Savage Gulf, located in Grundy and Sequatchie counties, is the newest state park in Tennessee, bringing the total of Tennessee’s state parks to 57.
The park, featuring one of Tennessee’s most scenic wilderness areas, includes the nearly 19,000-acre Savage Gulf State Natural Area. The park offers approximately 60 miles of hiking to remarkable vistas, waterfalls, and historical locations such as the Stagecoach Road. The Great Stone Door is an impressive cliff line overlooking the Savage Gulf. It gets its name from a top-to-bottom crack in the cliff that runs from the top to the bottom, resembling a door left slightly ajar. This is one of the many ways to access the gulf below. Many of the trails are perfect for wildflower hunts as the hiker traverses the different environs of the top of the plateau and the deep gulfs.
The new park includes land formerly managed as part of South Cumberland State Park. The Tennessee General Assembly provided $30,380,000 for future improvements, including a visitors center, RV campground, and infrastructure to support these new facilities. For now, current access points into the park remain as is.
Savage Gulf has nine backcountry campgrounds (Hobbs, Dinky Line, Savage Falls, Stagecoach Road, Collin West, Savage Station, Alum Gap, Sawmill, and Stone Door) that can be reserved online.
The park has four trailhead parking lots. The Savage Gulf North parking area offers restroom facilities, a ranger station, a picnic area, and a picnic pavilion. The bluffs at Stone Door offer visitors the opportunity to 'rock climb and rappel' with seven designated routes—Permits required.