Trail: Hobbs Cabin Loop (Savage Day Loop, North Plateau, & North Rim Trails)
Location: Savage Gulf State Recreation Area; Tracy City, TN
Trail/Loop Length: 17.6 Miles (9.4 miles out, 8.2 miles back)
Difficulty: Easy other than mileage - mostly flat terrain
Solitude: Excellent to moderate
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|Ebony takes a creekside respite along the Savage Day Loop.|
To be perfectly honest, this section is pretty boring in comparison to the dramatic river gorges, overlooks, and rock formations that Savage Gulf is known for. As mentioned, my goal is to hike every trail in the park. If your time is limited, I suggest skipping this area for more scenic routes. If, like me, you want a long hike, good workout, and the opportunity to see all that this state natural area has to offer, the North Plateau Trail offers abundant solitude in a peaceful setting. This section provides gentle, easy terrain with only minimal elevation changes over rolling hills. It is roughly 6.5 miles. The last quarter mile offers a nice payoff, however, given the trail dips southward along the eastern gorge, offering a beautiful overlook view. To top things off, this overlook is only a short jaunt from Hobbs Cabin, making the day's end even more rewarding.
|Sunset at overlook just a short walk north of Hobbs Cabin|
|Hobbs Cabin interior|
|Interior from other direction|
After retracing this same 0.3 section you took the day before, you will hit the day loop. The signage will direct you to your left for the quickest route back to the ranger station. I chose to take a right to see the other side of the day loop which offers another overlook, Rattlesnake Point, as well as a short side trail with an overlook of Savage Falls. Just after hitting the Savage Falls Overlook, you will reach a sign that offers the option for you to take a right to hit the South Rim Trail, Savage Falls, and the Savage Falls Campground. If you are ready to head back, simply take a left and follow the signs back to the Ranger Station and parking lot less than a mile and a half away.
|The spring creek and water source just by Hobbs Cabin.|
|Conifer trees in midday sun as seen from North Rim Trail overlook|
|Savage Falls - a worthy side trip. (Photo from fall 2014 during a somewhat dry spell.)|
Where to park (Google Maps)
Savage Gulf Phone Numbers: Savage Gulf Ranger Station- 931.779.3532; Stone Door Ranger Station - 931.692.3887
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