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Pot Point Cabin

Pot Point Cabin in the heart of the Tennessee River Gorge
Main meeting room.

The Pot Point Cabin is a beautifully restored cabin used by the Tennessee River Gorge Trust and its members as a meeting place and as a site for researchers as they work to document the environment of "Tennessee’s Grand Canyon."

This cabin is often called the "crown jewel" of the Gorge and is surrounded by 400 acres of pristine forest. This 1835-era log cabin was constructed of hand hewed logs and planks which were recycled from a flat boat that wrecked on the "Boiling Pot", an awesome rapid in the Tennessee River.

Pictures of the cabin can be viewed online at this link. 

For the outdoor enthusiast there is a 3.5-mile loop trail covering one mile of river frontage as well as 2.5-miles of forest land. Also located at the Pot Point property is a fully accessible boardwalk where one can experience a representative sample of the plants of the Gorge.  A map of the Pot Point Self-Guided Nature Trail can be found here. 

Lodging Style and Amenities

The cabin can accomodate 10 people overnight in two dorm-like rooms which are located on the second floor.  There are five twin beds in each room.  For staff retreats, 25-30 people is typically the upper limit.  For weddings and other social occasions, 75 people is the upper limit if an inside-outside format will be used for the event. 

The main meeting room of the cabin is where most functions take place.  This is a beautiful room with lots of natural lighting and views of the Tennessee River.  We have five 5 foot and six 6 foot tables, as well as 50 chairs which are available for use with the rental of the cabin.  There is a full kitchen with refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, coffee pot and dishwasher, as well as place settings for up to fifty people also available for use with the cabin. 

The equivalent of 2 1/2 baths is available, with one accessible bathroom available on the first floor.   

Season Open: Open all year. Recreational opportunities.

Rate Range: Please call 423.266.0314 or visit for rate information.

Driving Directions

17805 River Canyon Road  Chattanooga, TN  37402

From Downtown Chattanooga:

Take U.S. 27 North toward Signal Mountain. Take the Signal Mountain Exit U.S. 127 North. Proceed toward Signal Mountain.

At the base of Signal Mountain, at the intersection of U.S. 127 North and Highway 27 West, turn left onto Highway 27 (Suck Creek Road).

Proceed exactly 4 miles. Just beyond "The Little Store" on your left, you will cross a bridge over Suck Creek. At the end of the bridge, take a sharp left onto River Canyon Road which runs parallel to the river (the street sign is missing). If you begin going up the mountain after the Suck Creek bridge, you have missed your turn.

Proceed exactly 4 miles to the Pot Point Cabin. It is a two-story cabin on the left. You will see a large wooden sign on your right. Please drive up the gravel driveway on your immediate right then turn again into the parking lot. Parking is limited at the Pot Point Cabin.

 Eco-Friendly Notes

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust purchased the cabin and surrounding land in 1991 and renovations were underway by 1993. The original section of the cabin, the two main rooms on the lower level, the dog-trot, and the shell of the second level, were left untouched during the renovation. An extension of the lower level including a large meeting room, modern kitchen and handicap accessible restroom was added along with two decks which look out at the Tennessee River.

Today the cabin serves many purposes. Activities include: ongoing research projects with universities and local schools, faculty, board and church retreats, weddings, and special occasion gatherings. This is a very attractive aspect of the Pot Point Cabin because it can serve as a biological field station for one group and the perfect indoor/outdoor wedding setting for the next.

 Pet Friendly Notes
Leashed dogs are welcomed at the Pot Point Cabin.

For More Information, Contact:

Tennessee River Gorge Trust
535 Chestnut Street #214 , Chattanooga , TN 37402
423.266.0314 · fax 423.266.1841

Jonathan Francis wrote on February 01, 2015: it would be nice of you to tell the people who built the pot house since it was John Calvin Brown

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Latitude: 35.088591000
Longitude: -85.392780300
Elevation: 653 FT (199 M)
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