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South Rim Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This plateau-top trail passes above Savage Falls then skirts the south rim of Savage Gulf, offering a number of outstanding gulf views. Along the rim, the trail passes above the old-growth forest in the depths of the gulf. Camping is available at Savage Falls Camp Area and Stage Road Camp Area.From the beginning of the South Rim Trail at its junction with the Savage Day Loop, descend to cross Savage Creek on a suspension bridge. The old Werner logging railroad grade runs up the bank straight ahead, but the trail leads right, joins the old Savage Falls road for a few feet, and turns right again passing beneath a canopy of rhododendron along the cascading Savage Creek."
--Russ Manning, 40 Hikes In Tennessee's South Cumberland (The Mountaineers Books).
Good trail very well maintained and marked with signage and trail markers.
Failry easy as far as not a lot of inclines but at a total of 16 miles round trip I would not say it is "easy'.
Some nice overlooks as well as Savage falls at the beginning 2 miles or so.This is also a great place to cool off on the return.
I would recommend this hike and it is not as difficult as Collins Gulf that isd near this trail.
One more trail down in my quest to do all the trails in the savage gulf/south cumberland recreation area.
This trail is fairly nice but great views into the gulf are few and far between (at least in summer with full foliage) compared to Big Creek Rim.
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