The Stone Door

Running from the top of the escarpment into the gorge below, the Stone Door was once used by Native Americans as a passageway. As shown here, it winds up and around the corner, with 153 steps.

It’s located at the Savage Gulf State Natural Area of the South Cumberland State Park, in Beersheba, Tennessee, and can be visited by hikers along a one mile trail.

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    1. I’ve looked without clarity, though suspect the steps were placed by human hands; which makes sense, as there is no other immediate area from which to descend into the gorge – to the river below.

    1. Good morning, Michele. 🌞🌹 That’s a good question. I’ve read that this passage was originally used by Native Americans, providing a manageable trail below the tall cliffs, into the gorge – with a sizable but sloped descent remaining, thereafter, to the river. As for the “when”…not sure. However, at Northrup Falls (northern, mid-TN), there were cliff dwelling Indians roughly 3000 years ago. Given that this is a State Park with visitor access encouraged, though, I suspect (but don’t know) that, at some point, the steps may have been reworked for safety concerns.

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