Tennessee Guide for Tourist
SOUTH CUMBERLAND STATE RECREATION AREA
12,000 acres. Situated at the southern end of the Cumberland Plateau, in south-central Tennessee, this scenic state recreation area consists of seven separate tracts of land. Largest by far is the 11,400-acre Savage Gulf Natural Area.
Savage Gulf includes virgin forest and three deep gulfsâ (gorges) overlooked by sandstone cliffs, with large streams and waterfalls. Throughout the recreation area are oak-hickory forests with pine and hemlock, plus mountain laurel. Deer, bobcat, and fox are among the wildlife.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are possible on 85 miles of trails in the area. Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous. Rock climbing is available by permit from the ranger station. Limited hunting is allowed in season with a permit. Some trails are closed during deer hunting season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is restricted to nine backcountry camping areas in the Savage
Gulf Natural Area, and also three primitive camping areas by the 12-mile Fiery Gizzard Trail, which runs alongside the deep gorge of Fiery Gizzard Creek.
A camping permit is required, and may be obtained from a ranger station. A separate fire permit is necessary in order to have a campfire, which may be built only in established fire rings. Campfires are not allowed at some sites, and may be banned altogether in dry weather.
For Further Information: South Cumberland State Recreation Area, Route 1, Box 144-H, Tracy City, TN 37387; (615)924-2980.