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As some others have said finding this trail is the hardest part. If you are heading up Suck Creek road the trail is going to start on your right. Heading up Suck Creek road near the top, before you reach the Walden Ridge community sign, you'll just barely spot a set of stairs leading to a trailhead on the left side of the road. There are typically a few cars parked in the location so that's your best marker. The trail to mushroom rock has nothing to do with the stairs, just a good place marker to find where you need to be. The only thing marking the location you want is a hard to spot "trail crossing" sign on the Creek side just before the stairs when driving up. Hop over the guard rail and you'll see the start to your journey.
The trail itself comes quickly down to a bridge from the road then up an incline followed by a nice leisurely flat stretch. After a mile or so you'll start heading down the back side of the ridge you just climbed, down to a long suspension bridge over North Suck Creek. On the other side of the bridge you can either chose the more strenuous red blaze course directly In front of you, or follow the white blazes to the right that pass through the little camping area. Either way you chose this is the hardest part of the trail. It has a decent elevation gain. A short hike later (30 minutes?) you'll be greeted by Mushroom Rock.
If you do a google search for mushroom rock Chattanooga you'll likely see lots of 1900's era pictures of tourist and locals alike perched all about and on the rock formation. Most the time fully suited in their Sunday best. Anyhow... it's a nice little piece of Chattanooga culture.
Enjoy YOUR hike!
we found this to be a bit harder than we thought but we're flatland erst from Orlando. Loved the overlook about .4 miles from the larger suspension bridge. Trail was pretty well marked. Even though the last .25 mile had some stairs, it was strenuous. Quite rocky but magnificent Vistas
Nice hike with multiple overlooks, a natural bridge, and a small gorge section. Moderately strenuous, but be prepared to bushwack around fallen trees and search for elusive blazes. The trail might be more visible in summer, but the winter views are hard to beat! This is in a Wildlife Management Area, and many weekends during hunting season the trails are closed for managed game hunts. Check the forest website before you go. Also the access road is unpaved, so depending on conditions you may want to park at the first Cumberland Trail parking lot instead of going all the way to the Snooper's Rock lot.