Cravens House Loop Trail

HARD 24 reviews

Cravens House Loop Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chattanooga, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
974 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

To start this loop, park at the Craven's House (entrance road above Ruby Falls). Start by going right and back right onto "Rifle Pits Trail" .62 at first split. Turn left onto "Upper Truck Trail" .73 where you can explore the remnants of the old CCC Camp Demaray that housed 200 men complete with Barber Shop and Tennis Courts in the 30's. Next intersection stay left onto "Gum Spring Trail" .63 the roughest part of the trail, this will lead you to Sunset Rock .02 if you desire or stay left onto "Bluff Trail" for .066 mile for a left onto "Craven's House Trail" .52 and back to your vehicle. While at the Craven's House there are several old structures to explore like the Hardy house to the left, a turn of the century Tudor.

1 month ago

Trail had one good view and was very challenging physically as it is straight up and straight down for the most part. The trail is very poorly marked. I would recommend bringing your phone with this app if you don't want to back track a lot. Altogether an okay day. If you take the time, there are lots of historical places to venture off to.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike however without the GPS to guide would have gotten turned around. Trails are not marked well at all, we actually went 1 mile past our trail and had to back track. With that being said it was a beautiful hike and we did enjoy it.

hiking
2 months ago

I would not say this was hard, but maybe more moderate. I don't hike much, but am in decent shape, but it just wasn't a hard trail for my buddy and me. Loved the scenery and boulders all throughout. Some good pics from Sunset Rock, which is right off the CH trail.

This trail was NOT marked well at all. If it weren't for my phone and following GPS of someone's previously posted hike of the loop, we'd still be in the woods. Terrible job marking this trail in my opinion.

2 months ago

Great hike! Views are beautiful! The hike up was challenging but a great workout! Very rocky. Don't suggest tennis shoes for this trail!

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3 months 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.

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8 months ago

did this with some young boy scouts, nice trails, cool civil war history, trail signs need some repairs.

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9 months ago

I did this trail about 10 years ago. I still remember the views and the somber history surrounding the Civil War that occurred here. The whole park is worth the visit.

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10 months ago

Great, challenging trail with some interesting wildlife and scenic views. Saw several rock climbing teams along the way. Was able to accomplish the entire loop in under two hours.