Stone Door Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"This loop first reaches one of Tennessee’s finest panoramas, the Great Stone Door Overlook. A colossal sandstone slab presents multiple views of Savage Gulf State Natural Area, with its multiple gorges, Laurel Creek Gulf, Big Creek Gulf, Collins Gulf, and Savage Gulf. More vistas await along the Big Creek Rim. Turn away from the bluffs, passing an old moonshine still site. Roll through oak stands, then make one last mini-loop to view Laurel Falls and an old gristmill site."
--Johnny Molloy, Five-Star Trails: Chattanooga (Menasha Ridge Press).
"This easy trail affords one of the best views of the gulf area and ends at the Great Stone Door, an impressive crack in the rock bluff with a sloping floor that probably was used by Native Americans as a way in and out of Big Creek Gulf. Camping is available at the Stone Door Camp Area near the ranger station."
--Russ Manning, 40 Hikes In Tennessee's South Cumberland (The Mountaineers Books).
"This hike visits two of the most iconic views in the Tennessee state park system: the Stone Door Overlook and the Stone Door itself.The described hike actually ties together three different trails and provides lots of scenery, while largely staying on top of the Cumberland Plateau.The hike out to the Stone Door Overlook brings you to one of the most iconic and most photographed views in the whole Cumberland region. This view, looking eastward and down into the Collins River Gulf, to many has become a symbol of the striking topography of the Cumberlands. Laid out in front of you is the massive Savage Gulf, a canyon cut out of the western flank of the Cumberland Plateau by several creeks and rivers."
--Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll, Hiking Tennessee (Falcon Guides).
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