Raccoon Mountain Reservoir Loop

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Raccoon Mountain Reservoir Loop is a 14.3 mile lightly 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.

DISTANCE
14.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1453 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

scramble

washed out

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.

5 months ago

Beautiful

10 months ago

Easy to follow but NO trail markers. Next time I go back will take care of that. Had trouble finding trail heads. They are behind the Laural Point public rest rooms off to the right and unmarked.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Beautiful easy path ,would be nice if the biker followed the posted rule of yielding to pedestrians especially 3 year old ones ;)

trail running
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Great first time run. Easy to moderate. Light traffic, mostly bikers. Didn't include the small intestine trail this time. Beautiful views. Can't wait to run this one again.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

This is a great everyday trail to take your dogs for a walk, there are some pretty bluff views of the river as well.

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Excellent for mountain biking but great for hiking as well! Has a number of side trails so you can choose your overall distance. Likely some great views when the leaves are down, not so much in late May.

mountain biking
Friday, April 29, 2016

These are great trails. The map on this app is incomplete. There are some easy parts and many sections that are very difficult. Megawatt , High Voltage and Livewire are fast,steep and technical. Pure joy and ten minutes from downtown Chattanooga.

mountain biking
Friday, October 10, 2014

Beginner Trials were fun. Kinda rough. We were not about to try the Intermediate or advanced trials. Ride around the perimeter on the road was great.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I followed the directions and it took me 2hours out of my way and we never found the trail. What a waste of a day.

mountain biking
Monday, May 26, 2014

Trail hard to follow. Stop at visitor center to get map if first time. If beginner trail needed they have them. The blue and black trails are not for kids. Picnic area is great. This is a great place and we will be back! Family of five....

hiking
Monday, January 20, 2014

Several trailheads were closed as was the Visitor Center and bathrooms. We picked up the trail at Laurel Point near the pavilion and headed back toward the reservoir and VC. Many trail markers were missing but the path is clear enough- we didn't need them. Forgot to download the tracks before we left out- guess we will have to go back soon :)

Took about 2 hours to walk with several stops to watch birds, listen to the breeze, and talk about the TVA. Lots of looking and learning- great for kids!!

hiking
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Our cub scout troop enjoyed the views

mountain biking
Friday, January 04, 2013

A lot of fun! I only rode 10 miles, was planning on riding that loop plus megawatt the next day but broke my frame...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

This is a great run. If you take the new trail that's to the right at the gravel road section(poi 2) it takes you down the mountain to the point where Massengale Point Rd runs into Raccoon Mountain Road. Once you get there all you can do is turn around and climb back up. Once the trail goes all the way to the intake point I can see it being a nice challenge parking and starting at the boat ramp and climbing up.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 23, 2012

Awesome trail system; something for everyone.

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