Pot Point Loop is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chattanooga, Tennessee that features a great forest setting 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.
A rarely used loop in Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area. Pot Point Loop is an add-on to the Cumberland Trail in Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area. Seldom used, the track presents a peaceful day hike. Begin at the parking area for Snooper's Rock along Tower Road.
Nice hike with multiple overlooks, a natural bridge, and a small gorge section. Moderately strenuous, but be prepared to bushwack around fallen trees and search for elusive blazes. The trail might be more visible in summer, but the winter views are hard to beat! This is in a Wildlife Management Area, and many weekends during hunting season the trails are closed for managed game hunts. Check the forest website before you go. Also the access road is unpaved, so depending on conditions you may want to park at the first Cumberland Trail parking lot instead of going all the way to the Snooper's Rock lot.
The trail was nice. Could use a little work in some areas to clean up some fallen trees, but overall it was relatively easy to traverse. According to the distance I ended with from starting at the parking area and map, going out to view the designated areas, making the whole loop, and finishing back where I started, I came up with the whole trail being almost 15 miles long instead of the 12 miles listed. Regardless, that's just something to keep in mind while out on the trails. Happy trailing!
This could be a five star trail, but it needs come TLC. The highlights are
1. Snooper's Rock- Panoramic view of the Tennessee River.
2. Natural Bridge- Be sure to hike under the bridge to see it at its best.
3. McNabb Stream / Camp- Pretty woodland stream.
4. Ransom Hollow Overlook- Another great view of the Tennessee River.
The Raccoon Overlook is mostly obstructed. It probably has a good view in the Winter. The trail from Natural Bridge (heading southeasterly) to the first crossing of Tower Rd. is overgrown and in need of maintenance. There are also many downed trees; however, these are easy to get around. Because of the overgrowth, it can be tricky to stay on the trail. You have to go slow and look for the white blazes to navigate this section of the trail. One particularly bad part has 5-6 ft. pine saplings growing in the trail. After a rain, these will soak you like a car wash. Also, the overgrowth kept my feet wet for most of the hike. I brought home a tick and some poison ivy from this experience. Once you cross Tower Rd., the trail is in good shape with very little overgrowth all the way to the parking area at the other end of Tower Rd. The "restroom" at the parking area is an old fashioned outhouse. Bring your own toilet paper! You will need to clear the spider webs before sitting down and doing business. I had not used an outhouse since 1970 and the garter snake encounter.
Until the trail is improved, it is better as a Winter hike. This could be a 5 star hike with some basic trail maintenance.
Trail runner...disappointed. The southeast third badly overgrown, little travelled. Little maintenance evident. Saw no one else( warm Saturday morn in May). Trees block view from the overlooks
This was a really awesome nature walk. Then for some reason whoever maintains the trail just closed the river-walk portion so now you either have to turn around or walk on the road.