Suck Creek Road to Mushroom Rock

MODERATE 38 reviews

Suck Creek Road to Mushroom Rock is a 3.8 mile out and back trail located near Chattanooga, Tennessee. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1210 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

hiking
21 days ago

Equal amounts of uphill and downhill terrain make this hike manageable for even the inexperienced hiker. The features, which include an assortment of interesting rock formations, a spooky hole in the ground, an incredible suspension bridge, and sweeping views of the creek are evenly sprinkled along the trail. Just when you get tired of walking, there seems to be a good reason to stop and enjoy your surroundings. The trail was also easy to navigate, not crowded, and a breeze to find. Two thumbs up from us gals!

hiking
1 month ago

It was a challenging hike but nice

hiking
4 months ago

We loved this Tennessee River Gorge Segment of the Cumberland! Was an amazing hike with Kenny ❤️

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, have hiked this trail several times this year. Took my fly rod one trip and caught several small shell cracker at North Suck creek camp site.

hiking
6 months ago

We loved this trail! The only bad part was actually getting to the trailhead of Suck Creek Rd. The cars and curves had me nervous, since we had our kids. But we made it to and from safely. Lots of window glass on the shoulder from cars being broken into also had me a little on edge. Once making the steep trek up the mountain, it was smooth hiking! Beautiful scenery, nice cool breeze. The swinging bridge and river were my favorite! I'm hesitant to post to not attract a ton of people (Come on, none of us nature people just love heavily populated getaway spots lol) but I believe I've found one of my favorite places on this side of the earth.

6 months ago

sorry for the double review but you need to know Do Not Leave Valuables in your car!!! Our was broken into and the sheriff said it was the 4th one that day in that area! Leave a window down if possible, they broke mine out

6 months ago

Great trail! major workout on the last mile, the grade goes straight up it feels like. Awesome camping spot right on the creek after the suspension bridge. Recent storms have knocked down a couple of trees, just go over them, the rest of the trail is clear

6 months ago

Wish we could have gone on the trail-large tree out at first thirty feet.

hiking
8 months ago

Was a great day and nice trail

hiking
8 months ago

I took my 8 year old on this. It was easy dried out. Good views and breezes helped on the journey.

hiking
8 months ago

This in NO WAY was an easy hike! Please be prepared for sweat and toil to the top as the road to Mushroom Rock is seriously washed out. Great spring hike for a "moderate to difficult" day trek.

hiking
9 months ago

Not an "easy" trail, more like a moderate. Not good for dogs.

hiking
11 months ago

As some others have said finding this trail is the hardest part. If you are heading up Suck Creek road the trail is going to start on your right. Heading up Suck Creek road near the top, before you reach the Walden Ridge community sign, you'll just barely spot a set of stairs leading to a trailhead on the left side of the road. There are typically a few cars parked in the location so that's your best marker. The trail to mushroom rock has nothing to do with the stairs, just a good place marker to find where you need to be. The only thing marking the location you want is a hard to spot "trail crossing" sign on the Creek side just before the stairs when driving up. Hop over the guard rail and you'll see the start to your journey.

The trail itself comes quickly down to a bridge from the road then up an incline followed by a nice leisurely flat stretch. After a mile or so you'll start heading down the back side of the ridge you just climbed, down to a long suspension bridge over North Suck Creek. On the other side of the bridge you can either chose the more strenuous red blaze course directly In front of you, or follow the white blazes to the right that pass through the little camping area. Either way you chose this is the hardest part of the trail. It has a decent elevation gain. A short hike later (30 minutes?) you'll be greeted by Mushroom Rock.

If you do a google search for mushroom rock Chattanooga you'll likely see lots of 1900's era pictures of tourist and locals alike perched all about and on the rock formation. Most the time fully suited in their Sunday best. Anyhow... it's a nice little piece of Chattanooga culture.

Enjoy YOUR hike!

hiking
Monday, April 18, 2016

I had a very hard time locating the entrance. Going up Suck Creek there will be stairs on the left. Park in pull off right past there. Cross the road and walk back down the road. You will see the trail. Hop the guard rail.

The trail is well kept and easily to identify along the way. After the second bridge (at the bottom of the gorge) turn to the rightWard the campsite and follow the white markings.

My dog handled this trail well. I was able to run a lot of it. This is a strenuous hike.

hiking
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Technical, but not difficult. I would rate this as a moderate trail. You can park on Suck Creek Rd. on the shoulder that is ~1/4 mile up the road (much more room than the shoulder closer to the sign on the left side of the road) from the Hikers Crossing sign where you have to go over the guard rail to get to the small bridge to start the hike.

Would NOT recommend following the red blazes after you cross the suspension bridge. Very steep and dangerous with multiple fallen trees and loose gravel at a steep incline that was like climbing a ladder on hands and knees. Follow the white blazes to the right after you cross the suspension bridge.

hiking
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Great hike. Some steep inclines and moderate downhills. Great water crossing areas and picnic locations. Fun 5 hour round trip.

hiking
Saturday, July 25, 2015

The first hike up was a little steep, but the middle section was a wonderful, brisk walk. After the swinging bridge you're in for a serious incline up a rocky path. Push yourself to make it to the top and you'll get to see the awesome geological feature that is mushroom rock. I would recommend some trekking poles for the trip down that rocky incline, ESPECIALLY if its been raining.

trail running
Monday, July 13, 2015

Fun trail. Short and technical. Super steep gains and losses that keep your legs burning. Mushroom rock looks..like a mushroom. Neature. Once you get up towards the rock you can continue along the Cumberland Trail if you're looking for a little more mileage.

hiking
Monday, May 18, 2015

This portion of the Cumberland Trail was very fun. It offers a wide variety of technicality. It starts with a descent to the first bridge on the other side of the guardrail from the road. It immediately goes into a step ascent with lots of roots and rocks. After the first ascent, it has a nice flat area so that you may catch your breath. The next descent takes you to a swinging bridge to cross North Suck Creek. Immediately after the bridge, you begin the final ascension to Mushroom Rock. Follow the red markings on the trees. This is the most intense portion of the trail due to the length of the ascension. The hike is well worth it once you reach Mushroom Rock. It's one of the most fascinating natural wonders in the Chattanooga region.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Helpful hints: Look for the white blazed trail to the right when you cross the suspension bridge to take the leg up to the rock.
Parking can be difficult to find. Go slightly north up the road and park on the rockwall side where there is a wider shoulder.

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