John Wilson Memorial Park

John Wilson Memorial Park

John Wilson Memorial Park

These steps once led to a home of Big Rock Court Owner Ed Light.

Wauhatchie Pike Greenway

The Wauhatchie Pike Greenway above Wilson Park.

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John Wilson Memorial Park

Once home to the "Super Water Slide" and a motel known for gambling called the "Big Rock Court," John Wilson Memorial Park now acknowledges a more uplifting history, that of volunteers and philanthropists working together to preserve, restore, and protect an important and historic gateway to Lookout Mountain. Once covered in old tires and kudzu, the site is now meticulously maintained by a crew of dedicated volunteers. The author of this guide is proud to say that he has fond memories of hot days spend clearing brush, spraying kudzu, and a particularly memorable afternoon spend toppling a 30 foot tall flagpole that once stood on top of the "big rock."

For more on the history and preservation of this stie, see Memories of the Lookout Mountain Land Trust by John Wilson. A longtime journalist, author, historian, and one of the founders of the The Chattanoogan online newspaper, John Wilson is still very much involved in worthy endeavors for Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain.

Start Your Hike

From the parking lot at John Wilson Park, stroll past the picnic shelters towards the rear of the property opposite Cummings Highway and follow the wide curving path uphill. This is the easiest route the pathways and the Wauhatchie Pike Greenway above.


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