Death Knell of the Confederacy In 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga, known as the "Gateway to the Deep South." The Confederates were victorious at nearby Chickamauga in September. However, renewed fighting in Chattanooga that November provided Union troops victory and control of the city. After the fighting, a Confederate soldier ominously wrote, "This...is the death-knell of the Confederacy." Park closed at sunset.
This is a trail less traveled therefore will never be perfectly groomed. However there are local folks who keep this trail very well maintained. If you do this loop allow yourself plenty of time and when heading back up pacer self and just put 1 foot in front of the other.
Loved it! Great hike for a late fall afternoon. Great mountain scenery. The Guild Trail turns into the Upper Truck, which is wide and easy. Then you go down hill and start the Skyuka, which is a little harder. I would recommend starting the hike at the west end of the Ruby Falls parking area instead of Ochs Hwy.