Big Creek Gulf Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,037' 316 m
Descent: -1,035' -315 m
High: 1,905' 581 m
Low: 1,142' 348 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“After descending a stone staircase into the Savage Gulf follow along the Big Creek & waterfall.”— Zach Sutton
This route is a neat mix of boulders, trail, water, and woods. In April, the wildflowers are very awesome. I stop running this trail in May-August due to snakes, but still an awesome run and camping time in these months.
This trail is now officially the Big Creek Gulf Trail. Although this trail is host to less rock and boulders compared to the other portions of the Savage Gulf State Park trails, they are still present, but a fun mix for a technical run.
The run cruises along the Big Creek, which often brings a cool breeze. After a few rolling hills, you'll cruise past one major sink with a waterfall. At mile 4, the trail hits Alum Gap hill and returns 800 feet to the plateau, steep and challenging with loose rock. As you ascend, a stream and another cool breeze comes from the left side and you know you are close to the peak. At the top, the trail becomes Laurel Trail and is a fast, non-technical, 3 mile woods run back into the Ranger Station and parking lot.
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Land Manager: Tennessee State Parks - South Cumberland