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This is a great little hike, although you could make it longer and keep going down other connecting trails. Parking is very easy at the Craven House, I think the previous review didn’t realize this. The view from the top is fantastic, a must do if you’re in Chatanooga.

Great hike. The view is amazing

No parking and really crowded

trail running
11 days ago

Nice and easy

Definitely a good starter hike for anyone, including families. The walk was picturesque and the swinging bridge was particularly a healthy challenge for my kids. We loved hearing the stream, and finding so many kinds of leaves, fungi, rock formations, and bending trees to look at. Yet it was a bit odd to hear a nearby lawnmower as the houses in the area were very close and there were 2 sewer lids. One sign even said (paraphrasing) that there was unfiltered sewage emptying into the stream at one point. That made me feel very uncomfortable. The distance (1.6 miles) is also only for the loop. My oldest used his Fitbit and the entire hike is right at 2.4 miles.

Tried parking at Point Park, but the beginning of the trail there is not dog friendly due to steep steps made of metal grating. My dog couldn't handle them due to both the steepness and her paws falling through the grating, and there's no way around. So we went to the small Sunset Rock parking area and waited 30 minutes for a spot to open up.

Sunset Rock is a great place to see the sunset (obviously), but the Bluff Trail was poorly marked and had many sections of tricky footing with no real payoff because the great views are at the parking areas. Wouldn't do this hike again. Visit Sunset Rock - just a short walk from the road - but pick another trail in the area for a longer hike.

Overall a good, easy trail with a great viewpoint, waterfall, and swinging bridge. As others have mentioned, it’s only about 4 miles round trip from the parking lot to Edward’s Point.

Important! There is only a small parking area with no turnaround. NO trailers. We were visiting in the area with our kayak trailer and decided to hike here. After turning on to the little road, we hoped for a wider parking area further on. We had to disconnect, reconnect and park down the hill. This is not the reason for the rating, just to warn others from out of town. A sign would help..

Nice little run. Some steep sections. Clearly marked. Keep your head up for mountain bikers.

Easy access to wooded area & fun for dogs

What part of Stringers Ridge Trail can I enter near 1131 Stringers Ridge Rd “The Pinnacle”

hiking
1 month ago

We enjoyed this brief hike. It was the perfect icebreaker for our teenagers and us to start preparing for fall backpacking.

Easy hike for a fabulous view!

loved the view from sunset rock.

1 month ago

Perfect trail for a lunchtime power hike!!

I'd say this trail was moderate-hard, especially for a not-so-seasoned hiker. The trail was a little hard to find, but there were plenty of friendly people along the way to point me in the right direction - must get down to the dam, go left, across the little suspension bridge and then you start climbing up on the white marked trail. At one point the trail is literally climbing up rocks. Like everyone says, there's a couple of lookouts where you can see the Alexian across the way, but you have to keep going a decent ways before you get to Edwards. Overall really awesome hike of about 4.5 miles, and I wouldn't recommend wearing chacos; although it was nice to step in the water on the way back.

trail running
1 month ago

There are no mountain bikes allowed on this trail (there's another mountain bike trail at the park) so I don't know what the bikers are talking about, or they've reviewed the wrong trail. Same with the pier. It's not on this trail. I ran the route pictured. Ran the outer loop and inner loop 2. Horrible. Poorly maintained. MANY felled trees. I mean almost impossible to traverse in some areas. Lots of litter. Broken glass, beer cans, food bags. I think I may be the first human to have run this thing this year. Spiders galore. Covered in them. Knocked down about a hundred webs. Poorly marked signage and very narrow. Water is pretty though. 63rd fastest trail 10k I ever did, so don't come here if you're looking for speed.

Walk through the woods - well defined trail.

Great hike with the hubby!!

hiking
2 months ago

It’s a pretty great hike! Not a lot of signs once you get passed rainbow lake. The view at Edwards point is amazing! A lot of people had dogs. I would suggest that they need to clean it up a little. There was trash in some parts. Rainbow lake is cool but the water was dirty looking. Overall I would go back. Be ready for a lot of brush in the trail.

