Edwards Point via Signal Point Trail

MODERATE 72 reviews

Edwards Point via Signal Point Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Signal Mountain, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1200 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

waterfall

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

The views and bridges on this hike are fun. It is a nice hike, but I found myself in drainage ditches a couple of times. It is not well marked, and has a lot of ball sized rocks to navigate along the way. This will probably not be a go-to hike when I am in Chattanooga, but worth doing once.

First good hike since recovering from a sprain. The views were well worth it. It was beautiful. Parts aren’t marked so well halfway in, but we managed.

hiking
2 months ago

The view a couple miles in is awesome but after that it’s a pretty boring hike and the trail is not marked very well.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike at daybreak. Clouds were in the valley this morning and it was magic

hiking
4 months ago

Best trail in Chattanooga, in my opinion.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike ! Beautiful rock gardens and creek along the way ! Awesome views!!!

hiking
5 months ago

good hike with nice views, large flat rock to enjoy lunch on at the point!

6 months ago

Beautiful hike that you can reach from multiple starting points! Rainbow lake entrance or signal point. Signal point is much steeper... rainbow lake side is an easier options for kids etc.

hiking
6 months ago

This was my first hiking trail outing in Chattanooga. This was a great starting trail, because of its moderate difficulty. It was just long enough (6ish miles) and never got too strenuous. There are definitely some places where hand and foot are required, but nothing too crazy. Rainbow lake is about halfway through, which was a refreshing break, and provided a perfect place for a picnic. We will definitely return to do Mushroom rock, which is continued after Edwards Point ends.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, but parking can be rough. The hike was pretty moderate with a few tough hills, but nothing too hard. The trail ended up taking a little over 4 miles to the point round trip. Incredible view from the top though!

hiking
6 months ago

Have hiked this trail many times now and always enjoy it.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Very well kept and marked clearly. The woods are beautiful and the point is breathtaking. Last time I went you could see eagles flying above. Great trail for dogs and experienced kids as well.

hiking
7 months ago

Varied conditions with a few challenges. The suspension bridge at Rainbow Lake is a treat. The view down the Tennessee River gorge from Palmer Point affords excellent views including Signal and Lookout Mountains.

hiking
8 months ago

My all-time favorite trail

10 months ago

nice day for a couple to hike

10 months ago

got some great pics

11 months ago

When I lived in the area this trail was one of my most favorite treks... wire bridges and the "mouse trap" stairs. That view from the point tho- wow!

hiking
11 months ago

gorgeous views! followed it to signal mountain as well. saw a couple of waterfalls.

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