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Signal Point Trail via Signal Point Park [CLOSED]

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Prentice Cooper State Forest

Signal Point Trail via Signal Point Park [CLOSED] is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Signal Mountain, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 898 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Walking

Forest

River

Views

Closed

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Waypoints (1)

As of June 17, 2020, users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting.

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Reviews (151)
Photos (488)
Recordings (128)
Completed (380)
Josh VANMETER
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Hiking

Still closed 08/04/20

Larissa Runge
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Hiking

Still closed 6/25/20.

Jennifer Funk
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park still closed 6/17/20

Donald H.
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Park and trails remain closed 5/25/20.

Petra Vítová
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Hiking

Signal point closed

Kaylee Sivley
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HikingRocky

This was an incredible hike! It was my first time on this trail and I am very out of shape. I almost died and my Apple Watch was consistently trying to call emergency services for me because my heart rate sky-rocketed. In between gasps of air, the views were beautiful! Kind of steep and rocky at some points, but beautiful nonetheless as I came in and out of consciousness. I can’t comment on Rainbow Falls because I didn’t make it even halfway, but the small children skipping past me as I vomited into the bushes were talking about how pretty it was at the end! Definitely check it out!

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Brock Hill
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful spring hike with several wildflowers in bloom and plenty of water in the streams. The wooden steps at the beginning of the hike are way overdue for replacement. I slipped and fell since they were also damp. New aluminum steps with safety treads would be nice!!!!

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Tasha Thaman
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HikingMuddy
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Carly W.
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HikingRocky
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Charity B
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HikingClosedRockyWashed out

I went on this trail back in 2017 and it's still one of my favorites in Chattanooga. The trail was closed 1/4 of the way through because of all of the rain, but the hidden gems of waterfalls, caves, giant rocks and gorgeous views of the river made it worth while! I'd live to go again someday! Totally worth it.

Tye Young
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Hiking

Good all-around trail. Should be OK for dogs, would not be ideal for smaller kids unless they are outdoorsy. We didn’t follow exact trail for some of it but pretty much knew where we were going.

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Ari Ackerlee
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HikingRocky

Steep and uneven stairs at the start, a bit of scrambling throughout. Large rocks that are fun to hop on. Huge boulders and caves to see from the trail! We tried scrambling up to see the inside of a cave but got spooked (thought I saw eyes of a critter living inside). Went during Thanksgiving break so plenty of leaves on the ground which made it easy to slip if you weren’t being careful. Beautiful views of the river throughout. Saw lots of people on the trail. There is a building by the parking lot that has bathrooms, but these are incredibly derelict. Toilets don’t flush but people have (understandably) been using them anyway. Broken glass on the floor. One of the bathrooms is just straight up locked. It’s sad that these public restrooms are in this condition considering how much private wealth there is in that neighborhood.

Maddie Simms
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Hiking

My 8 year old dog and I love to hike and he keeps up very very well, but we had to turn around because he was scared and couldn’t manage all the huge stairs and drops to even get down to the trail. Even for a 75lb big old boy those stairs and jumps down were too far. Wouldn’t recommend bringing a dog unless they’re really young and can hop around really easily.

Allison Kennelly
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Anna Askins-Dunn
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Hiking

We did this hike back in April.. as others have said it was not well marked and muddy (at the time) definitely a moderate hike but the bridge crossings are neat and the view at the end is stunning of our Tennessee River! Definitely a good hike if in the Chatt area!!

Ben Shasserre
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Elisabeth C.
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HikingRocky
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Grady Davidson
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HikingRocky
Shane Gregory
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Kellie Gleason
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This was a great trail that lead to a spectacular view, a nice river and man made dam. The trail was fairly easy to traverse, except for some downed trees and rocky sections.

Tyler Smith
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HikingMuddy

Tough hike with lots of rocks which makes it slow, especially if it’s wet. Be weary of going down to the waterfall. Other reviews have mentioned it and we tried it only because we missed the sign cautioning against it. With the recent rain it made finding a sturdy footholds impossible. We turned around after falling several times. Beautiful overlooks despite the trail being poorly marked.

Isaiyas Marroquin
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Hiking

Probably the best view of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga

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lori Simonson
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Great trail! Variety of terrain. lots of rocks and tree limbs to traverse made it fun. Have to keep your eyes on the trail especially in the fall when the leaves cover

Danielle Balestra
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Hiking

This was great trail with a couple of variations for length. Like others said, it seems to be minimally tended to so there are areas with trees down and a few spots you have to climb or traverse. Our 70 lb boxer was able to handle it well. The stairs at the beginning might be the hardest parts with really uneven step gaps. The waterfall is worth the short (but steep) off trail venture. Absolutely stunning. Views are outstanding right at the beginning.

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