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Explore Lula Lake Land Trust

Lookout Mountain, Georgia

4.3/5
based on 6 reviews

Details

Distance

3.4 miles

Elevation Gain

459 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Clare Healy

This is a land trust with over 6 miles of trails, 2 breathtaking waterfalls, and a small lake, all on Lookout Mountain, just 30 minutes from downtown Chattanooga.

Lula Lake Land Trust may only be accessible on the first and last Saturday of every month, but a visit to this North Georgia park is well worth planning for. It offers a small, but beautiful lake, a large waterfall, and over 6 miles of trails for hiking or biking. The 1-mile level gravel road from the parking area to the falls and lake is the easiest path, but exploring the web of forest trails does not disappoint. Middle Trail tends to be the most popular at a quick 1.7 miles to the lake and Upper Falls, then less than .5 mile stroll to the larger Lower Falls, but there are a handful that you could easily explore within a few hours. Grab a map at the check-in desk in the parking lot and wander on.

Because Rock Creek is a high mountain stream, the flow of the falls is dependent on recent rainfall. For this reason, Autumn seemed to be an ideal time to visit the trust, but don't let lack of rainfall deter you from visiting. Because the trust is located near the top of Lookout Mountain, the vistas and other geological features make Lula Lake a beautiful place to visit year round.

Winter operation is from December through April, and Open Gate Days occur on the first and last Saturday of each month; exact dates are listed online here. Saturday hours are 9:00 AM ET - 3:30 PM ET. All visitors must exit the property by 5:00 PM ET. Reservations are booked in advance on a first-come, first-served basis. Cancellations and refunds can occur anytime up to 48 hours prior to the Open Gate Day event. A wait list will be established should cancellations take place. There will be a $15.00 per car Conservation Use Fee for the reservation, and 100% of the proceeds go back into the preservation of Lula Lake. One reservation equals one parking space—buses, passenger vans, and extra-large vehicles will not be permitted due to capacity restrictions. 

The entrance to the land trust is located at 5000 Lula Lake Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750.

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Features

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
ADA Accessible

Reviews

Not worth to pay for

Several pretty trails on the side of the TN mountains to traverse here, right outside Chattanooga. The falls are gorgeous - try to go earlier in the day to avoid crowds.

Drove the 2 hours from Atlanta to Lula Lake Land Trust and it was very well worth the drive! I was blown away by its beauty and lack of huge crowds.

There are many draws: blue green waters, cool rocks, choice of trails- clearly marked, many small falls...and the magnificent waterfall literally takes your breath away. Call before you haul- make sure you check the open gate days. Parking is free, but please leave a donation!

All I can say is wow. The main waterfall here is hands down the best in Georgia, and I would put it against any I have seen in Tennessee and North Carolina as well. I would estimate the total drop to be about 120 feet. Although the main waterfall is clearly the star of the show, the trails are very well made and well marked and most of them are within a stones throw of the creek, which is beautiful as well. When I went, the water had a beautiful emerald color to it that looked so inviting to swim in, although swimming is not allowed. I know I labeled this as the best waterfall in Georgia, but it is also my favorite single place in Georgia (and I have only been once!). Definitely planning on going back soon.

Easily one of the prettiest spots in Chatt. You gotta go.

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