Glen Falls Near Lookout Mountain

November 28, 2010 in Tennessee Hiking Trails by amylaree

Creek to Glen Falls

Creek at Glen Falls

Friday we made our way to Chattanooga’s Glen Falls for a short post-Thanksgiving hike.  With our bellies still full from copious servings of smoked turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, this short, easy hike was just the thing to get us off the couch.

  1. Scenery:  3.0
  2. Difficulty:  1.0
  3. Length:  1.5 – 2.0  miles
  4. Dog Friendliness: 5.0
  5. Convenience:  1
  6. Bonus Funtimes: 4.0
Owen's ready to hike.

Owen’s ready to hike.

Scenery (3.0 out of 5.0):  Located on the side of Lookout Mountain, the hike to Glen Falls provides a nice escape into nature and is just a few minutes from long-established neighborhoods at the edge of Chattanooga.  A small boulder field appears about mid-way to the falls, complementing the forested area.  We first hiked this trail in July when the falls were dry, but with a few days of rain earlier in the week, the gentle falls were in full effect this Thanksgiving weekend.

Difficulty (1.0 out of 5.0):  Aside from the wet leaves that made the trail a bit slippery, this is an easy stroll through the woods.  We went with a group of about 8 — including an 8-year-old, 11-year-old and 9-month old.  It’s a nice hike for all ages and abilities.

Morris & Mayla & the Creek

Morris & Mayla take on the Creek

Length: 1.5 – 2.0 (not sure)

Dog Friendliness (5.0 out of 5.0):  Ezra stayed in Nashville this Thanksgiving, but Morris, Mayla and Shilo all seemed to give their K9 seal of approval.  The hike is very short and has a nice opportunity for the dogs to refresh themselves in the creek.

Convenience (1.0 out of 5.0):  If you’re in Chattanooga, this is a tremendously accessible trail, but for those of us based elsewhere, it ranks low the convenience factor.

Bonus Funtimes (4.0 out of 5.0):  This trail is just down the road from the tourist destinations on Lookout Mountain and provides easy access to all the good stuff Chattanooga has to offer.