History and Nature Preserved
Well over 30 miles of hiking trails lead into the unique blend of natural and human history that is the northern end of Lookout Mountain. Walk into these woods, leaving the tourists and traffic behind, and you may find yourself gazing a hundred years into the past. Indians hunted and moved across on these slopes on ancient pathways. Settlers carved roads and cut timber; soldiers died in battle. The trails of Lookout lead to uncounted sites of historic interest, where tumbled stone walls and ruins shrouded in vines testify to the ambitions of men and the persistence of Nature. Walking through a landscape sculpted by thousands of years of wind and weather, one may be reminded that what we see is merely a snapshot, a single instant in the lifetime of a mountain.
Here, fifteen minutes from downtown Chattanooga, it is possible to step down a quiet pathway and see plants, trees, and flowers of almost every variety. To walk the trails of Lookout is to step outside the routines of modern life to see that we are part of a much more ancient, vast, and richer world.
1986 Trail Map
Common sense and a little care will make hiking on Lookout a safe and pleasant experience. Be watchful of children, particularly in the areas of high bluffs. Poison ivy covers many areas in the spring and summer...
For centuries, Lookout Mountain served as a hunting ground for the Indians who lived near it. With the coming of white settlers, many of the Cherokee adapted to his ways, building schools, stores, and churches. ...
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In 1988 Annie and I moved to one of the fancy duplexes on Shingle Road near the Cravens House. I could step out my door and be on a trail in under ten seconds, and many days, that's exactly what I did.