Access to the new park did not seem easy to me but I finally received some good advice from a coworker to turn on Bell Street off Cherokee Boulevard right next to a well known local eatery called "Nikki's" and right before the tunnel that leads into Red Bank, Tennessee. That made it pretty easy to find.
There is an old gravel-asphalt road that is heavily weathered that runs through the middle of the park and provides access to an overlook of Chattanooga and numerous trails that have been constructed for both hiking and mountain biking. The road is gated off and not open to vehicular traffic.
|The Trust for Public Land was instrumental in preserving the range of hills as park land.|
|Fall colors are just starting to show in Chattanooga. This is looking almost directly down Chestnut Street.|
|Focused on my workplace, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the complex of brick and glass buildings on the hill in the center of the photo. The large mountain on the right is Lookout Mountain.|
|The overlook is attractive and equipped with benches.|
|You can see the trails are nicely improved. The complex directional signs are on the left, indicating if you are entering a one-way the wrong way depending on the day of the week.|
|There are some steps like this on several trails. Looks like they were built by Abraham Lincoln. Heavy duty!|
The terrain of the park is typical Appalachian Ridge and Valley in character based upon my recent experience hiking and mountain biking area trails. I say this to differentiate it from nearby Cumberland Plateau and Blue Ridge Mountains trail. Although it's not apparent in the photo above, the soil is almost a natural gravel and should wear well under heavy traffic and still be quite usable even right after a rain. I was taking a break from my bicycle today but I'll be back to mountain bike the trails soon and I'm looking forward to it. Looks like some good quality trail, and it's about a 5 minute drive from work. Unfortunately there is currently no reasonably safe way to ride a bike over from work during rush hour or I would just ride, if for no other reason than to avoid parking my car in a neighborhood known for crime. That and the fact that it's really "urban" in character will likely mean I will visit it only occasionally, but still, it's a nice local option and I'm glad to see the land preserved as a park.