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Located in Cumberland Plateau in Southeastern Tennessee, about 10 miles away from Dunlap, Savage Gulf State Natural Area encompasses 15,590 acres. Listed as a National Natural Landmark, Savage Gulf State Natural Area lies near the city of Monteagle and is located entirely within the South Cumberland State Recreation Area. It is one of the units of South Cumberland State Park. This natural stretches to Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. This natural area is named after Decatur Savage, who lived here with his family in the past.
Savage Gulf State Natural Area is currently home to over ten scenic waterfalls, including Ranger Creek Falls, Greeter Falls, Boardtree Falls, and Laurel Falls. Its rugged terrain features rivers, rocky outcroppings, bluffs, and streams. Besides its awe-inspiring scenery, Savage Gulf State Natural Area has much to offer for outdoor enthusiasts. The most popular recreational activities include hiking, picnicking, photography, and nature walks. Book an RV rental in Dunlap and enjoy all the awesome activities this scenic natural area has to offer.
Dotted with several scenic overlooks and more than 50 miles of recreational trails, hiking is a popular way of exploring Savage Gulf State Natural Area scenic landscapes. Hiking affords visitors excellent views of the falls and canyons. If you are interested in waterfalls, some of the best trails include Big Creek Gulf Trail and Greeter Falls Loop Trail.
While exploring this natural area, don't miss visiting the Great Stone Door. This geological wonder can be accessed by hiking the nearly one mile Stone Door Trail. Great Stone Door is the name given to the narrow crevice that runs along the canyon rim and resembles an open door. At Stone Door Overlook, visitors are rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding scenic bluffs and the gorge below.
While visiting Savage Gulf State Natural Area, consider spending some minutes in the Stone Door area to enjoy rappelling and rock climbing. For these activities, you will need a permit.
Although Savage Gulf State Natural Area offers backcountry camping, only there are lots of RV- friendly campgrounds within a short driving distance where overnight visitors can camp in their motorhome rentals. Mountain Glen RV Park & Campground in Pikeville is one of the safest spots in this area; it offers 40 full hookups sites. Its big-friendly sites provide amenities such as modern bathrooms, a laundry facility, and a dump station.
Perched along Chickamauga Lake shorelines Blue Water RV Resort and Marina in Dayton is a perfect choice to park your luxury RV rental. Resort amenities include full hookups, laundry facilities, restrooms, and a pool. Located in Altamont, about half an hour drive away, Grand View Cabins and RV Park is a ten site campground offering full hookups. Laundry facilities and restrooms are some of the amenities available.
For KOA fans, Manchester KOA Holiday is located about an hour's drive away. Camping here with your travel trailer rental is convenient thanks to amenities such as full hookups, restrooms, and a laundry area.
When you rent an RV in Dunlap, you will be glad to know that there is no shortage of outdoor activities. There are plenty of zoos, recreational parks, and museums. Chattanooga Zoo, about an hour's drive away, offers the perfect day trip opportunity from Savage Gulf State Natural Area, particularly for RVers who enjoy wildlife viewing. Nestled within Chattanooga's Warner Park, this 13-acre zoo is a habitat for hundreds of animals. They include foxes, red pandas, jaguars, snow leopards, giraffes, and peacocks.
For the adventurous visitors, Cumberland Caverns is about 27 miles away. Located in McMinnville, this is one of the longest underground caves. These fascinating caves feature waterfalls and pools. If you are keen enough, you can spot bats and fish during the cave tours.
If you are mining history buffs spare a couple of hours to visit the Coke Oven Museum with your RV rental. Located about 16 miles away, this museum prides itself on preserving the region's coal mining history. Notable exhibits include mining tools, hundreds of coke ovens, and remnants of mining cars.
When you are looking for a perfect place to relax and unwind with your family, consider driving your RV rental to Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park. Located near Chattanooga, TN slightly over an hour drive away offers this place offers a fun-filled day for the whole family. One of the primary attractions in this 85-acre park is SoakYa Waterpark. Spanning five acres, this is a great place to cool off during summer, enjoy water rides, paddleboats, and for kids to have fun on the lazy river.