Skyuka Trail is a 9 mile loop trail located near Chattanooga, TN and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
I went in Nov '16 and all the trails had been cleared of trees etc. I only did the first leg of this trail and then went up to sunset rock. The trails do have signs but sometimes your destination disappears but is on another sign within 10 meters of where the trail splits. Great views but a lot of rocks when you get up high so take appropriate footwear.
Very overgrown for the first mile. At least 5 large trees down you have to crawl over or under as well as poison ivy and thorny vines across the trail. While there are trial signs, a few are broken and it can be hard to tell which way to go; bear left at the first large brown sign to stay on skyuka.
It is an absolutely beautiful trail, just a little tricky to navigate. There is also only parking for one vehicle at the trailhead, but you can park at the bottom of the hill and catch a ride up with a friend if you need more parking.
Trail is not maintained well, LOTS of vines and bushes everywhere. I was there about 2 and a half weeks ago now and it was very overgrown with many large trees crossing the path that you must crawl under.
I did this as part of the Big Daddy Trail that involves 7 other trails. (Big Daddy is a nightmare. Don't do it) We started at Craven's house and went on past the rifle pits. After this, a lot of poorly marked signs threw us off. You run into the guild trail and the truck trail which somehow we got turned around on and we were competent enough to stop and ask someone walking their dogs which way Skyuka was. They pointed us in the opoosite direction. Luckily we had only made it about .4 miles in the wrong directions. We managed to follow the signs onto Lower Gum Springs and into Skyuka. We were hoping for a little solitutde for lunch at the springs but some mom had left her three kids and their bikes and gone on elsewhere and they were throwing rocks in the water (I'm talking as big as they could manage to pick up) and throwing dirt at each other. We got out of there and jumped on the treacherous John Smartt trail. We hit a couple more and got on out of there. Skyuka would have been peaceful and beautiful if not for the kids.
We hiked this trail as part of a loop from point psrk and back. Started out from Point Park via the Bluff Trail (which is beautiful) down past Sunset Rock and Covenant College down to the John smart trail then finally down to Skyuka Springs. b
Beautiful hardwood forest in full fall colors and sandstone cliffs are spectacular. Then we took the trail up to Gum Spring Trail. Gum Spring is 1 mile of of strsight up back to Bluff Trail. I do not recommend this trail unless you are looking for a serious cardio workout. You can get back to Point Park via Cravens House Trail (probably what we should have done). This was a strenuous loop as we covered 2283ft in elevation. This route went from the top of Lookout Mountain to the bottom and back to the top again (13.5 miles). Still was an awesome hike, if your looking for challenge then this is a great loop to try.