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Moonshine Trails

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

10.7 mile 17.3 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 958' 292 m
Descent: -957' -292 m
High: 1,974' 602 m
Low: 1,397' 426 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

Dogs

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Trail shared by Nate Oster

A fast downhill tour of Lookout Mountain from Covenant College to Lula Lake Road, and back again.

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Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

No parking is available at the Lula Lake Rd. trailhead—violators will be towed. The adjoining Lula Lake Land Trust is also mostly closed to further riding, except on the first and last weekends of each month.

Overview

The Chattanooga Connector Trail (CCT) is a 4.1-mile trail that links multiple trail systems, including Cloudland Canyon State Park, the Cloudland Connector Trail, Five Points, Lula Lake, National Park Service trails and the Tennessee Riverwalk. Additional trails branch off from the CCT to form the Moonshine Trails.

These trails offer fast descents, rock bridges, boulders and even a few man-made features that incorporate the use of the natural formations of the land. It's named for the Prohibition-era moonshiners who used the area to hide stills.

Need to Know

There are several areas where riders should watch for broken glass bottles—the power lines crossing, and two crossings at a private road.

Description

The trailhead begins near the Covenant College practice fields, just south of the main campus off of Scenic Highway—on South Campus Rd. Head to the parking area beyond the fields to pick up the trail on the right at the power lines. Unfortunately, there's no parking on Lula Lake Rd., which means what goes downhill must come back up to finish.

You begin the journey on the college's old cross-country trails, which are doubletrack. After about a mile, riders reach the CCT, which is a more than three-mile descent to Lula Lake Rd. Partway down this trail, White Lightning trail (1.5 miles) forks to the left and it lives up to its name—it's a fast, smooth descent with some tight switchbacks and rock features incorporated into the trail. White Lightning reconnects with the CCT for a smooth jaunt to Lula Lake Rd.

Riding the CCT back toward the start, riders encounter Firewater (2 miles), which provides creek crossings over natural wood bridges. There are some very tight (too tight?) switchbacks on Firewater, so watch your speed. Bathtub Gin (0.5 miles) is an alternate trail off of Firewater that offers a short, intense experience with rock gardens and boulders.

At the end of Firewater, riders rejoin the CCT for the steady climb (at some points fairly steep) back to the top.

History & Background

Prohibition-era moonshiners used the area to hide stills, hence the trail names.

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We need help with the following missing trail information:

Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

Contacts

Land Manager: Lula Lake Land Trust

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Sep 9, 2019
Brian Gallagher
Jan 7, 2019
Schandra Loveless
First assault on the Moonshine Trails. Fast, fun and furious! 8.4mi
Jan 6, 2019
Ross Keasler
First time over the handle bars. Had a nice tuck a roll. Found awesome camping spot on CCT. Only way back is up. 8mi
Oct 8, 2018
Scott M
Sep 28, 2018
Chris Wadsworth
All of moonshine 10.7mi
Jul 13, 2018
Austin Martin
10.7mi

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The trailhead
Sep 20, 2017 near Chattan…, GA
Lula Lake Rd Trailhead.
Sep 21, 2017 near Chattan…, GA
Powerline crossing on the CCT.
Sep 13, 2017 near Chattan…, GA

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