Collins Gulf Trail is a long and difficult trail. The gulf section is rocky, requires several creek fords and can be difficult to pass during high water. The rim section has beautiful overlooks of the Collins Gulf below.
0.0 Trail begins at Collins Gulf parking lot
0.15 Entrance to Collins West Campsite (nice place to camp if arriving late with overlook).
0.2 Trail merges with logging road. Second entrance to Collins West Camp. Trail begins steep descent.
0.45 Trail becomes rocky and moves along the edge of a huge rockhouse with Rocky Mountain Creek to the right. Sutter Falls is at the end of the rockhouse with Rocky Mountain Creek plunging some 40'. The trail drops down off the ledge and requires you to ford the creek.
0.55 Trail climbs over small boulders and moves up and down along the bluffs for a short time before it begins to move away from the bluff and descend into the gulf.
1.7 Spur trail leads down some wood steps to Horsepound Falls.
3.0 Trumpet Creeper Ford (ford creek during high water).
3.4 Old jeep road to left leads up to 120-foot bluff containing Schwoon Cave, spring, and 30' sinkhole.
3.5 Sawmill Camp, Connector Trail (left to Stone Door, right to Hobbs Cabin and Stage Coach Road Historic Trail).
Stage Coach Road Historic Trail begins at the end of the South Rim trail and connects to the Collins Gulf Trail.
0.0 Trail begins at end of South Rim and Collins Gulf Trails.
0.1 Stacked rocks keep the trail level as it descends toward the Collins River.
0.2 Rock wall terraces were once used as a trail for livestock.
0.5 Skinny Falls to the right
Last Modified 4/17/17
Route 1, Box 2196
Monteagle , TN 37356
Stone Door: 931-692-3887
Savage Gulf: 931-779-353
The Savage Gulf is located in central Tennessee in South Cumberland Mountains. It can be accessed from interstate 24 at the Monteagle, Tenn exit 127. Take TN 50 to TN 56, through Altamont to junction of TN 108. Directions
$8.00 site fee. These campsites are located within designated back country campgrounds. Reservations and more camping information can be found online.
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