Ritchie Hollow Trail

Located just 20 minutes from Chattanooga, the Ritchie Hollow Trail is a 2.7 mile one-way (5.4 miles round trip), moderately strenuous trail, with over 1,200 feet of elevation gain. The trail passes a beautiful 30-foot waterfall called Blowing Wind Falls. The unique trail meanders through a mature hardwood forest and passes many historic moonshine stills. It is one of only a few trails that connect the Tennessee River with the Cumberland Trail system at the top of the mountain (more specifically, the Pot Point Loop Trail).

Tennessee River Gorge Trust built the Ritchie Hollow Trail with support and funding from local organizations, and with a Memorandum of Understanding with Prentice Cooper State Forest because the trail resides on their property. Grant funding was received from Rock/Creek, the Riverview Foundation, and the Benwood Foundation to hire the Southeast Conservation Corps to build the most technical sections of the trail. TRGT built the rest of the trail with volunteers from the community including Rock/Creek, the Chattanooga Hiking Club, and TVA

To access the trail, park at the gravel parking lot across from the Pot Point Cabin at 17805 River Canyon Rd, Chattanooga, TN, 37405, and access the trailhead just above the parking lot. Click here for a full trail map.


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Hours and Cost

Open Daily: Sunrise to Sunset – Except during scheduled hunt dates with in the State Forest. (Typically on the weekends in April and October.) Please check the Prentice Cooper website before heading out. 

Cost: Free

Pet Friendly

Yes, on a leash


Tennessee River Gorge Trust
1214 Dartmouth Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Prentice Cooper State Forest
3998 Game Reserve Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 658-5551


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