Raccoon Mountain Trails

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Distance: 28.3 miles total
Coordinates: 35.045686 -85.415403
Amenities:

  • Bathroom
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Parking
Description:

Raccoon Mountain has over 28 miles of trails with about 6 miles being considered easy and the rest moderate to difficult. Even though all trails are open for foot traffic they are most often used by mountain bikers and trail runners, with both groups often holding competitions here. There are fantastic views from Raccoon Mountain, and which side you are on will determine what you see—it could be downtown Chattanooga, the Tennessee River Gorge or Lookout Mountain. Raccoon Mountain is located approximately 15 minutes west of downtown Chattanooga off I-24 (exit 175). Check this website for a map, trail descriptions and rules: www.sorbachattanooga.org.

Chunky Freeride Area

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 1 mile

East Rim

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1 mile

Electric Ave 2

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1.7 miles

Grindstone Ridge

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 1.7 miles

High Voltage

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 3.4 miles

Laurel Point

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 2.6 miles

Live Wire 2

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 3.1 miles

Lower Chunky

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 0.8 miles

Megawatt

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 2.6 miles

River Gorge

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 1.5 miles

Six Flags

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 0.5-mile loop

Split Rock

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 0.5 miles

Switch Yard

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reservoir: Nickajack
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1.5 miles

See also Live Wire 1 Trail and Small Intestine Trail.

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