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National Take A Hike Day - Community Hike at Lula Lake

November 17, 2023 | 2:00 PM

In honor of National Take a Hike Day, we’re partnering with Lula Lake to offer a 6-mile community hike on their beautiful property. This donation based event is an opportunity to experience Lula Lake without the crowds + learn about the newly opened River to Clouds Route. Proceeds benefit Lula’s mission and conservation efforts. The 6 mile hike is rated intermediate and moderately strenuous and will last about 3 hours, showing the best of Lula Lake’s core preserve – including the waterfall. Reservations are required and space is limited. Best suited for ages 10+ with a participating adult. National Take a Hike Day is celebrated annually on November 17 by the American Hiking Society. Click the button below to get signed up for this local hiking experience with local experts

What is the River to Clouds Route? The River to Clouds Route (RCR) is a long distance, multi-use route that traverses Lookout Mountain. Approximately 36-miles in length, the route begins at Cloudland Canyon State Park near Rising Fawn, Georgia and follows the mountain north to the base of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, where it connects to the Tennessee Riverwalk and Chattanooga’s extensive trail systems. This multi-use route is open to mountain bikes and pedestrians, consisting of both single and double track trails. The route will challenge the most seasoned adventure cyclists, runners, and hikers. Users can expect to encounter rocky technical sections, scenic overlooks, tumbling mountain streams, waterfalls, hidden hollers, unique rock formations, abandoned mines, and several historical sites.

This route includes passing thru Lula Lake’s Moonshine Trail and Core Preserve trail systems. While there is no permit required to recreate on LLLT’s Moonshine Trail network portion of this long-distance trail, a permit IS required to pass thru LLLT’s Core Preserve propertyPermits are $5 for ONE PERSON for ONE DAY ONLY. Each user MUST obtain a permit to utilize this section of trail. Permit users must stay on the RCR (which does NOT include access to LLLT’s lake and waterfalls).  

We highly recommend this adventure on your next visit to Chattanooga. If you’re looking to arrange a one way shuttle or need help navigating any section of this route, we are available to assist. Route Maps are available here