Snooper's Rock Prentice Cooper State Forest, TN
miles
LENGTH 0.7 MILES
DIFFICULTY 0.8 Easy
DURATION 30 minutes
ELEVATION GAIN
130
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Snooper's Rock

Snooper's Rock overlook provides expansive views of the Tennessee River Gorge and this less than a mile round-trip hike is the quickest route to enjoying it's beauty. And with this hike just outside of Chattanooga, it can be a little crowded on nice summer weekends.

From the parking off of Tower Drive, the trailhead is next to the info sign on the south side. You can also walk down the road next to the parking lot on the opposite side. Make a left, following the sign just after the trailhead. Stay to the left as you pass a couple trails connecting to the Pot Point Loop heading toward Natural Bridge.

The trail navigates to the right of the small OHV parking lot then just after you'll stay to the right at the intersection with the Mullens Cove Loop. At this point you should be able to see the opening for Snooper's Rock just ahead. Step out from under the trees to enjoy 180° views from a sunny rock outcropping. The Tennessee River passes by at a slow pace from this height. Once you've taken it all in, head back the way you came.

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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 %
448 ft
10 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.1 mi
49 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
463 ft
53 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
155 ft
24 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0 ft
0 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
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Details
length0.7 miles
difficulty0.8 Easy
duration30 minutes
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite
elevation gain130 ft.
state Tennessee 
park/forestPrentice Cooper State Forest
visitor infoState Forest Information
423-658-5551
hoursSunrise - Sunset
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 35.101692, -85.42911 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°6.1, W 85°25.75 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°6'06'', N 35°6'06'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
35.101692, -85.42911 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°6.1, W 85°25.75 most GPS units use this one
N 35°6'06'', N 35°6'06'' (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 left.
Parking Capacity
12-15 parking spots with overflow along road.
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5 (1)
hikethesouth-2 months ago
180-Degree Views on a Short Hike
This is the most direct route to Snooper's Rock. With amazing views, this is a great hike if you don't want any kind of challenge to get there. Great quick family hike.
Easy | Hiked Winter 2019
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