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    Mike Ward added easy

    8 months ago

    Mike Ward completed Confederate Line Trail

    8 months ago

    Mike Ward reviewed West Rim Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Moderate to strenuous. Moderate if you loop left, you ascend up a dirt cart path. Loop right and its on. Pick your level at the split by the bridge. Bring a lot of water if you turn right. It is a rocky ascent. Take time to visit all the observation points.

    Mike Ward completed West Rim Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Mike Ward reviewed Cravens House Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Hard going up to the right. At the top turn right and go up the metal stairs to the park. Going back go right at the stairs and then bear LEFT at the fork. 4.68 mile loop. Careful on the way down--easy but precariously skinny goat trail on a bluff requires you pay attention to your foot work. Safety first.

    Mike Ward completed Cravens House Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Mike Ward reviewed Savage Day Loop

    over 1 year ago

    The absolutely best maintained trail within 100 miles of Chattanooga. The trail is always clear with wide well marked signs everywhere. Its like I was atop Lookout Mtn there are almost as many directional signs as there are Rock City / Ruby Falls signs on Lookout. If you been there you copy
    And there's a waterfall and a gulch bluff on the Day Loop. Legend has it that if you follow the creek to where it disapears into the ground and follow the dry creek bed till the water pops out of the earth you come upon a bluehole with a subteranian cave with a cavern.

    Mike Ward completed Savage Day Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Mike Ward reviewed Laurel-Snow Trail to Laurel Falls

    over 1 year ago

    nice hike well marked

    Mike Ward completed Kiddie Trail to Sunset Rock

    over 1 year ago

    Mike Ward reviewed Swinging Bridge Park Walking Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Very easy relaxing paved-trail.

    Mike Ward reviewed Raccoon Mountain Reservoir Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    Easy to follow but NO trail markers. Next time I go back will take care of that. Had trouble finding trail heads. They are behind the Laural Point public rest rooms off to the right and unmarked.

    Mike Ward completed Raccoon Mountain Reservoir Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward reviewed Stringers Ridge Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Had fun hiking the long loop in the rain.

    Mike Ward completed Stringers Ridge via Blue Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward completed White Oak Mountain Trails

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward reviewed Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    The Little Cedar Mountain Trail is a TVA trail located within TVA’s Little Cedar Mountain Small Wild Area. It is a total of 4 miles, including a loop trail and a short 1 mile trail to a tranquil wetland pond located on the ridge summit. Along the way you can view a plant unique only to this area of the world, scramble across limestone outcroppings, and have several opportunities for scenic overlooks of the Nickajack Dam embayment and Tennessee River Gorge.

    Begin the hike by crossing a wooden footbridge from the trailhead parking lot as it leads into the hardwood-pine forest. A little over a quarter of a mile into the trail, the loop trail splits. Veer to the left to go uphill and through an impressive assemblage of John Beck’s Leafcup (Polymnia johnbeckii ). This species of Leafcup was recently described as new to science in the past few years and is found in only two places in the world; one of these locations is along the Little Cedar Mountain Trail. With a soft, fernlike appearance, the Leafcup can be found flourishing along the trail and across karst topography. The trail continues approximately a quarter of a mile across the ridge and to the shoreline. Continue along the contour as the trail leads upslope for a little less than a mile to the pond trail or continue on another quarter of a mile to a scenic overlook. The pond trail is an interesting diversion as it leads to a small forested wetland pond at the top of Little Cedar Mountain. Vernal pools are seasonal, shallow depressions of water and provide important habitat for plants and animals, especially amphibians. This one is unique in that it is found along the top of the ridge and water remains throughout the year. It is a great opportunity for photos and exploration. Continue ahead to take the pond trail back to the remaining portion of the loop trail or retrace back to the loop trail towards a scenic overlook. From the spectacular panoramic view atop Gray’s bluff you can see across the lake towards Sand Mountain.

    The landscape within the remaining portion of the loop trail provides a different perspective, as it leads from the steep, eastern embayment side of the parcel to a more moist environment on the western side. There are many impressive geologic features on this portion of the trail. Stacks of boulders that border the trail, large rock footbridges, and mossy outcroppings of limestone and occasional chert. Look for owls and other birds in the large shagbark hickories.

    What Makes It Great

    The variety of habitats encountered along this trail means that there is a little something for everyone (steep climbs, geologic features, scenic vistas, wildlife viewing, vegetated canopy, wetlands, and bluffs). Plus this trail is literally right off of the interstate. It is the perfect side trip to tag on if you are on the way to or going out of Chattanooga.

    Who is Going to Love It

    Naturalists and historians will love this trail as it winds through historic lands that were important to Native Americans and Chief Dragging Canoe. The location overlooks the former Nickajack Town, one of the five lower towns previously occupied by Native Americans.

    Directions, Parking, & Regulations

    Take I-24 West from Chattanooga and turn left off of exit 158 to continue on TN 27W/TVA Road. The trailhead parking lot is approximately 0.3 miles on the left.

    Tennessee Valley Authority manages the Little Cedar Mountain Trail and this Natural Area for resource and scenic protection and hiking. Trailhead and parking lot signs are visible on the main road and there is a large parking lot. Foot traffic only.

    Mike Ward completed Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike Ward updated Little Cedar Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago