Sunset Rock via Bluff Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lookout Mountain, Tennessee that features a great forest setting 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
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
583 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

rocky

hiking
6 days ago

Easy trail to the bluff with an amazing view!!!

1 month ago

This is a great little hike, although you could make it longer and keep going down other connecting trails. Parking is very easy at the Craven House, I think the previous review didn’t realize this. The view from the top is fantastic, a must do if you’re in Chatanooga.

hiking
1 month ago

Tried parking at Point Park, but the beginning of the trail there is not dog friendly due to steep steps made of metal grating. My dog couldn't handle them due to both the steepness and her paws falling through the grating, and there's no way around. So we went to the small Sunset Rock parking area and waited 30 minutes for a spot to open up.

Sunset Rock is a great place to see the sunset (obviously), but the Bluff Trail was poorly marked and had many sections of tricky footing with no real payoff because the great views are at the parking areas. Wouldn't do this hike again. Visit Sunset Rock - just a short walk from the road - but pick another trail in the area for a longer hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike for a fabulous view!

2 months ago

loved the view from sunset rock.

3 months ago

As heavily trafficked as this trail is I was surprised by the overgrowth. The signage is nonexistent. Made a wrong choice at a no sign split and entered into the path of the secret garden. The over hanging kudzu made for beautiful doorways to enter into the unknown, but climbing through them was a bit difficult. We finally got ourselves turned around and made it to the top. We didn’t mind the adventure but for a non local , signs would be helpful.

hiking
3 months ago

Busy Trail, easy accessible from the free parking (behind the washrooms) at Point Park Loop or if you are extremely lucky you can park right above Sunset Rock. The trails is not marked from Point Park but if you follow the signs to the Museum you will find steep metal stairs down to the Bluff Trail, turn left for a nice easy hike to Sunset Rock. Once there your choices are return the way you came or as we did walk up the road and check out the well to do residents who live atop this historic landmark.

The Bluff Trail for the most part is well maintained, I’m guessing that's because of the high amount of visitors that walk this route that it is just foot bare. On other hikes around Lookout mountains we have come across neglected and dangerous trail conditions.
Trail signage could be improved A LOT.
DANGER! ZERO TRAIL MAINTENANCE on Mountain Beautiful Trail!
At this time 08/17/18 we strongly suggest you avoid Mountain Beautiful Trail, this hazard filled trail presented us with grown over trails with waist high ground cover, (much of it "leaves of three") making each of our steps hazardous and onto unseen thus unknown ground. There were multiple downed trees and choking vines forcing bent over tight squeezes or clambers over sizable downed trees, staying ever aware of the potential for snakes below the downed trees.
We can confidently state that the Mountain Beautiful Trail was the WORST maintained National Parks trail we have EVER experienced.
By the time we finished our legs were red and itching, we were covered in spiders webs and brushing off spiders (freaking Maxine out) and we were just so pissed off at the trails condition that we seriously contemplated walking up the busy Scenic Highway to return to our car parked at Cravens House.
Luckily the Hardy (hike/bike)Trail paralleled the road, this unimpressive trail follows the Hydro Pylons, but we were truly thankful that it was wide and clear.
I have written a letter to the Park Superintendent, I trust he/she would want to take immediate action and clear the dangerous hazards on Mountain Beautiful Trail, but who knows???
Just be warned!

4 months ago

Great trail with fantastic views! Tons of places to get some outdoor climbs in too if that’s your thing. Saw a ton of people top roping, definitely bringing my gear back next time!
Otherwise was a great hike, we brought lunch and picnicked at the top.

4 months ago

Early morning is best for numbers of people. Always love this place and the hike to get there! Minimal ticks for us this trip. My 2 huskies love the trail!

4 months ago

Great, but be warned that there are some rocky bits so wear appropriate footwear. If you just want to see Sunset Rock and don’t want to hike there is a parking area off West Brow road with a short easy walk.

hiking
5 months ago

Not too hard of a trail, there is climbing involved, so may be difficult for children. Beautiful views at the top! You can see the whole city.

6 months ago

Favorite hike in Chattanooga. Fun trail; great views at the top on the rocks. Wasn’t too crowded and leaves are beautiful in November.

6 months ago

hard to find and more than we expected but great views

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous in the fall. Not too difficult for anyone able-bodied

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is gorgeous!! Pretty easy, since it's mostly flat. I hiked it on a foggy day so most of the views were hidden, but the rocks were still incredible to walk beside.

8 months ago

Awesome overlooks

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful view

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous view!

hiking
10 months ago

Would definitely recommend this trail. Bluff trail offers a lot of variety. Do beware of stretches of ice on this trail during the winter!

hiking
10 months ago

I made this a Loop by going back by the bluff trail (where it forks off the cravens house) up to point park, and then down the incline trail (which isn’t maintained, but is perfectly functional).

hiking
11 months ago

Great views on this moderately trafficked trail from Point Park to Sunset rock. Wet and a bit slippery after rain or snow when at the stone stairs near sunset rock, but otherwise an easy walking trail. Metal steps near Point Park need a touch of care. Lots of history markers to read if you have interest. Quaint picturesque
waterfalls after rains

11 months ago

The hike can be tough but it's rewarding once you make it to the top. Go have some fun!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Good little trail. A little difficult to find the beginning, look for the Ochs Museum, and it branches off from there.

hiking
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Incorrectly labeled as easy. This trail is at least moderate difficulty. Fabulous views of Chattanooga and the surrounding landscape. Steep at times and rocky throughout.

hiking
Friday, September 29, 2017

very short but steep hike from parking lot. Gorgeous view. There is NO fencing or gates, etc to keep you from falling off cliff/bluff so you have to use common sense and be very careful. People have fallen to their deaths on this site. That said, it is stunningly beautiful and the views are panoramic....

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Such a beautiful view!

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Great easy trail with a beautiful view at the end ❤️

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Good trail but I would rate it moderate, not easy. Also note that you will have to pay if you enter at the point. $5 park entry and $6 parking for 2 hours. parking varies by time.

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

This is one of my favorite trails when in Chattanooga. The view really great and the hike to the top is a medium level hike.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Short hike to a great view. Perfect for sunset-viewing.

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