Chattanooga, TN hiking superlatives


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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.

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.

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