Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hike # 5 North Rim/Mountain Oak--Savage Gulf, 7:30am, Saturday

North Rim, Mountain Oak, and North Plateau Trails.  10 miles moderate.  Savage Gulf State Natural Area, Palmer, TN.  Hike Leader Garnett Rush.

The North Rim Trail and the North Plateau Trail combine to provide a walk with little elevation change that loops by numerous overlooks of Savage Gulf.  The North Rim Trail has  more overlooks than any other trail on the South Cumberland.  From these viewpoints, you will see the confluence of tributary gorges with Savage Gulf, old-growth forests in the bottom of the gorge, the scars of avalanches, and the junction of the three gulfs that make up the state natural area. 

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