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Blue Loop

Intermediate
 3.8 (6)

Easy loop hike near downtown Chattanooga.


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Map Key

3.5

Miles

5.7

KM

Loop

961' 293 m

High

778' 237 m

Low

494' 150 m

Up

492' 150 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

Overview

The Stringer Ridge Blue Loop is a directional hike made up of the Hill City, Gig City and Double J trails. Follow the blue blazes on Hill City and Double J. Gig City is blue and red blazed.

This loop is multi-use for pedestrians and mountain bikers. Bikers and pedestrians generally travel in opposite directions, directional signs are posted at the start of each trail. The direction changes by day of week.

Need to Know

There are two bathrooms and a water fountain at the Spears Ave trailhead, which automatically lock at dusk. There is a release button inside the bathroom.

Description

The trails are singletrack, mainly dirt with some rock and roots. Downed trees are removed from the trail. Dogs are allowed, tend to be mainly off leash.

The trail is very easy to follow, there are two main intersections, the first on Double J and Gig City, the second at Gig City and Hill City. Cherokee Trail is a brown blaze that cuts between these trails and is crossed at each intersection. There are a few climbs with switchbacks and blind corners for bikers. Nice plateaus between the uphill sections. The trail is mainly shaded with a few pockets of sun.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of vegetation, including English ivy, poison ivy, large and small tulip poplar trees, sassafras, amur honeysuckle, wild ferns and much more. Small mammals like squirrels and chipmunks. Lots of birds in the trees such as red-bellied woodpecker, Carolina chickadee, and eastern towhee.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kate Miller with improvements by Gypsy Joshua

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  3.8 from 6 votes

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Just a cool looking part of the trail on a rainy day.
Sep 19, 2021 near Chattan…, TN
Lots of large tulip poplar trees along this trail.
Sep 19, 2021 near Chattan…, TN
Beginning of the Blue Loop trail. The ground is hard-packed clay and rocks most of the way.
Sep 19, 2021 near Chattan…, TN
You'll find wild ferns in the more shaded wet sections of the trail.
Sep 19, 2021 near Chattan…, TN
This invasive plant is Amur Honeysuckle. It produces leaves earlier and drops them later, which prevents sunlight from reaching native plants, and it's also allelopathic (produces biochemicals that prevent other plans from growing nearby).
Sep 19, 2021 near Chattan…, TN
The Blue Loop is a combination of other trails. Simply follow the blue blazes and you'll be on the right path.
Sep 19, 2021 near Chattan…, TN

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Sep 19, 2021
Gypsy Joshua
it was sprinkling when I started and flooding when I ended. it honestly was one of my favorite hikes because of the elements. I witnessed two trees…
Sep 12, 2020
Missy De Lap