Day2 Collins Gulf 

This is someone else's hike track but we did it starting and ending at SawMill Camp Ground.


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Author: MtneerInTN
Date: 6 Mar 2012 9:34:50 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: Tennessee (TN)
Distance: 12.6 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1970 ft
Total Loss: 1970 ft
Net Change: 0 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: Chattanooga, Gruetli Laager, Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee, Waterfall Hikes, wildflowers
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

The Collins Gulf Trail and the Stagecoach Road Historic Trail combine with short connector trails to make one of the most fascinating loop hikes in the South Cumberland. One of the trip highlights is a visit to the massive rock wall arena of the Suter Falls gorge. The Stagecoach Road Historic Trail follows the old route of the Stagecoach toll road that ran from McMinnville to Chattanooga. This old roadbed with its rock walls and stone cribbing built using slave labor, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Note: During rainy months, this hike will offer many wet crossings, and in freezing temperatures the trail is actually closed at Suter Falls because of ice danger.

MORE INFO: Friends of South Cumberland State Recreation Area


-Mapped by Kelly Stewart,
Nashville Hiking Meetup

TO TRAILHEAD: Take I-24 to exit 134 to TN 56 through Tracy City to TN 108. At TN 108, turn right (south) on TN 108 to Gruetli Laager. Turn left on 55th Ave. Collins Gulf parking area is about 4 miles on left.

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Collins Gulf

Distance: 12.60 mi Points: 500
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

COL001

Location: 35.406638, -85.593428
Begin at trailhead/parking area. Day hikers and backpackers must sign in at kiosk.

COL002

Location: 35.410174, -85.594888
Campsites and first overlook to your right. Continue left toward Collins Gulf Trails.

COL003

Location: 35.411550, -85.596409
Continue straight toward Collins East Campsites

COL004

Location: 35.410801, -85.594151
Trail begins descent

COL005

Location: 35.409882, -85.592437
Trail crosses area of pooling water in wet months

COL006

Location: 35.409626, -85.591717
Trail begins rocky path

COL007

Location: 35.407279, -85.588786
Trail begins to follow cliff walls to your right

COL008

Location: 35.404167, -85.587558
Cross Collins River on a 100' suspension bridge above the boulders

COL009

Location: 35.405378, -85.585183
Collins East Campsites

COL010

Location: 35.407150, -85.584800
Stream crossing

COL011

Location: 35.410408, -85.585793
Stream crossing

COL012

Location: 35.418292, -85.591440
Creek crossing

COL013

Location: 35.422404, -85.593162
Creek crossing

COL014

Location: 35.430528, -85.598538
Stream crossing

COL015

Location: 35.431634, -85.600715
Side trail to overlook

COL016

Location: 35.432624, -85.592546
Wet crossing

COL017

Location: 35.437156, -85.597025
Side trail to overlook

COL018

Location: 35.442305, -85.598147
Start of Stagecoach Road. Trail begins an almost 800 foot descent into the gorge.

COL019

Location: 35.442000, -85.599160
Smaller waterfall

COL020

Location: 35.446173, -85.602421
Continue along the Stage Road Trail downhill

COL021

Location: 35.452243, -85.618050
Turn left here and head toward Sawmill Campsite

COL022

Location: 35.449900, -85.616052
Cross small bridge

COL023

Location: 35.448687, -85.615537
Sawmill Campsite

COL024

Location: 35.448335, -85.615141
Trail crosses bridge toward Stone Door Trail, but continue straight

COL025

Location: 35.446793, -85.613644
Side trail to Schwoon Springs

COL026

Location: 35.442861, -85.608243
Cross the Collins River. During wet months this can be more treacherous.

COL027

Location: 35.430293, -85.604909
Trail crosses river once again and can be deep during wet months. Be prepared to change into sandals or water shoes to cross successfully.

COL028

Location: 35.428362, -85.603141
Short side trail to Horsepound Falls

COL029

Location: 35.412695, -85.597704
Continue ascending trail out of gorge

COL030

Location: 35.410722, -85.597486
Cross bridge at Suter Falls, the spectacular waterfall of Rocky Mountain Creek.

COL031

Location: 35.410409, -85.596581
Continue the trail right and follow signs to exit 55th Street

COL032

Location: 35.410181, -85.595029
Retrace steps out of Collins Gulf and head toward 55th Street parking area

COL033

Location: 35.407005, -85.593561
Trail ends back at parking area

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