Saturday, April 28, 2012
Savage Gulf State Natural Area 4-28-12-Tony
The day was most beautiful for a 10 mile hike through the Savage Gulf in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee. Myself along with Murfreesboro Tennessee Trail members Martin McCullough, Ann Ford and Gary Frost and a visitor from Knoxville, Pat Serio enjoyed fabulous views from the top of the Great Stone Door before heading down the crack to the Big Creek Gulf Trail.
The BCG, as it is known, is a tough hike due to the many rocks and uneven terrain---but to get to get to Ranger Falls, you have to go that way.
Ranger Falls was flowing nicely and it was nice to feel the spray on such a warm day. We ate our lunch at the falls and then made it back from the spur trail to the BCG so that we could continue to the top. Once there, and after a very nice extended rest we trudged back towards Stone Door along the Big Creek Rim trail which affords beautiful views of the valley below (which is where we were).
I have hiked Savage Gulf many times but NEVER when it has been lined so beautifully with blooming Mountain Laurel....it was everywhere pink and white and it was absolutely stunning to see so much in one place.
The total mileage for this hike was just about 10 miles and all of us felt every bit of it. We all came through happy and healthy and ready to hike another day....