Mullens Cove Loop Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews

Mullens Cove Loop Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chattanooga, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2089 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

A great training run or day hike in Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area. This incredibly diverse trail lies within the 24,686 acre Prentice Cooper Wilderness Management Area. This entire loop is part of the Cumberland Trail. A significant length of this trail hangs airily along the edge of a 1000 feet of vertical drop down to the Tennessee River. Many spots along the trail offer peaks into the depth of the river gorge which has carved it's way through 26 miles of the Cumberland Plateau. The most spectacular view into the gorge comes just before the trail turns westward into the Mullen's Creek drainage at Snooper's Rock. The trail is generally gradual in it's relief but not without a few steep switchbacks to sizzle your calves and quads. Creeks gurgle and bubble along before plunging steeply over the breach into the rocks below on their way to the Tennessee River. Lichen and moss encrusted outcrops of rock emerge from the soil creating a stunning collage of texture and color that changes as the canopy morphs with the seasonal shifts. The mesophytic forest of the Cumberland Plateau is home to a great diversity of trees. Some of the more dominant tree species include: American Beech, Yellow poplar, Hickory, Eastern Hemlock, Loblolly Pine, and many varieties of Oak. Enjoy the views as you buzz down the trail!

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2 months ago

tough. bring water. beautiful views.

2 months ago

The trail was well and apparently recently remarked with great views and wonderful intimate woodland settings. The trail is easy to moderate between the trailhead and Snoopers rock with some signs of misuse and graffiti. Between Snoopers rock and Mullins cove overlook it remains easy to moderate difficulty with evidence of only light traffic. There is one area which is confusing at a wash but look for the sign marked "trail". Between Mullins cove overlook and the parking lot the trail is moderate to hard with a 1.5 mile stretch of rock hopping. There is little traffic although there is an unfortunate cut road crossing that is both very confusing and very damaged by truck/ATV use. Again look for signs marked "trail".

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3 months ago

Good trail, great views, not marked well, but far from primitive. A bit of storm damage with trees covering the trail and the creek crossings are a bit swift right now. We had wet feet for 1/3 of the trip. Enjoy!!

hiking
7 months ago

Great 10 mile loop with rock formations. Indian rockhouse is titanic of rock formations. Snoopers and Mullens cove both have panoramic views. Make sure you look at the trees for white blazes or you'll find yourself on a side trail.
Thank you Chattanooga, TN.

7 months ago

Great wilderness view on the back side and awesome scenic view on the front side!

8 months ago

Trail is not well marked. Side trails have same white blaze as Mullins. Not helpful. Views r beautiful. No snakes.

9 months ago

There are rattlesnakes EVERYWHERE on this trail so be on the lookout!! Especially with dogs! I had a close encounter with my dog when I went on 08/11/2016. Spotted it before Snoopers Rock. Turned around and hiked back out to find another snake in the trail as well. Probably a great hike, but won't be returning due to the safety of me and my dog.
Side note, Indian Rockhouse was pretty cool!

hiking
9 months ago

pretty hard hike. comes to a point that is NOT well marked and is a pain to find the way. my suggestion would be to park in the parking area and walk across the street. go to snoopers rock and back. the rest is not worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a beautiful hike! Trails were groomed and well marked. We did end up doing the whole loop, but for future hikers or even advise to ourselves, is to park at the trail head and walk to the Indian house, then to snoopers point and turn around and head back. If your ambitious, keep going across the road to Mullens point and then turn back and hit either the road or follow the trail back, the ladder half of the trail is not worth it to be honest. The front half of the trail was though, the views were incredible! Would recommend that to anybody.

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Tough trail but some fantastic views, especially at snoopers rock. Got off the trail twice once in a very rocky part near a stream bed, another time missed an unmarked/poorly marked switchback. Views would be even better when the leaves are down.

camping
Monday, May 16, 2016

It's was an awesome trip. We went the wrong way but it e ended up being a blessing in disguise. We stayed the night at Indian Rock House after hiking the loop. It had some great lookouts and the rock house was super dope to make camp at.