The Scenic City Hiking Scene

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.

Trails to iconic overlooks include Sunset Rock atop Lookout Mountain, Edwards

Point on Signal Mountain, and Snooper’s Rock in Prentice Cooper State Forest. The

journey on Laurel-Snow Trail includes scenic sights past beautiful bluff views, blue

holes, and roaring falls.

A few local favorite waterfalls include Falling Water Falls, Greeter Falls and Foster

Falls in South Cumberland State Park, and Glen Falls on Lookout Mountain.

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

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