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Chattanooga earned the nickname “The Scenic City” for a reason. With towering mountains in view everywhere, and a river flowing through the city, Chattanooga seems like the perfect paradise for outdoor lovers and thrill seekers. This past Friday, one of the surrounding area’s most spectacular attractions, Cloudland Canyon State Park, unveiled nearly 60 miles worth of trails connecting the beloved park to Lula Lake.
The new trails, titled “Phase IV”, welcome hikers, bikers, horse riders, dog walkers and joggers to explore the wonders found within Lookout Mountain. One includes a brand new bridge crossing Bear Creek and they all feature breathtaking sights to delight nature lovers. Along with the main connecting trail, a variety of side trails branch off the main path to ensure that no two hikers share the same adventure.
With its only charge being an economically friendly parking pass, Cloudland Canyon State Park is an essential summer getaway. The park stays open all week, and if you can’t hike the entirety of the new trail in one day, bring your tent and camp out. Organizers of Phase IV encourage everyone to leave the electronics at home and reacquaint yourself with your inner tree hugger.
— Christopher Armstrong
Cloudland Canyon State Park
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd.,
Rising Fawn, Ga. (706) 657-4050