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Nestled within the untamed wilderness of Tennessee yet only 20 minutes from our Altamont Glamping Campus lies Savage Gulf, a haven for nature enthusiasts seeking solace under the stars. Away from the glare of city lights, the night sky above Savage Gulf transforms into a mesmerizing tapestry of twinkling stars, offering an unparalleled stargazing experience. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or a curious novice, stargazing in Savage Gulf’s remote location, with its minimal light pollution, makes it an ideal destination for stargazing enthusiasts.

Best Stargazing Spots

While Savage Gulf itself offers ample opportunities for stargazing, some spots stand out for their unobstructed views of the night sky. Head to the overlooks along the Savage Gulf trails for panoramic vistas of the horizon, where the Milky Way stretches across the heavens like a celestial highway.

Greeter Trail (1 mile/easy)

This short trail connects the Alum Gap Campground with the Greeter Falls Area. The trail begins near Alum Gap Campground,


0.2 Big Bluff Overlook (to the left)

Big Creek Rim Trail (2.30 miles/moderate)

This trail follows the edge of the plateau above the Big Creek Gulf. It can form half of a loop using either the Laurel or Big Creek Gulf trails as the other half.


0.3 Split Rock Overlook
1.6 Sinks Overlook
2.5 Pine Rock Overlook
2.7 Big Creek Overlook

Collins Rim Trail (6.10 miles/difficult)

This trail goes along the edge of the plateau on the east side of the Collins River Gulf. There are a few short trails to lookout spots marked with blue blazes.


3.5 Collins River Overlook (to the left)
3.7 Standing Rock Overlook (to the left)
4.3 Horsepound Point Overlook (to the left)
5.6 Blue Branch Overlook (to the left)

A Celestial Safari

Grab your binoculars or telescope and embark on a celestial safari to explore the wonders of the cosmos up close. Scan the night sky for familiar constellations like Orion, Ursa Major, and Cassiopeia. Keep an eye out for shooting stars streaking across the sky!

Tips for Stargazing In Savage Gulf

To make the most of your stargazing adventure in Savage Gulf, here are a few tips to keep in mind:


  1. Check the weather forecast beforehand to ensure clear skies for optimal stargazing conditions.
  2. Bring along a red flashlight to preserve your night vision and avoid disturbing fellow stargazers.
  3. Dress warmly and comfortably, as temperatures can drop significantly after dark.
  4. Consider downloading a stargazing app to help you identify constellations, stars, and planets with ease.

Stargazing in Savage Gulf is a truly magical experience that offers a glimpse into the vastness of the cosmos. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or a curious novice, the dark skies above Savage Gulf beckon you to embark on a journey of exploration and wonder. So, pack your telescope, don your stargazing cap, and prepare to be dazzled by the celestial wonders that await you in this pristine natural sanctuary.

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