Savage Gulf Area - Swim near Beersheba Springs, Tennessee
Beersheba Springs,Tennessee
35.43281, -85.69935
GPS: 35°25'58.1"N 85°41'57.7"W
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State: Tennessee


The Savage Gulf Area is one of several spectacular natural areas in the in the South Cumberland Recreation Area State Park, on the Cumberland Plateau. This plateau, generally in the area between Crossville, TN and Monteagle, TN is the largest remaining forested plateau in the country. The state park is comprised of 10 distinct natural areas, several of which are deep gorges locally called "gulfs", scattered across this plateau. (There are great swimming holes in some of these areas, some listed herein!) For a hiking trip report to this area...Courtesy of

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From Beersheba Springs, Tennessee

  1. Head southwest on Dahlgren Ave toward Hege Ave (0.2 mi)
  2. Slight right onto TN-56 S (5.0 mi)
  3. Turn left onto Cumberland St (0.1 mi)
  4. Turn left onto Beersheba St (1.1 mi)

From Chattanooga go northwest on I-24 to Monteagle, then northeast on RT 41 to Tracy City. (Stop at South Cumberland Recreation Area Visitors Center or RT 41 before Tracy City and get maps and information) From Tracy City, proceed northwest on RT 56 to Altamont. In Altamont, continue on RT 56 1.2 miles past the courthouse there is a sign for "Greeter Falls'. Turn east (right) at this sign and follow it to the "Greeter Falls Parking Area".

Park here and walk across street to the trailhead. As you enter the trail, you will see a sign saying "Blue Hole Trail .5 Miles" to the right or "Greeter Falls" to the left. Whichever trail you take, you can get to both swimming holes. Blue Hole is just upstream of Greeter Falls. Couldn't be easier and couldn't be better. LAT, LON lat=35.43445, lon=-85.70291(source: Topozone ) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP Very confident. Verified. Updated 1/29/2001

BLUE HOLE [BLUS]: This is a PRIMO swimming hole! It is an easy hike to very large, exceedingly beautiful and deep swimming hole, called "Blue Hole". I have 3 photos to try to give you an idea of this spectacular hole. Don't miss it, and don't mess it up! BLUE HOLE PHOTO 1 , BLUE HOLE PHOTO 2 , BLUE HOLE PHOTO 3. LAT, LON lat=35.43281, lon=-85.69935(source: map ) (accuracy: approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAPVery confident. Verified. Updated 1/29/2001.

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GREETER FALLS [GREE]: Swim in pools at the top and at the bottom of Greeter Falls. PHOTO , PHOTO , YOUTUBE .. LAT, LON lat=35.4343, lon=-85.69624(source: web site) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAPVery confident. Verified. Updated 1/29/2007

There is also a swimming hole at the bottom of Savage Falls, which is in this area, although accessed from another direction:

SAVAGE FALLS [SAVF]: Savage Falls has a large pool at the bottom of a 30 foot water fall. This hole is on the north side of Savage Gulf. (If you prefer less company this is said to be a better choice than Greeter Falls.) LAT, LON lat=35.4411, lon=-85.5537(source: web site ) (accuracy: exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP Directions are similar to those for Greeter Falls except as you proceed northwest on RT 56 from Tracy City, turn right on RT 108 through Gruetli Laager then turn left on RT 399. In about 4 miles, look for the Savage Gulf North ranger station. It is about a 2 mile flat hike in to Savage Falls. There is camping near the parking lot and above the falls. There are no fees. No photo. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 12/14/2003.

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