Guild-Hardy Trail

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The Guild-Hardy Trail is a beautiful excursion on southern Tennessee's Lookout Mountain, only a few minutes from Chattanooga and the state's border with Georgia. It follows the route of the former Chattanooga & Lookout Mountain Railway, completed in 1889, and passes over two train trestles.

From St. Elmo, at the foot of the mountain's eastern side, the rail-trail winds up the forested slope for a gentle climb of more than 1,000 feet. Along the way, you'll encounter Civil War relics, such as battleground markers and old cannons, and pass the historical Cravens House. Natural beauty includes the stunning Ruby Falls, a 145-foot-high underground waterfall, and views of the Chattanooga and Tennessee Rivers below. You might even spot bighorn sheep.



Parking and Trail Access

The Guild-Hardy Trail offers four trailheads:

    • Ochs Highway parking lot
    • Ruby Falls parking lot (1720 South Scenic Highway)
    • Cravens House parking lot (Cravens Terrace at Shingle Road)
    • Scenic Highway pull-off


Don't use the Ochs Highway parking lot!

   June, 2016 by wgpatrick89

I parked in the Guild Hardy trailhead parking lot just off of Ochs Highway on 6/23/16 at about 10am. I noticed broken glass in the parking lot & a hand written sign taped to the trailhead that said something about recent break ins. I didn't give it too more

Great trail on a warm winters day

   March, 2015 by explodie

Started at ochs Highway and went to the top,also did the truck trail that is an off shoot of the guild hardy,which was the best part IMHO. Anyway, out and back totals about 17 miles or so if you include the truck trail read more

A Little Rocky But A Nice Trail

   October, 2013 by rmheethyahoo

Before riding the Trail, I stopped at the Park Service office at Point Park. The ranger told me that, if I wanted to start at the top of the trail, I would have to start at the Craven House. The trail above that point was closed due to a fallen boulder. more