Raccoon Mountain Reservoir Loop

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

Raccoon Mountain Reservoir Loop is a 13.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chattanooga, Tennessee that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length13.5 miElevation gain1414 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingBird watchingrunningForestLakeRiverViewsWildlifeBugsScrambleWashed out
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As of June 2020, it is reported that this trail is closed. The Raccoon Mountain Trail System, high above Chattanooga, Tennessee, offers trail runners the perfect terrain for distance running. The views from along the trail are simply stunning so make sure to stop and take a breather or two and take in the spectacular scenery. With a variety of trail options and unmatched views of the surrounding mountains, this trail is an example of what can happen when you allow recreational access to public land. It is clean, well used, and represents the nature of the city and surrounding area. This route offers a couple of climbs, rocks, roots, creeks, and a pond.

Carry water. Be alert for mountain bikers while on the trails. Do not leave valuables in car. East Overlook is safer because of a higher volume of traffic. The trails get pretty busy in the evenings and weekends. Be gone before sunset.

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Donna Parker
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Cassie Sutton
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Sarah Spikes
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HikingGreat!

Great trail, mostly easy. Couple of sections moderateish but a great long hike. I tried to follow what another review said about starting at laurel ridge and I do not recommend for first time hikers to this area. Start at the east viewing center. The path is clearly marked and there is a great map there you can take a picture of.

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Angie Grayson
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The best views are in the parking area. We were hoping to find outcrops for views toward Laurel Point but the views are obscured.

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Ashley Siskey
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Saying this as a first-time visitor, so take as you will. Think this is a much better trail for bikers - best view is in the parking lot at the trailhead. I’d definitely tell a fellow hiker to park at the Laurel Point picnic area and begin a hike from there. That’s my plan for next time. Trail was easy and maintained, so no complaints there. Cool, casual and contemplative.

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John Gaskins
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Started off just thinking going a little out and back.... Not!!

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Katelin Ryan
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Very easy hike.

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David Jones
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Did most of the loop yesterday for my 50th birthday. Cut out the "small intestine" portion and the final tally was 13.1 miles with 1605 feet of elevation gain. The part I skipped is listed on the official signage as 1.5 miles, so the total trail is definitely closer to 14.5 and definitely more than the AllTrails official 1417 feet. I'm in pretty good shape and was able to average 23 minutes per mile, so the whole 13.1 took 5 hours, 2 minutes. Stopped along the way for a few pics, rested a couple times for a few minutes. Weather was nearly perfect 66 degrees with a little rain and a little wind. Might have to make this an annual thing.

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Rich Carreiro
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Mountain bikingGreat!

beautiful views, loads of fun

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Dennis Parr
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Mountain bikingGreat!

the trails are fun and fast seen a couple of snakes would gave 5 stars but the maps are not marked good with location

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Josh VANMETER
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I cut out the entire Laurel Point section and still came in at 12.7. I’m certain the overall length here is close to 15miles, not 13.5.

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Jonathan Kaiser
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David Moore
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Kneil Place
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Sam Stone
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Mountain bikingGreat!

If you think the trails at racoon mountain aren’t top notch (high voltage, electric ave., chunky) then go faster. So much fun!

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John Boone
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Great mountain bike trail, but it was such a boring hike (I went clockwise) that I skipped all the dog legs at the end bc it wasn't worth the miles I came for. I only felt compelled to stop once for scenery, and that was a dangerous outward angle rock face that I don't recommend. Most of the terrain was basic sunscorched ridgeline choss, and the only waterfall is a drizzle coming out the bottom of the reservoir that you also don't see the whole time. It's just not a very pretty trail, but I'll tell my mtn bike friends about it. I give it 3 stars instead of 2 bc I'm probably unfairly judging it harshly for being too easy/boring.

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Dan A. User
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Via ferrata

Beautiful trail! Spectacular view overlooks

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Lexa Pope
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Love this trail. Came out with friends for a longer hike & also to see if it was a feasible trail to run a half on. It was surprisingly perfect. It is relatively flat the entire way, with a ton of downhill if you start at the trail on the right at East lookout. It’s almost completely shaded (which was a lifesaver!) And it was mostly a dirt path with some gravel paths here and there. It was basically just a run on the forest floor but every once in a while it would open up to a beautiful view. I will say- it was longer for us than 13.5. Maybe we diverted at some point but when we made it back to our car (after taking a street for the last mile instead of the trail, because the trail was an even longer distance) it was 14.89 miles. Definitely could have been my fault but those last 1.5ish miles were tough after thinking we’d be done at 13.5. Overall loved it, we will be back.

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Cynthia Schermerhorn
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Mountain biking

East Rim loop. Lots of roots...challenging for a new, new beginner! Beautiful scenery though

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Nicole Richard
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Closed as of 6/5/20

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Petra Vítová
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The access is closed (as of 5/15/2020), not sure if due to covid or construction

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Chris Pratt
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over 20 miles of great mountain biking

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Robert Barber
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Hiking

Great drive and places to hike. Riding trails and roads as well. Lots of elevation change. Visitor center at top. Great views of Chattanooga from a lookout.

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Zac Spradlin
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Mountain biking

Great trails out here. This is our new everyday trail.

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Caroline Berry
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Easy hike. I hiked, but there were lots of bikes. Pups loved it.

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Breanna Danielle
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the parking lot is the best view of this part of the hike we did. we didn't do the whole loop as it was getting too hot. Saw a couple snakes but if you don't bug them they don't bug you. very narrow trails. made for MTN biking. probably good for trail running as well.

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Sean And Atsuko Sharp
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HikingBugs

Nice trail. Watch out for rattlesnake. I saw 1 on the trail and 1 on the road near the east overlook parking. AllTrails map helped me stay on the right trail.

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Dylan Echols
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No markers. Enjoyable hike

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Joey Gore
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Mountain biking

Good solo dolo

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Michael Dana
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HikingBugs

DO NOT do this without the offline map. There are connecting trails and few of any markers. Nice hike. Good views. Trail is dirt with some occasional rock and roots to trip on

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