Collins Gulf Trail

South Cumberland Recreation Area, Tennessee

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Collins Gulf Trail is a hiking trail in Grundy County, Tennessee. It is within South Cumberland Recreation Area. It is 3.8 miles long and begins at 1,015 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,961 feet. The trail ends near the Saw Mill and West Collins camp sites.
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Collins Gulf Trail is a hiking trail in Grundy County, Tennessee. It is within South Cumberland Recreation Area. It is 3.8 miles long and begins at 1,015 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,961 feet. The trail ends near the Saw Mill and West Collins camp sites. This trail connects with the following: Connector Trail, Collins Rim Trail and Collins W Access Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: South Cumberland Recreation Area
Distance: 3.8
Elevation Gain: 1,961 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,015 feet
Top Elevation: 1,744 feet
Parks: South Cumberland Recreation Area
Elevation Min/Max: 1012/1744 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1015/1015 ft

Collins Gulf Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The 9.9-mile Collins Gulf Trail and the 1.6-mile Stagecoach Road Historic Trail combine with a short piece of the Connector Trail to make one of the most fascinating loop hikes on the South Cumberland, with numerous overlooks and waterfalls, including Suter Falls.

This spreading waterfall, the cascading creek, and the massive rock walls of the gorge around Suter Falls make this setting one of the true spectacles of the Southeast. Camping is available at the Collins West Camp Area, Sawmill Camp Area, and Collins East Camp Area. The Stagecoach Road Historic Trail follows the old route of the Stagecoach Road that ran from McMinnville to Chattanooga. Construction of the road began in 1830 and depended heavily on slave labor. The old roadbed, with its rock walls and stone cribbing, is on the National Register of Historic Places."

Collins Gulf Trail Reviews

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5/17/2010
I am a lone day hiker and did this one alone. I would not recommend doing this one alone,there are to many places to get hurt or injured especially at crossings and the boulder fields (it was also wet the day I went) I would highly recommend thie trail it is beautiful and varied.the 1st part is along the creek down in the gourge with several waterfalls (suter is amazing) and the 2nd part runs along the ridge with several overlooks. I am in good shape and this hike I believe is at the limits of a day hike especially ending the last mile crossing a boulder field on the side of ridge. Great hike just be careful and plan on it taking a while to complete. update; did this trail again 5/17/11 and after doing all the trails in savage gulf i think this is one of the best very challenging but ok for day hike. SAT DOWN TO TAKE A BREAK AT STAGECAOCH ROAD/CONNECTOR TRAIL JUNCTION AND I HEARD THE DISTINCT SOUND OF A BEAR WITH 3 SEPERATE TIMES. THE SOUND CAME FORM JUST OVER THE HILL FROM WHERE I CAME AND WAS JUST OUT OF SIGHT EACH SOUND GOT LOUDER AND CLOSER SO I PACKED UP AND MOVED ON UP THE STAGECOACH TRAIL. ADDED SOME EXCITEMENT TO THE HIKE REALLY WANTED TO SEE THE BEAR BUT THE SOUNDS MADE ME BELIEVE IT WANTED ME GONE.
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4/14/2010
Wow! My son and I did the entire loop, about 12 miles in one day. This is a very difficult but rewarding hike. The ascents up out of the gorge can be very tiring, the Connector Trail is also demanding as is the Boulder Crossing that will make mincemeat out of your ankles and feet. Wear sturdy hiking boots, carry plenty of water. The falls, the sinks, and especially the abundance of wildflowers were amazing. Only seasoned hikers in great shape should plan on doing the entire loop in one day. Don't get caught on the trail at dark, as the way can be rough and demands great care. The scenery and geological features are superb!
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