Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Collins Gulf in spring -- wildflower season

The Collins Gulf Trail on Monday, April 21, 2008.
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About a mile from Sutter Falls down the Collins Gulf trail near Gruelti-Laager, TN on the Cumberland Plateau, there is one of the best spring wildflower displays in the state. This year was no exception.

I love the Collins Gulf Trail and claim it as part of Bill's TN Paradise because it is the most remote part of the Savage Gulf Natural Area and it's the trail that you're least likely to see anyone. The Collins Loop is my favorite area hike, about 16 miles. (I put up a web page about this hike with photos). Most people that visit Savage Gulf walk the paved mile trail to Stone Door. It's been years since I've been to Stone Door since it's become a tourist spot. Even worse, there is a development going in at Ranger Falls area of Savage Gulf. However, the Collins remains wild, rugged and natural. It was a gorgeous day for a hike with Tana.

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