This is the one last area of Savage Gulf I haven’t explored yet. So, with two days off in a row for the first time in a while, I decided to do a quick backpack over the Hobbs Cabin.
It didn’t turn out great. A combination of heat, stress from the previous week, my aversion for taking rests and emotions lead me to a break down shortly before I reached the Hobbs Cabin campsites. Even though I have hiked and overnighted by myself many times before, this time felt horrible and lonely. I can’t really fully explain it but sometimes the outdoors just teaches you things you aren’t prepared for.
So, I started the hike at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station and took a longer and more difficult way to Hobbs Cabin via the South Rim, Stagecoach Road and Connector trails. I am not exactly in prime hiking shape, so 12+ miles with the last 3 of the Connector Trail being the hardest was a challenge. (And because I am so stubborn, I won’t rest for more than, like, 5 minutes.
I’ve always enjoyed the history behind the Stagecoach Road – also called Stageroad on this sign- trail (a “highway” that was built from McMinnville to Chattanooga for wagons and such) and Savage Gulf isn’t lyin’ about the Connector Trial being the most difficult in the park. I just wish I would have slowed down and enjoyed it more.
The Hobbs Cabin campsite is a great place to stay the night with a large area with picnic table around the Cabin and 8 sites surrounding it with water a short 50 yards away.
Both the North and South Rim trails have plenty of great viewpoints of the gulf, one in particular is one of my favorites to date, mostly because you can see the mouth of all three gulfs.
So, overall, in theory, it is a great loop. Maybe just don’t do it in the condition I was in…
Distance from Nashville: 1hr 45 min
Trailhead: Savage Gulf Ranger Station
Trail: Savage Day Loop, South Rim, Stagecoach Road, North Rim, Savage Day Loop
Length of Hike: Just shy of 20 miles
Overview: A decently challenging great overnight backpack, in theory, with great views of the Gulf and a neat little cabin.