Laurel Falls of Savage Gulf

Monteagle, Tennessee

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This short walk leaves the Stone Door ranger station of Savage Gulf State Natural Area, then descends past the site of an old gristmill before reaching the 25-foot curtain fall as it pours over rockhouse into a boulder jumble. Enjoy the tumbler from a viewing platform before looping back up to the ranger station. Visitors who stumble onto the out-of-the-way Stone Door Ranger Station at Savage Gulf State Natural Area will often take this short path down to Laurel Falls. You pick up the trail at the ranger station, quickly passing the Laurel Trail while on the Laurel Falls Loop. Descend to a short spur to an old gristmill site. Here, you can see remains of the mill dam, where locals once ground corn for flour. It is just a short jaunt from the mill site to Laurel Falls. Laurel Falls nosedives off a stone lip into a semicircular amphitheater with a huge rockhouse. The rock jumble and steep terrain make accessing the base of the falls difficult.
Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

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Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This short walk leaves the Stone Door ranger station of Savage Gulf State Natural Area, then descends past the site of an old gristmill before reaching the 25-foot curtain fall as it pours over rockhouse into a boulder jumble. Enjoy the tumbler from a viewing platform before looping back up to the ranger station. Visitors who stumble onto the out-of-the-way Stone Door Ranger Station at Savage Gulf State Natural Area will often take this short path down to Laurel Falls.

You pick up the trail at the ranger station, quickly passing the Laurel Trail while on the Laurel Falls Loop. Descend to a short spur to an old gristmill site. Here, you can see remains
of the mill dam, where locals once ground corn for flour. It is just a short jaunt from the mill site to Laurel Falls. Laurel Falls nosedives off a stone lip into a semicircular
amphitheater with a huge rockhouse. The rock jumble and steep terrain make accessing the base of the falls difficult.

© 2015 Johnny Molloy /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monteagle
Distance: 0.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30-60 minutes
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: South Cumberland State Park, 11745 US 41, Monteagle, TN 37356, (931) 924-2980, www.tnstateparks.com
Local Maps: Savage Gulf; USGS Altamont
Driving Directions: Directions to Laurel Falls of Savage Gulf

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