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Death Knell of the Confederacy In 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga, known as the "Gateway to the Deep South." The Confederates were victorious at nearby Chickamauga in September. However, renewed fighting in Chattanooga that November provided Union troops victory and control of the city. After the fighting, a Confederate soldier ominously wrote, "This...is the death-knell of the Confederacy." Park closed at sunset.

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4 days ago

It was a nice, natureful hike. The falls were more of a dribble in August when we were there. We decided to get more adventurous and do a little rock scrambling where the falls would normally be and climb back behind them. Its just an ugly drain, in case you felt the need to be curious too! ;)

Had a blast! Nice falls.

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27 days ago

Loved this trail. It wasn’t too difficult and had a lot of cute little off trails and places to climb up on rocks.

The falls and the boulders were awesome

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1 month ago

AWESOME TRAIL! Lots of variety. Beware of long stretches of ice in the winter

Loved it! Links up to several other rad trails as well

Would definitely recommend this trail. Bluff trail offers a lot of variety. Do beware of stretches of ice on this trail during the winter!

I made this a Loop by going back by the bluff trail (where it forks off the cravens house) up to point park, and then down the incline trail (which isn’t maintained, but is perfectly functional).

The trail is dog friendly with great views!

Prefect hike with a family! Fun rocks and places to play plus water to splash in. Not too long of a walk so the little ones can handle it!

Enjoyable hike close to downtown. It is true that there are a couple spots where the trails are not clearly marked, but if you follow the directions in the trail description above navigating the loop is easy. Plus several of the intersections are marked well with signs.

It is definitely worth splitting off the loop to see the beautiful view from Sunset Rock.

I would definitely recommend this hike.

Great views on this moderately trafficked trail from Point Park to Sunset rock. Wet and a bit slippery after rain or snow when at the stone stairs near sunset rock, but otherwise an easy walking trail. Metal steps near Point Park need a touch of care. Lots of history markers to read if you have interest. Quaint picturesque
waterfalls after rains

2 months ago

One of my favorite places

The hike can be tough but it's rewarding once you make it to the top. Go have some fun!

hiking
2 months ago

neat little trail to visit. very easy anybody could do this one.

Awesome historical hike with lots of rock climbers, memorials, and cannons! Some trails are overgrown but that makes them more fun. Dog friendly and lots of friendly people.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hiking experience with this trail. Has amazing views and is definitely worth the hike. The trails are marked good and it is easy to stay on the trail. We went to Edward point then decided to continue to mushroom rock. The trail to mushroom rock is also good, as it follows the edge of the mountain around and past the river. The hike to Edward point wasn't bad at all but from Edward point to mushroom is a long hike. It took us around 2 hours to make it from Edward to Mushroom rock. Although there are shorter trails to mushroom rock I wanted a challenge and it definitely delivered. We went from rainbow lake parking lot to mushroom rock and back and it was the most challenging hike to date for us due to the sheer miles we had to hike. This time of year it gets dark early so you have to get an early start to get back before dark if taking these trails to mushroom rock. We did a total of 17.5 miles hiking these trails and it was defiantly worth it. We were gone from 8am to 4:30pm taking videos and pictures and enjoying the day. Highly recommended the Edward point trail but only recommended mushroom rock from Edward point to people with a little experience, and bring food and water.

Simple but fun. A go to when you just need to wander for a moment

This is an easy to find hike located just outside of Chattanooga that is great for photo-taking. I would even venture to say that it is probably the best hike in the immediate Chattanooga vicinity.

I started in the Rainbow Lake parking lot which is where the majority of people go. The drive in is very neat and worth seeing on it's own. For an added treat once you do this hike, head over to the Signal Point lookout area just down the road to get a view of the other angle.

The trail starts out extremely easy with a quick little hike to a small dam and suspension bridge. This is a great photo-spot, especially in the fall with the rapids and bridge hanging above them. Now this is where the trail splits in two. If you want to climb Edwards point you will cross the bridge, if you want to climb Signal Point you will stay on the bank you came from and continue down the trail.

Once you cross the bridge the trail begins to amp up a little. I went in the fall and in the beginning of this hike while you are gaining elevation it can be hard to see the trail due to the amount of fallen leaves. There has also been some minor trail damage, including a few downed trees. Otherwise, the trail is fairly well marked with tags and common sense will show you the way. You will see large boulders and natural caves in the beginning which are very neat. Once you reach the top of the large hill in the beginning that elevation gain tapers off and you have a nice calm walk through the woods till you reach the point.

Before you reach Edward's Point there is an overlook just about 300 feet prior that many people mistake for the actual view. The top view is much nicer for viewing, although both spots are still great.

Overall this is a decently long trail that offers a small challenge for a great view.

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2 months ago

Great, quick family hike. My 3 year old had a blast. There's a nice stone stair case that leads up above the main falls that has a lot of nice pools and ledges to play on. Will definitely be going back often.

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