Best Fall Hikes near Chattanooga

Best Fall Hikes near Chattanooga - Crown FIAT

5 Best Fall Hikes near Chattanooga, TN

Serving Chattanooga, Cleveland, Red Bank, Hixson, TN

Chattanooga has laid claim to the nickname, the Outdoor City. There are so many adventures just minutes from downtown by car. As the fall leaves change, it's time to hit the trail. There are many to choose from. Here are a few of the best fall hikes near Chattanooga.


Lula Lake Trust

Although it's only available to the public on the first and last Saturdays of the month, the Lula Lake Trust offers a wide variety of hikes. You can keep it light with just a 1.25 mile route or go for six miles. In addition to the changing leaves, you can bask in the beauty of Lula Falls. From downtown, take Broad into St. Elmo. Then take Highway 58 up Lookout Mountain. You'll turn left on Lula Lake Road.

Lookout Mountain

If you can tackle a tough trail, there's the 10-mile Big Daddy Loop across the western face of Lookout Mountain. This walk encompasses seven trails and starts at the historical Craven's House, accessible via the same Highway 58. If you attempt the entire route, you'll definitely be tackling tough uphill travel.

Cloudland Canyon

If you take I-24 west to I-59 south, you'll find beautiful Cloudland Canyon near the Trenton, GA, exit. Although the canyon loop is a 5-mile hike, it isn't too strenuous. You'll have spectacular views of autumn colors. If you want to see the falls, you'll hike straight down, taking 600 steep stairs to the bottom. Although two miles round-trip, it's absolutely worth the view.

Signal Point

If you can handle a strenuous six-mile roundtrip, head to Signal Point. You'll head down the Mouse Trap stairs leading eventually to the Julia Falls Overlook. Next up, there's a swinging bridge. In between, you'll have lots of challenging terrain, whether headed up or down. At the end of the 2.9-mile hike, you'll find Edward's Point and a great view of Chattanooga. You'll need to catch your breath because you'll be doing the hike again backwards, so to speak.

Possum Creek

If you take I-27 north to Highway 111 west, you can hit the Cumberland Trail. The Possum Creek section is a challenging 9.5-mile hike. If you don't want to use one of the convenient wilderness camps, you will need to leave a car at the other end to do it in one day. In the first four miles from the Heiss Mountain Trailhead, this strenuous hike includes 1,000 feet of elevation change.


Before you head for the hills, make sure your car is ready to go. Visit the service department at Crown FIAT of Chattanooga for an oil change and all of your vehicle maintenance needs. Our dealership is close to many of these great hiking locations. Take a sporty FIAT 500c for a test drive through the mountains or one of our other FIAT models.

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