Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology and beautiful vistas. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton's Gulch Creek, and elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet. The most spectacular view into the canyon is found near the picnic area parking lot; however, additional views can be found along the rim trail. Hardy visitors who hike to the bottom of the gorge (including a 600-step staircase) find two waterfalls cascading over layers of sandstone and shale into pools below. (For visitor safety, wading in pools and climbing on waterfalls is not allowed.) Cottages are located near the canyon edge, while the parks walk-in campsites provide exceptional privacy for tents. Be sure to stop by the office gift shop for hiking sticks, camping supplies, snacks, toys, disc golf supplies, books at more. Outdoor lovers should not miss this parks spectacular scenery.
There was no water when I went and the fall colors weren't doing that great with the drought, guess I'll have to go back! Came from the Park, so did half the West Rim Loop after. Just went down to the "falls" and explored that area for a while. Don't think I finished this trail either since there was no water....The park charges like $5 to get in and park I think. Coming down all those stairs was hard on the knees, but going up was very strenuous. There are lots of benches to stop and rest on the way up, which I took advantage of. Definitely took my time. I already plan to go back when there is more water so I would gladly do it again! Tons of steps and all!
Very scenic trail. Not very strenuous, you stay on top of the ridge 90% of the time. You can skip the backside of the trail and see most of the big views within 4 miles. The woods themselves are nice though and theres a couple of interesting overlooks on the backside of the trail, so id say its worth it to do the whole thing.
A truly beautiful trail, the fall colors were stunning even though they were only about 20%. The falls were dry not even a trickle coming over the edge. A well marked trail We took our 11lb. dog along and he (us to) had a good workout.
We are not from the area we are traveling the waterway however we rented a car so we could visit some of the tourist "must see's" We were not disappointed and hope to return.
We really enjoyed this trail! Beautiful scenery, just enough distance and interest to be a good workout. Only downside was that we were looking forward to the waterfalls and didn't know there'd been a long drought so they were all dried up-no water anywhere! The trail was very well marked though, and we'd definitely do it again!
We started from the Park so the steps were first but then they were also last and needless to say, 600 steps up. Regardless, the trail is well worth the effort. My wife and I have looked into the canyon from about every angle so it was great to finally walk through the canyon and come out at the mouth. The bluffs look fantastic from the bottom when looking up almost 1000'. If you hike this trail, don't rush. Take your tone to enjoy the water, the rock formations, the forest, but most of all, the quiet.
This is a beautiful park that looks like a good camping location. The stairs are a little weird, but it's the safest way to construct a path to the bottom. Not much water in the basin or any flowing over the falls, but it's pleasant and the view from the rim is amazing. I do not recommend the Waterfall Trail/Sittons Gulch to anyone who can't climb multiple flights of stairs because it is intense.
I hiked this trail in late June. I had an amazing experience! Clean and quiet and beautiful. There are plenty of great overlooks and little critters to view! Just watch out for snakes! I came across two on my hike. I was slightly disappointed that there was very little water flowing in the riverbed, but that took absolutely 0 away from the trail. I have hiked some amazing trails all over America and don't pass out 5 stars all willy nilly lol, but this one definitely deserves the rating!
I hiked this trail back in late June and I loved it! I hiked it after I hiked the West Rim Trail, in the heat of the day. It was hot and humid and all that good stuff, but the beauty of the the trail trumped the conditions.There wasn't much water flowing throw the river bed. By much I mean next to none lol. The rocky river bed and the tall pines were just as beautiful as anything out there. The only reason I didn't give this trail a 5 star is because the flat land stretch towards the end got a little monotonous and boring. Not a big deal, though! Just be ready for those stairs on the way back up. Lord have mercy, they will definitely put your lungs and legs to the test!
Mindy V. on West Rim Loop Trail
Great trail with beautiful overlooks.
We did the West Rim Loop Trail. Tthe overlooks were beautiful. The only downside to this trail was that it was a bit crowded with groups of younger kids who were often yelling or singing loudly. We went on a Saturday morning, so I would recommend a less popular day.