Explore the most popular trail running trails near Chattanooga with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fairly easy trail beautiful sunsets at the pier

Accidentally did this. Amazing Civil War signage. Not for kids.

Great trail, easy to access and has a great view

Great trail! Gorgeous day and although it got pretty warm, you didn’t notice in the shade of the trails. Sunset Rock was amazing! I could have sat there forever!

If you have weak legs, bad knees, hips or ankles, you might want to the whole loop. Perhaps to Sunset Rock and directly back. This has some strenuous spots on the loop especially Gum Springs and Rifle Pits. Gum Trail and Rife Pits had quite a bit of overgrowth making it narrow although the path was clear.

Suggestions: good comfortable hiking shoes, water and a walking stick or walking poles.

Hiked a section of this trail. Seemed mostly for bikes but I only saw hikers on the trail when we went. Lots of little up and down hills, good moderate trail. Bugs and ticks were abundant, check yourself!

Nice little loop with several nice views of the river. Definitely watch sunset on the pier.

Awesome view at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

on Bluff Trail

2 months ago

Tons of shade! May get a little crowded in the summer because of the tourist location.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked a couple of years ago but plan on another visit.

I absolutely love this trail. Easy to hike awesome scenery. Walked it is the pouring rain also was fun.

This was my first hiking experience in years, and I truly enjoyed it! I have bad knees, but I was still able to navigate well. The view was beautiful! We will be back here again, but later in the day to see the actual sunset.

The trail was easy to follow and offered get sights along the way. The bridge, creek, the hole in the ground, the camping site and then mushroom rock. It was a great hike with few hikers on the trail. We took our grand-dog and she loved the hike. We will do the trail to the point next time we visit. It was a great work out.

Easy to follow and several trails so you can mix it up.

Was a great hike lots of pretty views. I would rate the hike more on the strenuous side rather than moderate. The loop could use some more paint on the trees but pretty easy to navigate. We found one beautiful waterfall. Well worth the visit!

Good for a quick trail run if you’re looking for a smooth surface, non technical, with some good ups and downs. No stream crossings. 4 mile loop makes for a nice run if you’re an out of town traveler, close to down town. Good trailhead with maps at various locations out on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

enjoyed this late winter hike but let the tick season begin. found two even after liberal application of Deet.

on Bluff Trail

4 months ago

first time on this trail. Very nice view of the valley and skyline. Trail is pretty easy. Started and finished at Sunset Rock. Access to SR is a bit more tough with lots of stone steps to be aware of footing.

Great trail with awesome scenes and many waterfalls.

NOT A MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAIL. I carried my bike on my back for 6 miles because I kept thinking that “I’m sure it will become a bike trail ahead” NOPE

hiking
4 months ago

Right IN Chattanooga, which is hard to find in many cities, this trail goes around the mountain and is very pretty. We did the full 9 miles but the best part was a very quick and steep hike up to Sunset Rock, directly up the hill with clear marked signs. If I did hikes multiple times, I would do it again for sure. Enjoy!

mountain biking
4 months ago

I’m new to mountain biking but I found this trail to be a lot of fun. Suck Creek Cycle recommended it as a good beginners trail at that it is. It’s not too technically challenging and allows you to really feel what a fast flow track is like. I enjoyed it so much I did it three times back to back, that was about all I could handle physically but it sure was fun.

Moderately challenging uphills. When you make it to the suspension bridge, turn right and you’ve got roughly 20 more minute to mushroom rock. Wear stable shoes as there are some dicey descents, and being your walking sticks. Perfect way to get lost for a few hours. Bonus picnic area at the bridge.

walking
5 months ago

We had a warm day yesterday and decided to check out this trail. Very pleasant and easy. It was a little muddy but there where platforms through the swampy parts. Will do again.

Not my cup of tea. Seems like a great trail if you can’t drive out of the city and explore.

The terrain was verified with hills and dips and some fallen trees to cross. There are some old remains of stone cottages that are neat as well.

trail running
5 months ago

Great spot - great for dogs - lots of access to the river at certain spots to cool off and hang out. This is a favorite during hot summer days - you get your own personal Beach!

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