This is the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Located near Beersheba Springs, Tennessee, in the South Cumberland State Park, hikers can explore nearly 16,000 acres of wilderness, with 50 miles of trails and several different waterfalls. Prints available.
Only one mile from parking, hikers at the Savage Gulf State Natural Area can enjoy expansive landscape views from broad cap stone bluffs. In fact, this spot immediately proceeds The Stone Door.
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This is the Savage Gulf State Natural Area, located near Beersheba Springs, Tennessee, in the South Cumberland State Park, where hikers can explore nearly 16,000 acres of wilderness, with 50 miles of trails and several different waterfalls.
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Lower Piney Falls is located in the Piney Falls State Natural Area, along Little Piney Creek, near Grandview, Tennessee, on the Cumberland Plateau.
Standing 40-feet tall, it’s a relatively short hike on well-maintained trails, though trail access includes only the top of Lower Piney Falls – unlike the 80-foot tall Upper Piney Falls, where hikers can enjoy trails to both the top and bottom. Dogs (leashed) welcomed. Parking is limited. No restrooms.
On an earlier visit, wanting gorge access to the base of the falls, I wandered along rock walls and gazed down steep hillsides, wondering what was below, beyond my sight. Later, I scoured the internet for personal accounts offered by people who had climbed into the gorge, though no definitive information was available as to the best point of descent.
So, once again I followed rock walls along the upper gorge for quite a distance, until the trail disappeared. There, I decided upon an area that seemed hiker friendly – no observable cliffs or deep ruts, though the hillside was steep. In addition, it had rained all morning, making topsoil slippery. I also encountered several areas of small, unstable rocks covered with leaves. As such, trees provided critical aid for stability. I did fall once, slipping in mud on the hill – but, with experience, I’ve learned to quickly shift my weight toward the side with the dislodged foot, so as to untangle and provide relief for the opposite knee. Fortunately, all I broke was my trekking pole, which was soon replaced with a walking stick.
When I finally reached Little Piney Creek at the base of the gorge, it quickly became apparent that I was downstream quite a distance from the falls, and would have to deal with a variety of conditions; each rock (and rocks were everywhere) was very slippery, covered with a damp brown silt, or moss; many fallen tress – some substantial in size – peppered the creek bed, serving as water-logged and slippery impediments against forward progress; and, each creek bank lacked continuity of flat surfaces, often interrupted with impassable, vertical rock walls or boulders. In such situations, it’s best to sacrifice ones dry feet in order to increase optional hiking pathways. It’s also safer, in that the fewer tall rocks on which my balance is tested, the better.
Along the way, I crossed the creek back-and-forth many times, opting to take the safest (not fastest) routes observable. When I finally arrived at the base of Lower Piney Falls, though the water was less than I’d hoped for, the accomplishment was gratifying, and the falls were beautiful.
Lower Piney Falls
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It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. As applies to my adventure, I very much wished to find another way out of the gorge, not wanting to traverse the hazardous path from whence I came. Fortunately, I was able to ascend the opposite side of the gorge, hike above the rock rim and through the forest to a point beyond Lower Piney Falls. In so doing, I then descended into, and safely across, the creek.
If anyone reading this post is seeking access to the base of Lower Piney Falls, here’s what you do: take the trail to the top of the falls, as normal. Once there, hike upstream approximately 150 feet and cross the creek where you see a few shallow rock ledges. Enter the forest and climb uphill, angling diagonally to the left until you are approximately 40-feet higher than the falls. Continue at this level along the hillside until you find yourself forward of the falls, and beyond the sheer rock wall of the gorge. There is a relatively easy route down and then back along the rock wall, leading you to a rocky hill covered in ferns, at the base of the falls.
Prints available. Located within the 15,590-acre South Cumberland State Park, the Savage Gulf State Natural Area has an abundance of beautiful scenery, such as featured here, not far from the Stone Door. Other hiking attractions include Lower Greeter Falls, Upper Greeter Falls, and Boardtree Falls, to name a few. It’s truly a great place to visit!
