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Chattanooga, TN: Snow Falls

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Distance: 10.8 miles


Head to 2,259-acre Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness to hike a stout 10.8-mile out-and-back along Richland Creek. Your rewards: Big views at Buzzard Point and Dunn Overlook, plus 35-foot Snow Falls.
  • Snow Falls
  • Entrance to Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness
  • Parking Lot
  • Dirt Road
  • Kudzu Jungle
  • Coke Ovens
  • Brick-Lined Coke Oven
  • Trailhead Kiosk
  • Second Bridge Crossing
  • Entrance to the Richland Mine
  • Bridge Supports
  • Spring
  • Bridge Crossing
  • Trail Junction
  • Trail Junction
  • Nearing Henderson Creek
  • Bridge over Henderson Creek
  • Rift in Rock
  • Dirt Road
  • Clearing
  • Trail Junction

This moderate, 10.8-mile dayhike in Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness traces a section of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail and visits Snow Falls, a 35-foot waterfall that tumbles down rocky ledges into a narrow gorge. Begin the hike with a 0.8-mile out-and-back that follows a dirt road to one of the area's lesser-known features: coke ovens from the coal mining era.

After visiting the coke ovens, return to the parking lot and hike north along a former rail line that parallels Richland Creek. After 2.5 miles, cross a steel bridge over Laurel Creek, then turn left at a T-junction, heading north. (The trail on the right leads to Laurel Falls, which is not included in this map.) From here, the route drops to Henderson Creek, then ascends the walls of the gorge on a series of switchbacks.

At the top of the climb, turn left for a side trip to Buzzard Point (mile 4.6) before continuing north another mile to Dunn Overlook. Past Dunn Overlook, follow the trail 0.6 mile to the top of Snow Falls. Spend some time at this picturesque waterfall, then turn around and retrace your path to the parking lot.

MORE INFO: Laurel-Snow State Natural Area

-Mapped by Kelly Stewart, Nashville Hiking Meetup

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