crisp and bright it feels like you reach out and grab them.
After getting our fire going, we made dinner while the kids played in the area around camp. We tried to get to bed kind of early because we intended to hike the great stone door trail the following morning. Our friend Amy is below and made the eggs in the morning and I made some camp bacon over the open fire.
On the hike in Erin and our friend Jennifer chit chatted along with Meredith trailing behind.
Incredible sunset on our way out from the Gulf lookout.
We didn’t get the hike in that we wanted to because we had a ton of young kids with us that had a tough time getting down the stone door. Next time we’ll take the slightly older ones only so we get to the bottom of the gulf, but we had an awesome time with friends and family.