North Rim and North Plateau Trails

Dunlap, Tennessee

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The 6.3-mile North Rim Trail and the 7.1-mile North Plateau Trail combine to provide a walk with little elevation change that loops by numerous overlooks of Savage Gulf. The North Rim Trail has more overlooks than any other trail on the South Cumberland. From these viewpoints, you’ll see the confluence of tributary gorges with Savage Gulf, old-growth forest in the bottom of the gorge, the scars of avalanches, and the junction of the three gulfs that make up the state natural area. Hobbs Cabin, at the junction of the North Rim Trail with the North Plateau Trail, may be used for overnight stays, first come, first served; tent camping is also available there and at the Dinky Line Camp Area. The North Plateau Trail passes over Cagle Knobs and toward the end follows the old Dinky Line logging railroad grade; dinky referred to the narrow gauge of the rail line.
40 Hikes In Tennessee's South Cumberland

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40 Hikes In Tennessee's South Cumberland

by Russ Manning (The Mountaineers Books)

The 6.3-mile North Rim Trail and the 7.1-mile North Plateau Trail combine to provide a walk with little elevation change that loops by numerous overlooks of Savage Gulf. The North Rim Trail has more overlooks than any other trail on the South Cumberland. From these viewpoints, you’ll see the confluence of tributary gorges with Savage Gulf, old-growth forest in the bottom of the gorge, the scars of avalanches, and the junction of the three gulfs that make up the state natural area.

Hobbs Cabin, at the junction of the North Rim Trail with the North Plateau Trail, may be used for overnight stays, first come, first served; tent camping is also available there and at the Dinky Line Camp Area. The North Plateau Trail passes over Cagle Knobs and toward the end follows the old Dinky Line logging railroad grade; dinky referred to the narrow gauge of the rail line.

©  Russ Manning/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Dunlap
Distance: 13.4
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day Hike or Backpack
Season: Best spring and fall
Local Contacts: Savage Gulf State Natural Area
Driving Directions: Directions to North Rim and North Plateau Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

2/27/2009
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I hiked in to the Dinky Line Campsite at sunset on February 27th. I didn't get to enjoy that part of the hike because I was trying to get there before dark. The Dinky Line Campsite is nice. After a rainy night, some friends met me and we hiked to Hobb's Cabin. It isn't a very interesting trail, but it's not difficult either. After another rainy night, we hiked out on the North Rim. A much better trail. I would recommend this hike to anyone.



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