Snooper's Rock via Indian Rockhouse Prentice Cooper State Forest, TN
miles
LENGTH 6.2 MILES
DIFFICULTY 7.2 Easy
Medium
DURATION 2-4 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
1050
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Snooper's Rock via Indian Rockhouse

Enjoy 180° views of the Tennessee River Gorge via Snooper's Rock on this 6.2 mile hike. With such a close proximity to Chattanooga, Prentice Cooper State Forest can be crowded on nice weekends, and for good reason. This interesting trail passes several large rock formations while enjoying winter views of the river.

From the trailhead at the Cumberland Trail Parking Lot, cross Tower Drive that you drove in on, heading east. The trail travels gently downhill, crossing a dirt road at a third of a mile in. At half a mile in, 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.

Turn right along the Cumberland Trail, heading south. You'll make a few short steep ascents, but nothing too strenuous. Several points along the way will grant winter views of the Tennessee River, but will completely disappear in summer. Other than a minor split and immediate rejoin, the trail has no intersections until you arrive a Snooper's Rock.

At 3.1 miles the trail comes to a t-intersection. If you look to the left you'll see Snooper's Rock overlook. With vast views of the Tennessee River Gorge, Snooper's Rock is one of the best views in the area. Be warned, however, there is a much shorter hike from the Snooper's Rock trailhead making this a popular overlook on nice weekends.

If you still have some hiking left in the tank, continue on for a 9.3 mile hike along the Mullens Cove Loop. Otherwise, turn around and 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 %
1.7 mi
163 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.9 mi
307 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.6 mi
350 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
0.2 mi
134 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0.1 mi
139 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
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Details
length6.2 miles
difficulty7.2 Easy-Medium
duration2 - 4 hours
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite
elevation gain1050 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.
Notes
Several creek crossings. If it's rained recently, the water will be flowing over the rocks used to cross. Otherwise, easy crossings.
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hikethesouth-2 months ago
Longer Route to Snooper's Rock
This is the longer route to Snooper's Rock, but it's such a good hike and not too difficult. Pass through Stone Door and Indian Rockhouse before arriving at Snooper's Rock. Enjoy winter views and a few easy creek crossings along the way.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Winter 2019
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