Collins Gulf Access

South Cumberland Recreation Area, Tennessee

Distance1.2mi
Elevation Gain230ft
Trailhead Elevation1,821ft
Top1,875ft
Elevation Min/Max1761/1875ft
Elevation Start/End1821/1821ft

Collins Gulf Access

Collins Gulf Access is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Grundy County, Tennessee. It is within South Cumberland Recreation Area. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 1,821 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 230 feet.

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3/15/2010
My favorite trail. Beautiful trails and waterfalls. It makes for a long but rewarding day.
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9/10/2007
The trail was well-maintained and a great alternate to the more populated Great Stone Door and Fierry Gizzard trails. I did an overnight but I would consider completing it in three days. The distance between campsites make the 2nd day a solid 9-10 miles with a climb to the rim on pretty rocky terrain. The Historic Trail was suprisingly interesting and the views from the rim great. This is one of the better trails in Savage Gulf.
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2/22/2007
We only hiked to Suter Falls, where we had to turn back because of ice across the trail. Parts of the trail were somewhat difficult, but we (two senior citizens) made our way without problems using care. We hope to get back to hike at least to Horsepound Falls.
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1/6/2007
This was a great hike! The trail follows the old stage coach road that connected McMinnville, TN and Chatanoogha, TN. The trail is on the south side of Savage Gulf. We hiked from the Savage Gulf Ranger station to Stage Road Camp and spent the night in the camp. The next morning we hiked Stage Coach Road Trail to Sawmill Camp, which is located in the bottom of the 'gulf'.

Most of the trail is downhill, which makes the walking fairly easy. Along the way there are rock walls built by slaves in the 1840's to make the road bed. The woods are beautiful. We did not return this way, but the climb up would not be too bad since the trail makes plenty of switchbacks.
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2/10/2006
The trail was scenic towards the beginning with a nice overlook and then to the falls. After winding down a ridge you get to see horsepound falls and then the sink, which is a good place to stop and have lunch if you are headed towards saw mill campground. However, saw mill campground was awful. The Collins River is actually a dried up creek bed so don't plan to use it as a water source. The camp sites are not marked well and Schwoon springs is a tough place to get water.
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Trail Information

South Cumberland Recreation Area
Nearby City
South Cumberland Recreation Area
Parks
Savage Gulf State Natural Area
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Dec 2018