"This easy loop with outstanding views offers a quick introduction to the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Savage Creek sidesteps 30 feet down Savage Falls, and Rattlesnake Point Overlook offers a long-distance view down Savage Gulf, named for an early settler, Samuel Savage. Camping is available at the Savage Station Campsites behind the ranger station. A dedication plaque at Rattlesnake Point tells of Samuel H. Werner Jr. and his wife, Ellen Young Werner, who purchased 3,800 acres in Savage Gulf in 1924–26 and protected and preserved the gulf forest, which became part of the state natural area in 1973.
Approximately 500 acres in Savage Gulf along Savage Creek below Savage Falls were never logged, so today the stand of hemlock, yellow poplar, oak, ash, basswood, beech, maple, and hickory is one of the largest old-growth remnants of the mixed mesophytic region of the Eastern deciduous forest. The importance of the forest is recognized in its designation as a National Natural Landmark."