Lula Lake Land Trust & Cloudland Canyon State Park: Cloudland Connector Trail from Nick-a-Jack Road to High Point, Chattanooga Valley, Georgia
Lookout Mountain is a long linear mountain ridge that stretches roughly from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Gadsden, Alabama. Much of the ridge has a relatively constant elevation, and the highest point on Lookout Mountain is in Walker County, Georgia. Simply and appropriately named "High Point", this rise on Lookout Mountain is home to a row of sheer cliffs that provide breathtaking views east and south into Chattanooga Valley and towards Pigeon Mountain and Taylors Ridge. Thanks to the recent acquisition of various tracts of land atop Lookout Mountain by the Lula Lake Land Trust, access to High Point has now been secured, and the 14-mile Cloudland Connector Trail provides the perfect approach into the area. This hike occurred on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016. My plan was to hike the Cloudland Connector Trail from Nick-a-Jack Road to the High Point gated service road. From there, I would follow the closed road and then a short path to the summit of High Point and an excellent vista. I would return the same way.
Lula Lake Land Trust: Lula Falls/High Adventure Trail/Middle Road Trail Loop, Chattanooga Valley, Georgia
In a normal state park, or recreation area for that matter, you have a chance to visit it every day, whenever you want. In Lula Lake Land Trust, two days is how many days you have a chance to visit per month. Just two. Lula Lake Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that bought a small area of land of Lula Lake Road to protect Rock Creek and its watershed. Thank you for buying it. The area of land, while small, houses two waterfalls, a gorge, and a ridge with spectacular views. This is one of the best hikes in northwest Georgia, besides Cloudland Canyon State Park's trail system. The only major con is that much of the hike is on old roads, perhaps the only reason I won't classify it as a Best Hike. This hike occurred on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014. My plan was to hike down the Lula Lake Entrance Road from the parking area to the Old Railroad Grade Trail. From there, I would follow the Railroad Grade Trail past Lula Lake Falls to Lula Falls Trail. I would follow Lula Falls Trail to the base of the falls, and then return back and continue down the Old Railroad Grade Trail to the High Adventure Trail. From there, I would follow the High Adventure Trail to great views at the top of Eagle Cliff, and then take the Middle Road Trail down to the chestnut orchards. Next, from the Middle Road Trail, I would take the Turkey Trail to the Overbird Trail, the Overbird Trail back to the Middle Road Trail, and finally, the Middle Road Trail to the Middle Road Cutoff Trail, which would take me back to the parking area.
Year 1: 540.0 Miles
Year 2: 552.3 Miles
Year 3: 518.4 Miles
Year 4: 468.7 Miles