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.

Pack List

• Water

• Snacks

• Camera

• Layers if hiking in Autumn or Winter

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RT Distance 5.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 50 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Lake
River
Scenic

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Long but worth it

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.

Weekend trip

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.

Neat Waterfall

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


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