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

A message for entitled people who think their dogs are special and they don’t need leashes: PUT YOUR DOG ON A LEASH. Other than having to worry about my 10 pound dog getting eaten by-or biting-an irresponsible dog owners-dog...this is a beautiful trail. We’ve done two and will do them all. Hopefully the town of Signal Mountain can get it together and do something about their own leash laws so everyone can hike in peace-not just the special people with their special off-leash dogs.

Very pretty but definitely difficult. I’d come back when I’m in better shape

This was a great trail with a lot of areas to adventure to.

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

INCREDIBLE all-around trail!

hiking
15 days ago

The view at Edwards point is absolutely stunning and worth the hike! Trail is little confusing at some areas especially if you have never been on this trail but having this app and map helps alot.

Love this trail and the falls is beautiful!! Be sure to go after a nice rain as this falls tends to dry out. The description says a little over 2 miles but I didn’t think it was much further than a mile in. Nice area and friendly people. If you walk past the falls to the left you will come across an awesome swinging bridge that accesses other trails.

hiking
rocky
washed out
17 days ago

I have actually hiked portions of this trail several times, in all seasons. Fall through early spring is best, in my opinion. By the time rhododendrons and mountain laurels are blooming in spring, you have to watch out for ticks. I found 3 on me this last time. The best views are in the Signal Point to Edwards Point portion, but you have to negotiate a little elevation change and some moderate rock gardens; rocks are small, but watch your ankles. If Edwards Point is your destination, starting at the Rainbow Lake trailhead on Ohio Ave. cuts of some distance and eliminates running into ATVs on other alternative approaches to the point. Edwards Point to Mushroom Rock is easy in terms of relatively flat terrain. Though utilizing the section from Mushroom Rock to Suck Creek adds some challenging elevation changes, it is much less scenic, and not long after Edwards Point, you are too far from the gorge rim to see much. A trail from Mushroom Rock lead back to Signal Mountain High School, which makes a nice halfway break, if you don't want to do the whole trail. Just be mindful that the trails around the school are not well marked in some instances. If you are in for the whole thing, starting at Suck Creek makes more of a climactic "finish" (remember you have to hike 8 miles back from there).

Dog friendly trail with awesome swim reward at the end.

The view at the very top is wonderful, the fall was pretty much dried at the time I hiked it. The hike was nice, worth the views!

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
24 days ago

Amazing hike. Went a month ago and I could tell there was landslide recently since there were a lot of downed trees and big rocks that were not there a month ago. Still worth it. Not too challenging

hiking
over grown
rocky
25 days ago

Great hike!! Definitely rocky in some parts but it’s worth it. Beautiful view!

Great hike! Trails are easy to follow.

Great hike for an afternoon outing. Rainbow Lake and the dam are much prettier after we have rain. Please don’t leave trash!!!

hiking
26 days ago

I love this hike and the reward of the fantastic view. I advise you to stay on the trail and do not try to get a view of Rainbow Falls. Many people have required rescuing or worse.

Very nice hike but not the most spectacular around here. I did enjoy it.

Great hike. Probably hiked this area 100 times. Very rocky and steep in places, but great views and falls.

hiking
1 month ago

A fun hike. Rocky and narrow for the most part, it’s a good work out with the elevation changes. We started at the Military Park and that’s a beautiful view. A very peaceful hike.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

Only made it to the Julia Falls overlook. This is a STRENUOUS trail! Made it down the mousetrap. The trail is a mess & the downed trees only made it worse. The overlook was nice. A bluff overlooking the Tennessee River gorge. The waterfall is visible through the trees. Went about .3 farther & turned around. This trail ends up at Edwards Point, which is supposed to be really great. Hauled myself back up the mousetrap & made it to my car before it rained.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Loved this trail! The scramble down to the main falls can be kind of hard to see so keep an eye out. It can also be a difficult decent and ascent back up but it’s very worth it to see the falls at the bottom. I came to see the falls and was happily surprised at the gorgeous views there were too! The trail closer to the shorter falls is easier but it gets rocky and more moderate as the trail progresses. Took the trail in the afternoon to a beautiful evening sunset view at the overlook.

walking
1 month ago

The run to the lake from the parkinglot down rainbow lake trail is actually one of the best downhill rides in town. Ive made bee branch trail (blue) rideable as a more technical and more difficult but not as fast way to the lake. the swinging bridge at the lake is damaged, so be careful. i recommend not riding these trails unless you are expert level and very hiker respectful. some short areas of bee branch are still a small hike a bike for me after 20 years but they are totally do able. hidden lines exist for the even more daring. The damn is a spectacle as are the swinging bridges.

There were sooooo many different trails only marked with paint blazes. You'd hike 200 ft and there'd be another fork in the trail. This happens constantly. Also, **BIG Pet Peeve** the locals don't seem to think that the dog-on-a-leash rule applies to them and my dog is still in training and doesn't do well with other trail dogs yet. When I'm having to hold 2 dogs from killing each other, that's how tragedy happens. So, PLEASE folks, keep your dog on a leash!!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

I'm a 44y/o out of shape guy. We did signal point to Edward's and back. It was a good challenging hike with beautiful scenery.

trail running
2 months ago

Another beautiful trail around the city, however it does require knowing where you are going a little bit and is primarily ATV roads out to the main flippers Bend Trail by the rim. It has a different beauty than many trails around the area, but it still has a lot to offer and I would recommend visiting if you’ve seen many others already around the area.

took the doggies out for a good hike. they had a blast the view is stupendous. the steps are a good work out and the rest is smooth sailing. i will definitely be coming back here to hike again soon!

Good hike keep an eye out for blue blazes because it’s easy to end up in someone’s back yard

This would be a 5 star rating if I had done it backward. If you start at signal mountain, you get gorgeous views and pretty rugged up and down climbing for the first 3.5 miles out. Then, if you're ambitious and want to do the whole hike, you'll notice a steep incline and decline toward the farthest point at suck creek. The "prize" is not worth the extra miles and elevation as it is a highway over a pretty lame creek. So of you're a distance junkie, wanting to do this trail in its entirety (16.8 miles btw), it is amazing and gorgeous. It just might give you more satisfaction starting at suck creek and treating yourself with a delicious treat of a view.

The main hike to rainbow Falls is a good short hike that is not too exhausting but does have some moderate areas when you're going back to the car that are uphill-there are a couple of benches along the way to sit and rest if needed. The falls were really pretty and there's lots of room to play in the creek or sit on a rock and have a picnic. One really aggravating thing is there were so many people with unleashed dogs there. When these dogs rush up on my dog who is on a leash it startles us and our dog. Most times their owners are not even paying attention to the fact that they've run off from them. There was also a group there that started a fire by the creek and left it while it was still burning. Not that everyone reads the rules but it clearly states on the board before you start hiking that you're not supposed to start a campfire there or have dogs unleashed. There are several other trail options with a swinging Bridge. Our eight year old was not comfortable with the swinging Bridge so we didn't take those trail options but would like to go back and try again. This was probably one of our easiest trails. It's nice to be able to get to a waterfall in just a little over half a mile. There is not a lot of parking available so if you go on a really pretty day on the weekend you will likely have to park on the road. I definitely recommend this trail!

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