With more than 50 trailheads within 30 minutes of downtown, Chattanooga is home
to some of the best hiking in the Southeast.
From scenic overlooks on Signal Mountain to challenging climbs on the Cumberland
Trail and family-friendly hikes at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center,
there is an outdoor adventure for hikers of all levels.
The Cumberland Trail has over 210 miles of hiking trails to explore. Experienced
hikers can tackle the 10-mile Big Daddy Loop Trail on Lookout Mountain or the
difficult trek over steep ridges and rolling hills from Suck Creek Road to Mushroom
20 minutes from downtown, Audubon Acres has 5 miles of easy trails fit for the
whole family or take the crew to Cravens House, a short, historic hike on Lookout
Mountain with a panoramic view of the city.
journey on Laurel-Snow Trail includes scenic sights past beautiful bluff views, blue
holes, and roaring falls.
Featuring 6 miles of trails and beautiful turquoise waters, Lula Falls in Lula Lake
Land Trust is about 25 minutes from downtown.
Whether you’re looking for a leisurely hike, a strenuous climb, or an overview of the
city, there’s a hike for almost everyone surrounding the Scenic City.
My Top 5 Trails in Chattanooga
1. Edward's Point
My first recommendation for anyone looking to hike in Chattanooga. Starting at Signal Point, the hike is 5.8 miles out-and-back, with amazing views of the Tennessee River Gorge and Chattanooga Valley. You'll wonder through rocky gardens, over bridge crossings, up a few steep climbs and past several overlooks before reaching the point.
2. Sunset Rock
Some may say it's the best view of the Scenic City, and I'd have to agree. Atop Lookout Mountain, Sunset Rock provides a panorama view of the city as far as the eye can see. The point can be easily accessed by a .3 mile trail from the parking lot or if you're looking for a little exercise, the hike from Craven's House is 3 mile roundtrip. A convenient location to downtown, an easy hike, and an amazing views – what more could you as for?
3. Suck Creek
For a change of scenery and a dose of adventure, I recommend hiking along Suck Creek. Hopping from rock to rock across the creek brings back the feeling of a childhood adventure. With very few passerbys, miles of flowing water, and multiple water holes, Suck Creek can be a private escape.
4. Stringer's Ridge
You don't have to look far from the city to get lost in the outdoors. A favorite for it's proximity to downtown, Stringer's Ridge is ideal for a short hike, a quick trail run or afternoon bike ride. The 92 acre park is only 2 miles from downtown and provides a charming trail system to explore.
5. West Rim Loop - Cloudland Canyon State Park
Ranked as one of the top ten hikes in America, the West Rim Loop trail is worth the visit to Cloudland Canyon. The 4.8 miles trail is one of Georgia's most scenic hikes providing spectacular views of the canyon rims