Explore the most popular forest trails in Prentice Cooper State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

Nearly drove to Snoopers Rock on the ATV trail next to the parking area - in an Audi SUV - no 4WD needed. The Cumberland Trail is next to the rock and you can go for miles and miles along the ridge line. Great hike, even if it’s a bit toasty in mid-July.

Unfortunately the trail has not been maintained at all. There are numerous washouts, several widow maker trees that block the trail and frankly make parts of the trail unsafe, and the worst part of the trail is closer to the dam. A large tree blocks the trail, so you have to climb down the edge of the gorge to pass, but its basically a muddy, and almost impassible, cliff edge. I would not recommend this trail until some serious trail maintenance has been performed. It's sad to see just how dilapidated it has become, since this was the trail that made us fall in love with hiking and Chattanooga. Until some serious trail maintenance is performed, this trail should be rated as difficult. Full trail review + pics coming soon to our hiking blog: www.Wander-Full-Life.com

A little confusing to get to the trail head. But once you are there, the hike is well marked, and a great intermediate hike! The view from the rock is worth the 5 miles on a warm and clear day!

The day I walked this trail it was difficult. Obvious signs of erosion and storm damage, plus human interference, made it a little rough. Once past the mousetrap(stairs) you're basically on your own. The views are worth the effort, especially Julia Falls Overlook, but be prepared. Not a good trail for elderly, young and rambunctious children, or inexperienced hikers. It's not a "picnic trail". Might have been in the past, but not now.

Moderate hike average hikers and children can complete. Be careful to stay on the correct path, there are several forks to other trails. There is a dam and small swimming hole at the bottom with campsites.

Lovely trail past Mushroom Rock and down what I think was the side of Signal Mtn to an awesome swinging bridge .....beautiful! The only problem was that the trail is poorly marked at what looks like the half way point on the loop. We followed what we thought was the trail only the gps tracker said we weren’t on the trail and we promptly were lost looking for a no longer existing or re-routed trail back up Signal. This part of the trail is more hard than moderate at least cardiovascular wise.

Lovely hike.

reviewing as someone who hiked this for the first time...the trail was poorly marked. the trees were well marked with the color of the trail you are following, but the trails lacked maps that show where you are and where each trail will lead you to. however, because of this our 6 mile hike luckily turned into a 9 mile one;) the all trails app helped us get back on track to Edwards point. the views were worth it!!

Awesome quick trail! Very neat staircase in between 2 huge boulders and very peaceful hike. Full review and more pics coming soon to www.Wander-Full-Life.com

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail as you go by the Indian Rockhouse and a lookout or two before you get to Snoopers rock...If you looking for a easy to moderate trail with a spectacular view at the end this one is a must.

These trails are well marked yet flow naturally, with many scenic views.

It is a hiking trail folks, it’s not a walk in the park.

Great hike for my dog and I. About 4.5 miles round trip out to Edwards point. It says moderate, but there are a few short strenuous portions. Not for a beginner hiker.

Beautiful falls.. April 27, 2018, Elaine , Maria, Leslie, Mother and I did this hike. It was gorgeous and we loved it

we loved it! we were also the only ones there!

hiking
3 months ago

Great afternoon hike and what a view at Snooper’s Rock at the end! Brought my dog along and we had such a great time. Would recommend highly

Not easy for over 65. Steps going down are in bad shape making difficult to get down to and back up from the trail. The first section should be upgraded to moderate.

Was a great hike lots of pretty views. I would rate the hike more on the strenuous side rather than moderate. The loop could use some more paint on the trees but pretty easy to navigate. We found one beautiful waterfall. Well worth the visit!

hiking
4 months ago

easy hike to an awesome overlook.

enjoyed this late winter hike but let the tick season begin. found two even after liberal application of Deet.

Great trail with awesome scenes and many waterfalls.

NOT A MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAIL. I carried my bike on my back for 6 miles because I kept thinking that “I’m sure it will become a bike trail ahead” NOPE

The trail is easy, the stairs down to it can be tough when you’re coming out. A few are missing and make for a bit of a challenge.

easy little hike in with an impressive rockhouse.

Great views and visibility in January.

Found this trail today it was a great hike with fantastic scenery and fun to hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Spent a short winter's day on most of this loop - very enjoyable and the majority of the trail was well-marked with white blazes, especially the Snoopers Rock portion. Had some trouble finding where the trail continued after reaching the ATV road on the western part of the mountain - had to walk up the road itself maybe 150 feet to find a small wooden sign marked "Trail." All in all it was a great experience despite the fog and I'll definitely be back!

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