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Five-Star Trails: Chattanooga
by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)
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.
40 Hikes In Tennessee's South Cumberland
by Russ Manning (The Mountaineers Books)
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.
by Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll (Falcon Guides)
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.
Beautiful views from stone door.The 1st part of the 0.9 mile is paved so the trail really starts at the stone door. This is one of the most unusual and rare starts you will ever see going down a rock stairway between 2 giant ledges. From the bottom the trail continues straight down for over a mile. The bad news is coming back out of the gulf you have to climb back up that far and if you go back up to stone door you better be in good shape because it is a mother to get back up from the BCG/CONNECTOR TRAIL junction.
Lots of trail combos can be achieved from this trail
great family hike, pretty easy, our ages ranged from 5-65, and everyone made it with easy.
A very easy hike with incredible views. The first .1-.2 miles to an overlook are paved for convenience. The views of the gulf are great. The end of the trail at Stone Door is a good place for a small picnic.
We hiked this trail from the bottom up. There is a lot of rock hopping on this trail watch your ankles. I believe you gain around 1000 Ft on this trail. The actual Stone Door is awesome the area was crowded on Saturday when we headed to the Alum Gap campground but on Sunday late it was a Ghost town. The hike from the parking area to the Stone Door is very easy paved most of the way. If you are in the area this is a must see. Depending on the time of year be sure you check water conditions. It was very dry in the area and we had to do a little hunting for water.
From the Stone Door Ranger Station, the spectacular view of the Savage Gulf region is only a mile away. There are trail maps, water, and restrooms at the ranger station. The view from Stone Door is an easy one mile walk down a mostly paved sidewalk. This trail is usually busy because of the nice walk and views it provides. Take along a picnic to enjoy from the overlook. During the last two visits I made to Stone Door, I was lucky enough to observe students repelling down the face of the bluff. This is an excellent day trip for families.
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