Explore the most popular birding trails in Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice hike and covered in Poison Ivy and a snake den under a rock by path! Beautiful hike!

on Glen Falls Trail

7 days ago

Fun and short for a 4 & 6 yr old.

10 days ago

This was a great trail for taking my 4 yr. old and 8 yr. old kids.

1 month ago

This is just a 2 minute walk from your car for one of the best views in Chattanooga!

I absolutely loved this hike. It was a kick tail cardio workout on the uphill part. The rock formations are insane. We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful area.

1 month ago

Poison Ivy was overwhelming. The trail is overgrown in several spots. Trail surface is excellent. Waterfalls with bridge and a rock staircase with hidden stone door. Really cool. A great little swimming hole too.

One of my favorites in Chattanooga.

Nice hike, but TONS of poison ivy. Needs to be removed.

Been today. Great trail. Has some jogging parts but also some steep parts as well. Very interesting

1 month ago

This is a very scenic hike! Multiple water falls and rock formations. not sure where they are getting the 2 miles from. this hike is 1 mile out and back from the road. Easy for all levels.

Great hike. Lots to see.

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 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 Trail paralleled the road, this unimpressive trail follows the Hydro Pylons, but we were some 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, but who knows???
Just be warned!

Nice easy hike!

There is a great pool at the falls near the bridge.

2 months ago

This was a perfect place for a midday hike with my husband and three girls. Not too challenging but you do get a workout. Can swim and play in the creeks. Very scenic and we took some great photos. It was a real highlight of our trip to TN. It was muddy. Also had trouble following trail signs but we did fine.

Love this little trail! We only had a little time before heading to Nashville and this was the perfect hike. Very interesting with small waterfalls and pools of water (a lot of rain lately).

2 months ago

Perfect trail for kids! Only was 1mi to the falls AND BACK though. Two small swimming hole areas. TONS of poison ivy on sides of the trail.

Nice wide trail. Waterfall trickles into several small pools for the kids to play in

Well marked, easy trail! We went last weekend. There was rain in the forecast, so there was hardly anyone else on the trail. It eventually rained on us, but we took shelter in the little museum near the top. Views were amazing once the clouds faded.

3 months ago

A short hike from the parking lot not a lot of parking. But it is a great view of the river.

Nice hike. I did the full loop a few evenings ago. The buff trails part was my favorite with a few rock sections. (Nothing difficult but makes it more interesting). Sunset rock was very nice. It was about 92 so I sweated a lot but not bad since it is in the shade. I didn’t like the rifle pits section on the way back- way too much poison ivy and overgrowth. If your sensitive or with kids (my younger kids wouldn’t have the patience to avoid the ivy), I would recommend an out and back instead of the loop. Took me 2 hours that is including 30 minutes at sunset rock and an extra 20 minutes going slow to maneuver around the poison ivy. I liked parking at Cravens House. History on the battlefield and a nice large rock to climb on.

This hike will always be one of my favorites. It’s not strenuous and it’s easy to make it a short or longer hike. The rocks are perfect for relaxing in the shade or having a little picnic.

A great short hike for everyone. Parking is limited and you can pass the parking lot pretty easily.

3 months ago

A hidden gem! Right off the highway but somehow still secluded and beautiful. You’ll definitely want to take a dip in the summer!

3 months ago

Beautiful, worth the hike.

3 months ago

great trail if you're on a time limit or want something easier for people that aren't as physically able. There are even a few spots to get your feet wet on a hot day.

Love it! Limited parking but not usually an issue. Easy hike with great boulders and rock walls towards the end. There is a small swimming hole perfect for toddlers and young children at the base of the main “falls” (not sure if I would call it a waterfall). Also you can climb down to see two more “falls”. Climb up beside it and go through a stone door up to the top of the creek and that is a great place to walk up the creek and play. If you keep going you get to a bridge where the road goes over the creek and there is a cool tunnel that you can walk through. I have never been past that. I always take the trail back... in and out. Not sure what the one guy was saying about ending on the road!? There is a whole trail system that this trail connects to. Possible there might be a point where it meets the road. But, why wouldn’t you just take the the trail back instead of the road... anyways. Great trail.

Nice and easy hike!

Fun little hike with kids.

Great trail! Gorgeous day and although it got pretty warm, you didn’t notice in the shade of the trails. Sunset Rock was amazing! I could have sat there forever!

If you have weak legs, bad knees, hips or ankles, you might want to the whole loop. Perhaps to Sunset Rock and directly back. This has some strenuous spots on the loop especially Gum Springs and Rifle Pits. Gum Trail and Rife Pits had quite a bit of overgrowth making it narrow although the path was clear.

Suggestions: good comfortable hiking shoes, water and a walking stick or walking poles.

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