Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology and beautiful vistas. The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton's Gulch Creek, and elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet. The most spectacular view into the canyon is found near the picnic area parking lot; however, additional views can be found along the rim trail. Hardy visitors who hike to the bottom of the gorge (including a 600-step staircase) find two waterfalls cascading over layers of sandstone and shale into pools below. (For visitor safety, wading in pools and climbing on waterfalls is not allowed.) Cottages are located near the canyon edge, while the parks walk-in campsites provide exceptional privacy for tents. Be sure to stop by the office gift shop for hiking sticks, camping supplies, snacks, toys, disc golf supplies, books at more. Outdoor lovers should not miss this parks spectacular scenery.
The trail is in good shape, well marked with great lookouts over the canyon. We went on a cold day during the week and there were few other hikers. Closer to the trailhead you run into more environmental damage from overuse and misuse. Overall, a nice fairly easy trail but I would suggest hiking it during the week to avoid the crowds.
Hiked this trail in January and the weather was perfect, took our time at the scenic overlook spots and finished in a little over 3 hours. Great views are mainly on the eastern side of the trail. It wasn't packed but there was a decent number of people on the trail at the same time; so you know if a trail is somewhat crowded in January it'll definitely be packed for spring/summer weekends so be aware of that.
Beautiful panoramic views on the bluff. Bright orange markers throughout the trail to keep you on track. I went in January so they were easy to see. There is a creek crossing and the rocks are slippery. It's a long hike so take water and snacks. Some steep areas as well. We did not see another person on the trail after the creek crossing. I saw a group of wild turkeys and a deer. There are a few campsites way out there called the primitive campsite near an amazing bluff view. I enjoyed it. Would do it again.