Trail start was confusing and blazes could be better marked. View was gorgeous. First rock outcropping is not the final stop. Keep going and you will see the beauty of the Tennessee River, wilderness and even saw a pair of eagles.

2 months ago

As heavily trafficked as this trail is I was surprised by the overgrowth. The signage is nonexistent. Made a wrong choice at a no sign split and entered into the path of the secret garden. The over hanging kudzu made for beautiful doorways to enter into the unknown, but climbing through them was a bit difficult. We finally got ourselves turned around and made it to the top. We didn’t mind the adventure but for a non local , signs would be helpful.

Fun hike with a great view at Signal Point! We loved seeing the bridges, creeks, and boulders throughout the route. There were many rocks and tree roots to traverse along the trail. Watch trail signs as some of the trails seem to cross at certain points. We definitely enjoyed this hike!

Busy Trail, easy accessible from the free parking (behind the washrooms) at Point Park Loop or if you are extremely lucky you can park right above Sunset Rock. The trails is not marked from Point Park but if you follow the signs to the Museum you will find steep metal stairs down to the Bluff Trail, turn left for a nice easy hike to Sunset Rock. Once there your choices are return the way you came or as we did walk up the road and check out the well to do residents who live atop this historic landmark.

The Bluff Trail for the most part is well maintained, I’m guessing that's because of the high amount of visitors that walk this route that it is just foot bare. On other hikes around Lookout mountains we have come across neglected and dangerous trail conditions.
Trail signage could be improved A LOT.
DANGER! ZERO TRAIL MAINTENANCE on Mountain Beautiful Trail!
At this time 08/17/18 we strongly suggest you avoid Mountain Beautiful Trail, this hazard filled trail presented us with grown over trails with waist high ground cover, (much of it "leaves of three") making each of our steps hazardous and onto unseen thus unknown ground. There were multiple downed trees and choking vines forcing bent over tight squeezes or clambers over sizable downed trees, staying ever aware of the potential for snakes below the downed trees.
We can confidently state that the Mountain Beautiful Trail was the WORST maintained National Parks trail we have EVER experienced.
By the time we finished our legs were red and itching, we were covered in spiders webs and brushing off spiders (freaking Maxine out) and we were just so pissed off at the trails condition that we seriously contemplated walking up the busy Scenic Highway to return to our car parked at Cravens House.
Luckily the Hardy (hike/bike)Trail paralleled the road, this unimpressive trail follows the Hydro Pylons, but we were truly thankful that it was wide and clear.
I have written a letter to the Park Superintendent, I trust he/she would want to take immediate action and clear the dangerous hazards on Mountain Beautiful Trail, but who knows???
Just be warned!

Must do!! One of my fav hikes in Chattanooga, beautiful sights and challenging routes. Also connects to waterfall and other trails for longer hike.

Good nice hike. Parts of trail are almost covered and some trees have fallen but still nice along the stream. Perfect for a early summer morning walk.

So far my favorite hiking trail! So many cool and beautiful landscapes to the falls. Worth the hike and the drive there. I’ll go again.

3 months ago

Easy trail. If you're facing the bathroom, turning left takes you across a bridge, through the woods (creek on your right) on a dirt path and leads you to a grassy hill, Turning right takes you on a shorter walk along the creek on an asphalt path. Either way, you'll have a relaxing stroll. This is also an excellent creek for a smooth paddle for kayak or canoe that will take you to the Tennessee River in about 3 miles.

Hiked this trail 7/28/18 Signal Park has short walk down to awesome overlook. The trail from there to swinging bridge at Rainbow Lake had some trees down, but pretty easy to go under, over, or around. Rocky trail also. The trail from swinging bridge only had one small tree down. Overlooks are nice. First big overlook is not Edwards point, its maybe 50 yards past that one. Beautiful views.

Great trail with fantastic views! Tons of places to get some outdoor climbs in too if that’s your thing. Saw a ton of people top roping, definitely bringing my gear back next time!
Otherwise was a great hike, we brought lunch and picnicked at the top.

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