Ritchie Hollow Trail 


The trail will be CLOSED for Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area hunts on these dates: Sep. 21-27, Oct. 3-5, Oct. 19-20, Oct. 24-26, Nov. 1-3, Nov. 23-28

About the Trail-

The Ritchie Hollow Trail is moderately strenuous and 2.7 miles one way (5.4 miles round trip), with over 1,200 feet of elevation gain. The trail passes a beautiful 30-foot waterfall called Blowing Wind Falls. The unique trail meanders through a mature hardwood forest and passes many historic moonshine stills. It is one of only a few trails that connect the Tennessee River with the Cumberland Trail system at the top of the mountain (more specifically, the Pot Point Loop Trail). You can also get further information about the trail through Roots Rated.

Blowing Wind Falls by Audrey Nord

Blowing Wind Falls by Audrey Nord

The Trust wants to give the Chattanooga community more access to the beautiful lands in the River Gorge. By connecting more people to the outdoors, we can then build the capacity for community conservation. To understand the importance of conserving our wild lands you must first get to know them.

The Ritchie Hollow Trail was built with local partnerships. We built the trail, but it is on Prentice Cooper State Forest. We are able to build trails on their land because of a Memorandum of Understanding we have with them. We received grant funding from Rock/Creek, the Riverview Foundation, and the Benwood Foundation to hire the Southeast Conservation Corps to build the most technical sections of the trail. We built the rest of the trail with volunteers from the community including Rock/Creek, the Chattanooga Hiking Club, and TVA

To access the trail, park at the gravel parking lot across from the Pot Point Cabin at 17805 River Canyon Rd, Chattanooga, TN, 37405 and access the trailhead just above the parking lot. Click here for a full trail map.







Chattanooga TN shop Rock/Creek Outfitters and prAna teamed up with the Tennessee River Gorge Trust to build the new Ritchie Hollow Trail which connects the Tennessee River with the Cumberland Trail system. This film is from a new series on Rock/Creek’s partnerships with regional nonprofits.

Dir/DPs Josh Fowler and Andrew Kornylak

Edit by Andrew Kornylak


At TRGT, we want our community to get outside on the trails. That is why we create and maintain public trails while also partnering with other organizations to improve access to trail systems in the Tennessee River Gorge. To help us continue this important work, please consider donating below.

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