Savage Gulf: Big Creek + Ranger Falls

  • March 15, 2014 · 9:15 AM
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MEETUP Time @ 1st CARPOOL LOCATION 7:30 am (CT): Steak 'n' Shake parking lot in Antioch, off I-24 Bell Road Exit #59 - the parking lot formerly known as Target.

Note: I will not be at the carpool. I am looking for a volunteer to help locate lost hikers and coordinate rides.

MEETUP Time @ 2nd CARPOOL LOCATION 8:00 am (CT): Cracker Barrel parking lot in Murfreesboro, off I-24 Exit #81B

@Stone Door Trailhead around 9:20 am (CT)

HIKE DISTANCE: 10-13

DIFFICULTY RATING: Strenuous overall, with some moderate sections

DRIVE TIME: ~1 hr 20 minutes one way from the 2nd carpool

ACTIVITY TIME: Approximately 6 hours, but no promises

DESCRIPTION:

We will hike down the Stone Door Trail to the Great Stone Door, hike into the gorge and back out via the Big Creek Gulf trail, and back to the parking lot via the Big Creek Rim Trail.  This is a beautiful area of one of my favorite parks, and we'll see a lot - the gulf is scenic a la Fiery Gizzard, and there are some nice views of the gorge on the way back.

We'll add side trips to see Ranger and Greeter Falls. The Gulf Trail is challenging, with significant elevation changes and some rocky terrain.  The Rim Trail is a more relaxed walk back to the cars.

I don't plan to set any speed records, but this won't be a slow hike.  Based on the pace, distance, and leg-killing climb out of the gorge, I recommend this one for experienced hikers with at least one 10+ miler in their recent pasts.

Trail map and descriptions are here.

Bring lunch and plenty of water.

Post-hike grub in Monteagle or Manchester.

 

DIRECTIONS:
To trailhead: I-24 East to TN-50 (exit 127). Take TN 50 to TN 56, continue north on 56 through Altamont and Beersheba Springs to reach Stone Door Ranger Station. Turn right on Stone Door Rd.; go 1.5 miles to trailhead.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Please offer your carpool driver sufficient money for gas and vehicle usage. Based on round trip mileage an offer of no less than $10 to $15 per person in a vehicle carrying 3 passengers would be appropriate.

We should complete the round trip and be back at the trailhead by 4:00p.m. - later if we hit Greeter Falls.  Post hike meal is optional.

Please RSVP with integrity. If you've signed up, then learn you cannot attend, please change your RSVP to "No, Can't Go," as soon as possible.

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  • Jessica

    Great day! Let's do the marathon next time.

    March 16

  • christa

    Fantastic hike, Jessica! And a great group of fellow hikers. I think I'll pass on the marathon though. :-)

    March 16

  • Tricia

    Jessica, Thanks for leading a great hike. All factors made for a fantastic day, nice trail and scenery, weather and most of all a nice group of folks. A pleasure to hike with each of you, look forward to the next time!

    2 · March 16

  • Tom

    The weather was perfect for this hike.

    March 16

  • Donna K.

    Wish I could be there!

    March 15

  • Sheryl H

    Nobody has shown up in Nashville. On my way to Cracker barrel.

    March 15

  • Scott

    See you at 8

    March 15

  • Sheryl H

    I mean 7:30am at Antioch and then we'll proceed to Cracker Barrel.

    March 15

  • yvonne

    Yes I'll be there before 8

    March 15

  • Sheryl H

    Not sure if anyone is meeting at the Antioch location but I need to pass by there to get on I-24. If nobody shows up by 8am, I will meet yall at Cracker Barrel.

    March 14

    • Robert J.

      We are going to leave Cracker Barrel at 8.

      March 15

  • Michael (Mike) H.

    Beth got free, so I'm doing something local with her. Have fun everyone!

    1 · March 14

  • Robert J.

    Christa and I will be at Cracker Barrel.

    March 14

  • Tom

    I'll be at the Carpool #2 Cracker Barrel, who else besides Scott and I? Yvonne will you be there?

    March 14

  • Sondra

    Sprained my ankle at Edwin Warner today, would not be able to handle this hike tomorrow. Have fun

    March 14

  • Kristie

    I got last minute tickets to a show Saturday night.

    March 14

  • Jessica

    The weather looks great for tomorrow... see you all there!

    3 · March 14

  • Christine D.

    I think I may need to woe up to this one. I'm trying to get back in shape. I'll catch the next one.

    March 13

  • Christine D.

    Will anyone be coming through Murfreesboro I the way?

    March 11

    • Tom

      I will be coming through there.

      March 11

    • Scott

      I will be at the murfreesboro location

      March 11

  • christa

    Jessica, are Bob and my pace suitable for this hike?

    March 10

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