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  • RT Distance:

    5.8 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    50 Feet

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From the trailhead at Signal Point, you'll take in sweeping views of the Tennessee River straightaway before heading around to Edwards Point for more views of the Tennessee River Gorge, Middle Creek Gorge, and Chattanooga Valley.

The Signal Point to Edwards Points trail serves as the southernmost leg of the Cumberland Trail, winding through part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. From the initial Signal Point overlook, the path descends into Middle Creek Gorge, passes through the Rainbow Lake Wilderness Area, then enters Prentice Cooper State Forest and Wildlife Management Area.

The sweeping views of the Tennessee River Gorge are bountiful and the trail, just under 6 miles, is good for hikers of all ages. The path passes by the gorgeous Rainbow Lake, over the infamous Swinging Bridge, and past many interesting rock formations, keeping the trail interesting throughout. The path is skinny but away from the edge and the elevation gain is minimal throughout. The toughest uphill is found at the set of wooden stairs at the beginning and end of the hike, leading back to Signal Point Park and the parking lot.

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My friends ended up staying at the waterfall and setting up hammocks. I kept trekking on to finish and see the overlook. Worth it! It's a beautiful overlook and not as busy as I expected it to be.

7 months ago
7 months ago

Came to Chat for a weekend and it rained everyday but the last. We were able to get on the trail which wasn't too wet. I'd recommend starting earlier, seemed like as we hiked back to Signal Point a lot more people had started the trail. It's a beautiful view at the end. Did feel a bit longer than what the app reads, but could have just been a lack of perception.

8 months ago
8 months ago

It was an awesome hike found a lil swimming hole with a waterfall!!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

This is a very nice hike. You start out with amazing views of the Tennessee River and the canyon below. The 1st part of the hike is a nice easy walk. But it begins to turn a little more difficult as you hike in past the first few dozen blazes. Make sure to keep a solid footing in some places as you are on the side of a mountain with a sheer drop. That doesn't last very long and your back to a good pace. There are nice places to stop and take in the woods and views. As you decent you notice a change in foliage and animal life. At the bottom of the gulf there is a nice, easy flowing, shallow stream. Around you can find nice naturally rounded stones. Also there is a small slate wall to hang out and eat some trail food. You'll need the break for the long hike ahead that ventures across the stream and ascends up a sister mountain to the top. With another amazing, if more so in some ways view of the canyon. There are nice open woods, more closed off private trails and sheer cliffs on this hike. Have fun, be prepared, and leave nothing but foot prints behind.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

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