Raccoon Mountain Multi-use Trail

Check out a tour of Raccoon Mountain Reservoir and the surrounding mountain biking trails on this episode of Tennessee Valley Uncharted!



The 28-mile multi-use trail system encircles a 528-acre reservoir supporting TVA's Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage generating plant. Located on public lands managed by TVA, the trails have become a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers from around the region. The trails offer beautiful vistas and traverse through mixed hardwood forests and grasslands. 

The Raccoon Mountain trail system includes trails for novices and experts. Multiple mountain biking and trail running events occur on weekends during the spring, summer and fall months. Events have included the Southeast Regional Championships with more than 300 racers and the Scenic City Trail Marathon with more than 200 runners. The trails have been recognized in two national mountain bike publications, "Bike Magazine" and "Mountain Bike Magazine."

The trail was made possible by collaborative efforts with TVA; the Chattanooga chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA);  the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program; Outdoor Chattanooga; the Bikes Belong Coalition; and an extensive network of volunteers.

For more information visit TVA's trails webpage

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Latitude: 35.04471 Longitude: -85.41724 Elevation: 1576 ft


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Trail Distance

28.3 miles total

Eco-Friendly Notes

TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet.

How to Get There

To visit the trail, take the Browns Ferry exit off of I-24 and follow the signs to Raccoon Mountain. While you’re at Raccoon Mountain, be sure to stop by TVA’s visitor center and see exhibits on how the pumped-storage plant inside the mountain operates.



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