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Top Hiking Trails near Chattanooga

Tennessee is home to some of the most beautiful hikes in the world.  Some of which are a short drive away from our bed and breakfast. While you may want to lounge about in your lake view room for a while, it pays to venture out and see what the city and surrounding nature have to offer. 

There are roughly 50 different hiking trails you can choose from, including trails on Signal and Mobry mountains. Some are appropriate for all, others are exclusively for hiking experts. They are all fun and highlight Tennessee's natural beauty. 

No matter what type of hikes you appreciate, you'll find something you can enjoy as you walk through Tennessee. Bring good shoes, water, snacks and bug spray. There are memories worth making.

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park features a plethora of hiking trails for you to explore. Trails range from easy to difficult and vary in length. There are two overnight trails over 13 miles long but the majority are under 5 miles long. The Betty Dunn Nature Center at the north entrance of the park serves as a trailhead and offers information on trails. 

Big Soddy Creek Gulf Trail

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 3.5 miles

Big Soddy Creek Gulf Trail a very popular out-and-back trail not too far from Riverside Bed and Breakfast. The trail, which is also popular with mountain bikers, takes you past a beautiful waterfall.  Visit AllTrails to learn more.

North Chickamauga Creek Trail

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Length: 14.6 miles

North Chickamauga Creek Trail is a section of Cumberland Trail, located near Soddy Daisy.  The trail is can be hiked year-round. Along the way, you'll be treated to an excellent view of one of our local waterfalls.

The North Chickamauga Creek segment of the Cumberland trail also includes the Boston Branch Overlook, which provides one of the best views of North Chickamauga Gorge available. You can also take a short detour and follow Boston Branch Trail to Boston Branch Lake, a small, secluded lake that is well worth visiting.

Note that this is a long and difficult hike, with an elevation gain of 2,841 feet. You've been warned. Visit AllTrails to learn more.

Rock City Gardens

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 0.5 miles

If you are looking for some awe-inspiring geological features, Rock City Gardens should be first on your Chattanooga to-do list. Rock City lies just outside the city limits atop Lookout Mountain and is a gorgeous place to spend the evening. This short trail is an easy favorite among visitors.  After the walk, grab some coffee at Starbucks or head on over to Cafe on the Corner or Canyon Grill for a delicious dinner.

Ruby Falls

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 0.2 miles

Another exceptionally easy nature walk that anyone can enjoy. It's a guided tour that opens up to a natural interior waterfall. You can learn how the Limestone cave was formed,  see some amazing geology and hear the voices of the explorer's who discovered it. Afterwards, go ziplining through the great outdoors!

Snooper's Rock

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 7.3 miles

If you are looking for a more natural experience that will get you out of the city, Snooper's Rock is an excellent hike to immerse yourself in nature. You'll walk through the forest, climb hills and overlook the Tennessee River.

While you may get lucky, bring bug spray just in case. Watch out for trees that block the path and make sure to follow the markings to the overlook. Snooper's Rock ends with a stunning panoramic view you'll want to take your camera for.

Sunset Rock Trail

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 3.2 miles

One of the most famous hikes of Lookout Mountain, Sunset Rock is a shorter hike that offers an amazing view of the city and nature. It can be a tricky hike since much of the trail is covered in loose rock, making it difficult to traverse. However, if you make it up to the overlook, you'll find that the view is well worth the journey. It should definitely be on your radar.

Cravens House Loop

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 4.0 miles

Those seeking a hike that is deeper than the view should consider hiking the Cravens House Loop. This hike is a decent exercise, and shows off the natural beauty of The Volunteer State, but it also gives you a taste of history.

You can explore the Hardy House, and Civil War sites that housed Confederate troops. The hike is steep and can feel a bit daunting, but it will throw in some historical value to your Tennessee trip.

Mullens Cove Loop

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Length: 9.6 miles

 Mullens Cove Loop is a longer trail peering off of the Tennessee River, giving you an overwhelming sensation of height. The diverse collection of trees and shrubs creates a kaleidoscopic hiking experience in the fall.

The hike is one of the more intense ones in the roster, but it's worth the effort and may supply a welcoming challenge to hardcore hikers.

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