Chattanooga, TN

Lookout Mountain & Battlefield Trails

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Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park preserves historic battlefields from the Civil War in over 10,000 acres of open space in the Chattanooga area. Chickamauga Battlefield, located 10 miles south of downtown, feautures 50 miles of trail. Lookout Mountain Battlefield, close to downtown, has 30 miles of mainly wooded trails. Note: We don’t recommend running on the Scenic Highway – there’s no shoulder.  TRAIL MAP

Some of the best options for running:

From Eagles Nest: Easier running is on the Cravens Terrace Trail. It’s 2 miles one-way (can’t do a full loop). Another good option is the 1 mile along the Old Wauhatchie Pike, which passes by Camp Ross and Mystery Falls. We also like running on the Battlefield Walk & Bike Trail. In fact a good longer run would be do combine Cravens Terrace with Battlefield Walk & Bike Trail, using Cravens Terrace Rd. as a short connector.

From Point Park. Take the incline railway off St. Elmo Ave. to Point Park and enjoy trails near the 2,100-foot summit. After enjoying the great views, good options for running are the Battlefield Walk & Bike Trail, or the more rugged Mountain Beautiful and Bluff Trails.

Guild Trail. Google Street View

Another good option is the 1.8 mile Guild Trail. Start at Ruby Falls or the Guild Trailhead off Ochs Hwy. It’s part trail, part paved road (very little traffic).

Essentials
  • Depends on trail chosen
  • Some trails are more flat, but generally the area is hilly
  • Can start at Eagles Nest, Ruby Falls, or at top of Incline Railway
  • Eagles Nest is off Old Wahautchie Pike. Incline Railway bottom station is off Ochs Hwy.