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Following the abandoned railway route of the "Dinky Line" along Savage Creek's north ridge, the Savage Day Loop offers scenic views of the gulf and of Savage Falls. The loop overlooks the plateau top and gives hikers access to several of the Savage Gulf State Natural Area's longer backcountry trails.
Starting by the Savage Gulf Ranger Station, the trail heads north into the woods. Crossing a suspension bridge over Boyd Branch, the route meanders for a mile through the forest to Loop Junction where the actual loop begins. The 2.2-mile loop heads to the right, while the South Rim Trail and Savage Falls can be accessed on the left. Slightly further along the route, there is spur trail on the left that leads to the Savage Falls Overlook. Staying on the Savage Day Loop, take a break at the Rattlesnake Point Overlook and enjoy the view. Continuing a short distance down the trail, the North Rim Trail can be accessed on the left and the loop joins a former narrow-gauge logging railroad grade that was used during the 1920s. Upon reaching Loop junction, turn left to return to Ranger Station.
Parking is available at the Savage Ranger Station, off TN 399.
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