You know we LYLAS, Nooga. That’s why, with the conclusion of Hamilton County Schools’ year coming up this Wednesday, we’re sharing our yearbook superlatives of Chattanooga hikes — so you can get right to enjoying summer break.
HAGS, Bri + Kristen. 💋
🥾 Most likely to succeed (in making you sore)
Fiery Gizzard Trail. This 11.4-mile trail features a 2-mile “boulder field” climb that’s sure to leave your legs burning. If you don’t feel like going the whole way but still want great views, start at Foster Falls + hike until you’re ready to turn back.
🥾 (Kid) Friendliest
Glen Falls Trail. This 2.3-mile out + back trail also features a rock and water formation to enjoy on hot summer days. Parking can be found on the side of Ochs Highway, but is sometimes scarce on busy days.
🥾 Most attractive (views)
Ritchie Hollow to Snoopers Rock. This is another long hike (an 8-mile jaunt, out + back) with a mountain view that pays off and 30-foot waterfall to tide you over on the way. City Editor Brianna likes to cheat + start at Snoopers Rock.
🥾 Most popular
Lula Lake. Voted Chattanooga’s best hike by you, dear readers, Lula Lake actually has various trails to enjoy on its land. While Lula Lake’s Core Preserve — which includes Lula Falls + the lake itself — is only open on select dates, its other trail systems are open to the public daily.
🥾 Best dressed (with helpful signage)
Stringer’s Ridge. This trail system — conveniently located in the middle of town — is well-marked with signs to keep you on track. Make sure to check out one of the best views of Chattanooga at the lookout. Pro Tip: Watch out for mountain bikers while on the trail.
🥾 Cutest couple (of hikes)
Cravens House to Sunset Rock + Cravens House to Point Park. If you’re a history buff, take the Cravens House Loop to Point Park to get in for free and enjoy the historic site. If you’re hoping for a mid-hike picnic spot with beautiful views, take the trail to Sunset Rock.