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Trails in the Gorge
*********The trail will be CLOSED on the following dates due to hunting on Prentice Cooper State Forest: April 3-8, 11-13, 19-21, 24-29. This means you CANNOT hike on the trail during these dates. If you have your heart set on hiking durimg that time, check out the Pot Point Nature Trail!
The Ritchie Hollow Trail is an approximately 2.2 mile trail (one-way) that ties the Tennessee River to the top of Suck Creek Mountain and into the Cumberland Trail system at the Pot Point Loop Trail in Prentice Cooper State Forest.
Directions through the Tennessee River Gorge
The Tennessee River Gorge falls within the Tennessee River Blueway, a river trail formed by TVA in the 1930s that runs for 45 miles from Chickamauga Dam to Nickajack Dam. The best information for traveling on the Tennessee Blueway is located at Canoe Tennessee's website.
Head over to Outdoor Chattanooga's website for tons of information on exploring the Gorge via water.
(from downtown Chattanooga)
Approximate Travel Time: 1.5-2 hours
Take US-27 North over the Tennessee River and travel 1-2 miles to the Signal Mountain Road exit (US-127 North). Turn right toward Signal Mountain. At the base of Signal Mountain, at the intersection of US-127 North and Highway 27 West, turn left onto Highway 27 (Suck Creek Road directly across the street from Subway).
Travel exactly 4 miles on Suck Creek Road. After you pass “The Little Store” on your left, you will take the next left onto River Canyon Road. There may not be a road sign here. Travel on this road for several windy miles (30-45 minutes depending on your pace) – always keeping the river on your left.
After about 4 miles on River Canyon Road, you will come to the Trust's Pot Point Cabin on your left. A parking area will be on your right. Stop here to take in the view of the river from this beautiful spot or hike our self-guided nature trail (a 4.1 mile strenuous loop). Hikers are welcome at any time, although fall through spring is the nicest time to hike the trail. Be careful insects and wildlife during the summer months.
Shortly after the cabin, River Canyon Road becomes Mullins Cove Road. Continue about 15 miles until you get to E. Valley Road (TN-27), located just beyond Ebeneezer Presbyterian Church. Turn left. Follow TN-27 South and cross Highway 41. Stay straight until you come to I-24. Take I-24 East towards Chattanooga.
Alternatively, for a more scenic drive, follow TN-27 South and turn left onto Highway 41 South towards Chattanooga. If you have extra time, turn right off of Highway 41 South onto Raccoon Mountain Road to take a detour to TVA’s Pumped Storage Facility at Raccoon Mountain. It is a site to behold, and there are great views of Chattanooga and the River Gorge from several of the scenic overlooks. You could easily leave an hour or two to drive around this impressive compound and get a number of pictures of the Gorge.
Approximately 2 miles after the Pumped Storage Facility, you will come to I-24. You can either go west toward Nashville or east toward downtown Chattanooga.