Mullens Cove Loop Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Mullens Cove Loop Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chattanooga, TN that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.6 miles 1587 feet Loop

dog friendly



nature trips




wild flowers

A great training run or day hike in Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area. This incredibly diverse trail lies within the 24,686 acre Prentice Cooper Wilderness Management Area. This entire loop is part of the Cumberland Trail. A significant length of this trail hangs airily along the edge of a 1000 feet of vertical drop down to the Tennessee River. Many spots along the trail offer peaks into the depth of the river gorge which has carved it's way through 26 miles of the Cumberland Plateau. The most spectacular view into the gorge comes just before the trail turns westward into the Mullen's Creek drainage at Snooper's Rock. The trail is generally gradual in it's relief but not without a few steep switchbacks to sizzle your calves and quads. Creeks gurgle and bubble along before plunging steeply over the breach into the rocks below on their way to the Tennessee River. Lichen and moss encrusted outcrops of rock emerge from the soil creating a stunning collage of texture and color that changes as the canopy morphs with the seasonal shifts. The mesophytic forest of the Cumberland Plateau is home to a great diversity of trees. Some of the more dominant tree species include: American Beech, Yellow poplar, Hickory, Eastern Hemlock, Loblolly Pine, and many varieties of Oak. Enjoy the views as you buzz down the trail!

15 days ago

Great 10 mile loop with rock formations. Indian rockhouse is titanic of rock formations. Snoopers and Mullens cove both have panoramic views. Make sure you look at the trees for white blazes or you'll find yourself on a side trail.
Thank you Chattanooga, TN.

18 days ago

Great wilderness view on the back side and awesome scenic view on the front side!

1 month ago

Trail is not well marked. Side trails have same white blaze as Mullins. Not helpful. Views r beautiful. No snakes.

2 months ago

There are rattlesnakes EVERYWHERE on this trail so be on the lookout!! Especially with dogs! I had a close encounter with my dog when I went on 08/11/2016. Spotted it before Snoopers Rock. Turned around and hiked back out to find another snake in the trail as well. Probably a great hike, but won't be returning due to the safety of me and my dog.
Side note, Indian Rockhouse was pretty cool!

2 months ago

pretty hard hike. comes to a point that is NOT well marked and is a pain to find the way. my suggestion would be to park in the parking area and walk across the street. go to snoopers rock and back. the rest is not worth it.

3 months ago

This was a beautiful hike! Trails were groomed and well marked. We did end up doing the whole loop, but for future hikers or even advise to ourselves, is to park at the trail head and walk to the Indian house, then to snoopers point and turn around and head back. If your ambitious, keep going across the road to Mullens point and then turn back and hit either the road or follow the trail back, the ladder half of the trail is not worth it to be honest. The front half of the trail was though, the views were incredible! Would recommend that to anybody.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Tough trail but some fantastic views, especially at snoopers rock. Got off the trail twice once in a very rocky part near a stream bed, another time missed an unmarked/poorly marked switchback. Views would be even better when the leaves are down.

5 months ago

It's was an awesome trip. We went the wrong way but it e ended up being a blessing in disguise. We stayed the night at Indian Rock House after hiking the loop. It had some great lookouts and the rock house was super dope to make camp at.

trail running
1 year ago

This was a great trail! I ran it about 4 weeks ago. Only cons were tons of spiderwebs and there were several areas I had to bushwhack through, which is probably what you get for running it in June. Started across the street from Parking and followed the trailhead to Indian Rockhouse first. It was moderately flat with some mild gains and falls, so in all it was a pretty mellow trail. Super fun and many beautiful views on the first half (snoopers, mullins cove, and a few others). Only part that gave me trouble was the transition across Haley Rd at 6.7 mi. The trailhead on the other side was really hard to see and I ran up and down the road indecisively for awhile until I finally found it. So stick to your guns and keep a close eye, you should do fine. Aside from that pretty straightforward. I can't wait to do this one again!

5 years ago

I hiked to Mullen's Cove Overlook, it was nice, but not anywhere close to Snooper's Rock. I came back to Hemlock Branch Campsite and went on to Ransom Hollow Overlook.

My advice, skip Mullen's Cove. Take trailmarked to Hemlock Branch campsite, You'll see sign to various trails - You can go to Mullen's (North) or Ransom Hollow (South).

Take Ransom. You have to cross 2 trees on trail - one I had to hike around (up/down slope) - trail not easily marked in area, but I managed (if I can, you will figure it out). Another tree down was too big /slippery for me to crawl over on way out (easier to hop over on way back) Both weren't a big deal.

You encounter a huge rock outcropping where you walk thru crevice. Cool. Took lots of pics. Rest of hike was relatively easy, some minor ups/downs. Couple small creeks - again, easy rocks to manage. You'll see previews of view before you get to the overlook. Keep going. Beautiful view. Nice to sit for a spell, take pics & have lunch. Enough space for 4-ish people to sit on rock & enjoy view. It got really windy up there. My trail app said it was 2.13 miles from Overlook to Tower Drive (so 4.26 RT). I stopped to take lots of pics, looking at my data, guessing it took about an hour in and similar out.

If you go to, you can get maps to print out. It doesn't give distances, but it gives a good overview. This is the TN Rivergorge map.

I video tidbits from my hikes & I'll (eventually) upload them to Youtube - tagged with Alltrails

trail running
5 years ago

Really great views throughout the entire loop. And snooper rock overlook has an amazing view of the TN river. Moderately difficult with lots of creek crossings, rock stair cases, and well shaded single track. Deffinetly running this loop again soon.

5 years ago

Moderately difficult. Great view of the TN river. I ran in the Rock Creek River Gorge trail race on this loop. No question, I'd totally do it again! Great views, stream crossings, rock garden; the whole trail package.