North Rim Trail

South Cumberland Recreation Area, Tennessee

Elevation Gain1,702ft
Trailhead Elevation1,779ft
Elevation Min/Max1765/1871ft
Elevation Start/End1779/1779ft

North Rim Trail

North Rim Trail is a hiking trail in Grundy County, Tennessee. It is within South Cumberland Recreation Area. It is 5.5 miles long and begins at 1,779 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,702 feet. This trail connects with the following: Camp Access, Connector Trail, North Plateau, Savage Day Loop and Mountain Oak Trail.

North Rim Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

North Rim Trail Reviews

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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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Trail Information

South Cumberland Recreation Area
Nearby City
South Cumberland Recreation Area
Skill Level
Savage Gulf State Natural Area
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Nov 2018