Savage Gulf State Natural Area (Stone Door entrance)
Savage Gulf is 15,590-acre natural area located in Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. Carved like a giant crowfoot into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau, it is one ofTennessee's most scenic wilderness areas. Its sheer sandstone cliffs and rugged canyons provide extraordinary views. A significant feature is Stone Door, a 10 ft. wide by 100 ft. deep crack, forming from the top of the escarpment into the gorge below. It looks like a giant door left ajar and was once used by Indians as a passageway. Breathtaking waterfalls form at the head of many gorges, where streams drop off over hard sandstone cap rock.
The Laurel Falls Overlook is 300 feet from the parking lot while the Stone Door is approximately 1 mile. The Gulf is huge and one could spend several days walking through it experiencing all the waterfalls and cliffs it has to offer. While much of the gorge is second growth forest, there is one large section of old growth mixed mesophytic forest in the gorge. The gorge forests abound with oaks, hickories, maples, yellow poplars, hemlocks, pines and many other tree species. Beneath the forest canopy is a vast array of shrubs, vines, wildflowers, mosses and ferns. The natural area is a part of the South Cumberland State Park. Savage Gulf is also on the Registry of National Natural Landmarks.
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1183 Stone Door Road
Beersheba Spgs, Tennessee 37305
- Greeter Falls, 0.1 miles away
- Beersheba Springs Historic District, 2.1 miles away
- Collins River Golf Course at the Reserve at Collins River, 12.9 miles away
- Grundy Lakes State Park, 13.6 miles away
- Dutch Made Bakery, 14.2 miles away