Area Attractions

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The South Cumberland Plateau is home to some of Tennessee’s most diverse and spectacular scenery. It is the largest remaining forested plateau in the continental United States. Totaling 21,649 acres, the South Cumberland is managed as a single park. It is a popular destination for hikers. In addition to hiking and camping, the park offers opportunities for picnicking, swimming, fishing, caving, visiting historic ruins, rock climbing and rappelling, viewing spectacular rock formations, wildlife and waterfalls.
The Perimeter Trail, located on the University of the South also offers hikes and scenic views around the Domain.
Some valuable resources to get you started on your exploration of the area include the
Friends of the South Cumberland Recreation Area and the Sewanee Outing Program. The Sewanee Herbarium also sponsors events. Click here for a detailed map of the South Cumberland Park. Photos by Friends of South Cumberland Recreation Area unless otherwise noted.

Big Creek Gulf

Loop | Savage Gulf Natural Area
The Big Creek Gulf Trail and Big Creek Rim Trail form a loop of approximately 8 miles that goes in the state natural area.

Blue Hole Falls

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Falls | Fiery Gizzard
The falls can be seen, along with a 500-year old hemlock tree, on the Grundy Forest Day Loop.

Buggytop Trail

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Loop | Savage Gulf Natural Area
Buggytop Trail is in the Carter Natural Area, a 375-acre natural area located in Franklin County in South Cumberland State Park. It is a strenuous five-mile hike. Turn left on Highway 56 and go approximately six miles to the parking area on the left. There is a Carter Natural Area sign. Buggytop Trail begins at the parking lot.

Carter Natural Area

Natural Area | South Cumberland
The Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lee Carter Natural Area is a 375-acre natural area located in Franklin County and part of the South Cumberland Recreation Area. A significant cave system extends from Lost Cove to the head of Crow Creek.
Because of the occurrence of bats with white nose syndrome (WNS) in Tennessee, caves on state owned lands are closed to the public until further notice.

Chimney Rock

Rocks | Grundy Forest Natural Area
Part of the Grundy Forest Natural Area, the Chimney Rocks are rock formations that range from 25 to 60 feet tall.

Dog Hole Trail

Trail | Grundy Forest Natural Area
Dog Hole Trail is a 5.6 mile out and back trail located near Tracy City. The trail is moderate and primarily used for hiking. It is part of the Grundy Forest Natural Area.

Foster Falls

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Waterfall | South Cumberland
Foster Falls is a 60-foot waterfall located in the TVA small wild area. There is a campground and picnic area. The South Cumberland manages 550 acres at Foster Falls that has become a destination for sport rock climbing.

Green's View

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Hike | Perimeter Trail
Green’s View is accessible by car. From University Avenue, turn onto Green’s View Road and travel to the end of the road. Green’s View offers a spectacular view of Roark’s Cove. It is also an access point for the Perimeter Trail. Photo by Isabel Butler

Bridal Veil

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Hike | Perimeter Trail
Bridal Veil is a moderate three-mile hike in Sewanee that features a waterfall. The Bridal Veil Arch is located at the sinkhole at the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls. Facing the valley at Morgan’s Steep on Morgan’s Steep Road, take the Perimeter Trail to your right. Photo by Marisa Wilson

Cator Savage Cabin

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Cabin | Savage Gulf
Cator Savage, a descendant of Samuel Savage, built the original cabin. Savage Gulf is named after Samuel.

Collins Gulf

Trail | South Cumberland
The Collin's Gulf Trail is accessed from the trailhead near the Swiss Memorial School in Gruetli-Laager. The parking area is on 55th Avenue, about three miles south of State Highway 108. This is a spectacular area for spring woodland wildflowers. It is approximately a strenuous 4.5-mile hike.

Fiery Gizzard Trail

Trail | South Cumberland
Fiery Gizzard Trail goes from Tracy City to Foster Falls. The 17-mile Fiery Gizzard trail provides numerous waterfalls, gorges, overlooks and campgrounds.
There are two entrances to Fiery Gizzard. The north entrance is from the Grundy Forest State Natural Area and is about three miles from the South Cumberland Visitor Center. The south entrance is eleven and one-half miles from the Visitor Center and is accessed via U.S. Highway 41 or State Route 150. The entrance is within the TVA managed Foster Falls area.
Please note the trail is being rerouted and the campsite at Raven’s Point is closed.

Franklin-Marion County State Forest

Recreation | Forest
This forest is approximately 7,737 acres. The land was acquired in 1936 from the Cross Creek Coal Company. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division assumed management of the area in 1940. The forest has been traditionally used for hunting. Other recreational uses include horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and camping. Take Hwy 41 to Hwy 156 (between Sewanee and Monteagle), also known as South Pittsburg Mountain Road. Turn south onto Hwy 156 and follow the signs for Franklin State Forest on the left.

Greeter Falls

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Falls, Trail | Savage Gulf Natural Area
Part of the Savage Gulf Natural Area and located in the northeast corner of the South Cumberland complex, Greeter Falls features a day use trail that is part of the Savage Gulf trails network. The trailhead is three miles from the town of Altamont and is just off Highway 56. Greeter Falls and Boardtree Falls are highlights within this strikingly beautiful area. Greeter Trail connects this section with Stone Door and other features within the Savage Gulf area.

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