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I recently visited Emory Gap Falls, a 20′ waterfall located at Frozen Head State Park near Wartburg, Tennessee, enjoying a pleasant autumn afternoon along my three-mile (roundtrip) hike. The trail also passed by a waterfall known as Debord Falls – more on that another time.
The trailhead is located at the end of the park, where the road stops at a parking area. It’s a half-mile hike to Debord Falls, and another one-mile until you’ll reach Emory Gap Falls. Initially, the trail is wide with good footing and limited changes in elevation. Follow the signs, and don’t cross the bridge –
The trail follows two streams – Panther Branch & Emory Gap Branch. At one point, it changes direction, leading up hill and away from the water. While this seems counter intuitive, hikers should follow the signs to stay on track –
Here are a few images which I photographed while hiking along the trail –
The trail eventually rejoined the stream, sounds of which grew louder as I approached the waterfall. As seen below, my first views of Emory Gap Falls –
Emory Gap Falls
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I recently enjoyed hiking to the Lilly Bluff Overlook at Obed Wild And Scenic River National Park, located near Wartburg, Tennessee. Following my visit to Northrup Falls (Allardt, Tennessee), this was a relatively easy hike to undertake along my return drive home. I enjoyed sweeping views from the high rock outcrop of Lilly Bluff, sheer cliffs, the “Jack Rock” waterfall and scenic views of Clear Creek.
There’s so much to see & I’m looking forward to hiking more trails in the park!
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Northrup Falls are located in the Colditz Cove State Natural Area, approximately two miles east of Allardt, Tennessee. Off the beaten trail, it’s an easy hike to enjoy the 65′ waterfall, as well as massive cliffs in a horseshoe-shaped gorge, recessed caves and a turquoise plunge pool. You’ll also enjoy an old-growth forest of large hemlocks and white pines, some of which are over 200 years old!
Here’s a map to the park:
Come prepared with good hiking shoes, as some surfaces – such as around and behind the waterfall – can be slick. Bring water, your camera, and, if you enjoy the water, proper attire for swimming.
The trail begins at the left end of the parking area, where there’s a billboard with information about the park. Or, if you’d prefer, there’s also a quicker start – a shorter 50′ connector route to the trail, found at the right side of the parking area. Either way, the path leads hikers to the front edge of the gorge, where the trail splits to loop in a circle. Turning left, you’ll encounter more rocks, cliffs and caves along the way, though both directions lead to the base of the waterfall. You’ll probably want to see the full loop.
This is a quiet, peaceful area without many visitors. I hiked the park on a weekend during the morning, and saw only a total of eight people – and a dog – in three small groups.
Here’s some of what you’ll see:
I hope that you’ve enjoyed these images of Northrup Falls. If you might be interested in purchasing a print, several are available in my gallery at Pixels. A nice addition for your home, work – or, as a gift. Thanks for stopping by!
UPDATE: see new post – Upper Piney Falls
I recently enjoyed hiking the 440-acre Piney Falls State Natural Area, located in Rhea County where Little Piney and Soak Creek have carved deep gorges into the Cumberland Plateau. It’s recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Interior as a National Natural Landmark, one of fourteen in Tennessee, featuring rare virgin forests.
If you’d be interested in visiting the park, here’s a map:
Note: there are no restrooms or gift shop, and limited signage.
There are two waterfalls at the park, Upper and Lower Piney Falls.
Upper Piney Falls is 80′ high, the top of which is easily accessible by trail. It features a concave ledge which circles behind and around the falls where visitors can enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the gorge below. Getting to the plunge pool, however, is more difficult; in addition to traversing a narrow trail along the upper rim of the gorge, hikers must then descend a steep, rocky surface, safeguarded to some degree via provision of connected cable for support. Exercise caution!
Here are some photographs of Upper Piney Falls –
Here’s a short video of Upper Piney Falls –
Following the trail down to Lower Piney Falls, which stands 40′ high, hikers arrive at the top of the falls for a picturesque view into a taller, narrow gorge. Unfortunately, there are no trails to access the plunge pool nor lower slopes below, which feature an old growth forest of tall white pines and eastern hemlocks.
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