Pot Point Loop

A lesser-visited loop in Prentice Cooper State Forest with plenty of views along the way.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
18 km
Ascent
548 m
Descent
548 m
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
429 m
High Point
563 m
Gradient
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Pot Point Loop Map

Description

Pot Point Loop is one of two popular hiking routes in Prentice Cooper State Forest—Mullens Cove Loop being the other. Both loops combined make up 33.8 miles of the Cumberland Trail and can be paired together for an overnight trip.

The loop begins at the parking area for Snoopers Rock Overlook. Just a short walk in you're rewarded with an incredibly beautiful overlook of the Chattanooga River. Being close to the parking lot, this is a common destination for a short walk or a great place to enjoy lunch at the end of your hike.

Hiked clockwise, the trail hugs elevation contours as it follows the curve of the Chattanooga River below. Along the way, you'll pass over Natural Bridge, a landmark with a unique traverse over a rock that is "about 25 feet high and 35 feet wide," according to cumberlandtrail.org. Pot Point lies ahead before the trail turns west.

Accessible by a short spur, Raccoon Mountain Overlook lies along the southern stretch of the route and provides some partial views to the river below. This is also an excellent opportunity to enjoy a secluded lunch away from the frequently visited Snoopers Rock.

The southwestern corner of the loop passes Gulf Camp, one of the best opportunities to turn this into an overnight trip. Crossing Tower Drive, you'll pass a trail kiosk before meandering to the Ransom Hollow Overlook. Another short spur leads to another overlook with partial views to the west.

The loop finishes by sharing a short stretch of trail with the Mullens Cove Loop as you return to the parking lot. Camping is available at Hemlock Branch, just west of where the loops join back together.

Sources: https://www.cumberlandtrail.org/maps-and-guides/trail-segments/tn-river-gorge/pot-point-loop/

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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