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Trails in the Gorge
To apply for a permit to camp at Pot Point or Williams Island Blueway Campsites, please fill out the form below at least one full business day before you plan to camp. You will be emailed a permit. Blueway directions to campsite are below the application. Please call 423.266.0314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org during normal business hours with any questions.
***Fire restrictions have been lifted as of 12/15/16, but please be aware of the dry conditions and don't leave your campfire unattended.
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 U.S. 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 is no road sign here. Travel on this road for many windy miles (30-45 minutes depending on your pace) – always keeping the river on your left. You can stop at Pot Point Cabin, which is located 4 miles down River Canyon Road on your left. Take in the view of the river from this beautiful spot. The Tennessee River Gorge Trust owns the cabin. As long as it is not rented, you are welcome to park and take a look around. There is also a self-guided nature trail located on this site (the trail head is located by the parking area across the street from the cabin). Hikers are welcome at any time, although fall through spring is the nicest time to hike the trail. During the summer months, be careful of the many chiggers and ticks.
Shortly after the cabin, Suck Creek Road becomes Mullins Cove Road. Continue app. 15 miles until you get to E. Valley Road (State 27). There is no road sign for E. Valley Road, but it is located just beyond Ebeneezer Presbyterian Church. Turn left.
Follow E. Valley Road until you come to Highway 41. Cross Highway 41 and stay straight ahead until you come to I-24. Go under the interstate and turn left. Then take I-24 East. Once you cross Nickajack Lake, you can either remain on the I-24 and follow the signs to Chattanooga, or exit onto Highway 41 (Haletown). If you take Highway 41, turn left at the top of the exit ramp and remain on Highway 41 for the scenic route. Travel 15-20 minutes and (if you have time) 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.
Approx. 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.