• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    459 Feet

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall

This is a land trust with over 6 miles of trails, 2 breathtaking waterfalls, and a small lake, all on Lookout Mountain, just 30 minutes from downtown Chattanooga.

Lula Lake Land Trust may only be accessible on the first and last Saturday of every month, but a visit to this North Georgia park is well worth planning for. It offers a small, but beautiful lake, a large waterfall, and over 6 miles of trails for hiking or biking. The 1-mile level gravel road from the parking area to the falls and lake is the easiest path, but exploring the web of forest trails does not disappoint. Middle Trail tends to be the most popular at a quick 1.7 miles to the lake and Upper Falls, then less than .5 mile stroll to the larger Lower Falls, but there are a handful that you could easily explore within a few hours. Grab a map at the check-in desk in the parking lot and wander on.

Because Rock Creek is a high mountain stream, the flow of the falls is dependent on recent rainfall. For this reason, Autumn seemed to be an ideal time to visit the trust, but don't let lack of rainfall deter you from visiting. Because the trust is located near the top of Lookout Mountain, the vistas and other geological features make Lula Lake an beautiful place to visit year round.

Open Gate Days (First and last Saturdays of each month, 9 am to 5 pm) are free of charge, but donations are encouraged to help support the land trust's ability to keep the property available to the public. The entrance to the land trust is located at 5000 Lula Lake Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Lunch or snack
  • Water
  • Rain jacket
  • Donation (optional)
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Drove the 2 hours from Atlanta to Lula Lake Land Trust and it was very well worth the drive! I was blown away by its beauty and lack of huge crowds.

7 months ago
7 months ago

There are many draws: blue green waters, cool rocks, choice of trails- clearly marked, many small falls...and the magnificent waterfall literally takes your breath away. Call before you haul- make sure you check the open gate days. Parking is free, but please leave a donation!

10 months ago
10 months ago

All I can say is wow. The main waterfall here is hands down the best in Georgia, and I would put it against any I have seen in Tennessee and North Carolina as well. I would estimate the total drop to be about 120 feet. Although the main waterfall is clearly the star of the show, the trails are very well made and well marked and most of them are within a stones throw of the creek, which is beautiful as well. When I went, the water had a beautiful emerald color to it that looked so inviting to swim in, although swimming is not allowed. I know I labeled this as the best waterfall in Georgia, but it is also my favorite single place in Georgia (and I have only been once!). Definitely planning on going back soon.

11 months ago
11 months ago

Easily one of the prettiest spots in Chatt. You gotta go.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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