New trail will link Tennessee Riverwalk to Cloudland Canyon State Park

The Chickamauga Dam and Cloudland Canyon State Park are just 2.9 miles of new trail away from being connected for ambitious hikers and mountain bikers.

Lula Lake Land Trust crews are planning to begin work in January, 2017 on the Chattanooga Connector Trail that will link the land trust to Covenant College and provide the missing stretch in a network of trails between the Tennessee Riverwalk and Cloudland Canyon, a popular Georgia state park.

The connector trail will be a key link in Lookout Mountain’s trail network, which is part of the developing Great Eastern Trail that eventually will connect New York to the Gulf Coast.

Cyclists and hikers now can take the 13-mile Riverwalk from the Chickamauga Dam to St. Elmo, travel up Lookout Mountain on the Guild-Hardy trail and then take a National Park Service trail to Covenant College.

The new trail, projected to be completed in July, will connect Covenant to the Lula Lake Land Trust. From there, travelers can take existing trails to the Cloudland Connector Trail leading into the state park.

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