Indian Rockhouse Prentice Cooper State Forest, TN
miles
LENGTH 1.1 MILES
DIFFICULTY 1.3 Easy
DURATION 30 minutes
ELEVATION GAIN
200
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Indian Rockhouse

The area west of Highway 27 / Suck Creek Road will be closed to all visitors except hunters during much of April. For specific dates, refer to the Prentice Cooper State Forest Site.

Take a short and simple hike to this impressive rock formation in Prentice Cooper State Forest just outside of Chattanooga, TN. Pass through the tight Stone Door staircase between the rocks to the base of the Indian Rockhouse overhang. An easy outing good for families and doggos.

From the trailhead at the Cumberland Trail Parking Lot, cross Tower Drive heading east. The trail travels gently downhill, crossing a dirt road at a third of a mile in. Continuing on, the trail comes to the top of Indian Rockhouse at half a mile. Head down the Stone Door, a narrow stairway between the crack in the rocks. At the bottom you'll reach the base of the large rock overhang of Indian Rockhouse. This is also the intersection with the Cumberland trail in either direction.

If you want an longer hike, continue to the right for a 6.2 mile hike to Snooper's Rock and back or the 9.3 mile Mullens Cove Loop.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.2 mi
21 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.3 mi
86 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
194 ft
23 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
375 ft
57 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
93 ft
21 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
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Details
length1.1 miles
difficulty1.3 Easy
duration30 minutes
features Dog Friendly 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite
elevation gain200 ft.
state Tennessee 
park/forestPrentice Cooper State Forest
visitor infoState Forest Information
423-658-5551
hoursSunrise - Sunset
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 35.132707, -85.419153 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°7.96, W 85°25.15 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°7'58'', N 35°7'58'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
35.132707, -85.419153 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°7.96, W 85°25.15 most GPS units use this one
N 35°7'58'', N 35°7'58'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Tower Drive / Game Reserve Rd is a gravel road but fine for all vehicles. The parking lot is on the right.
Parking Capacity
18-20 parking spots with overflow along road.
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hikethesouth-1 week ago
This Hike Rocks (Sorry)
Indian Rockhouse is an interesting rock overhang that takes a narrow squeeze down the Stone Door staircase. If you're not looking for any views or want to pick off a couple easy hikes with this and the short route to Snooper's Rock just down the road, then this is for you.
Easy | Hiked Winter 2019
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