Ep. 161: Lookout Mountain | Georgia Tennessee Alabama RV travel camping hiking kayaking

Avatar admin | July 29, 2020

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Lookout Mountain lies partially in all three states: Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee, rising to nearly 2,400 feet above sea level. It's a broad, steep-sided flat-topped mountain reaching north to the doorstep of Chattanooga, and is home to tourist attractions including the caves of Ruby Falls, the heavily advertised "City of Rocks", an incline railway, Civil War points of interest, and a hang-gliding school, along with Cloudland Canyon State Park.

In this episode we'll camp at the East Rim Campground in the State Park, hike the Waterfalls Trail which descends a 40-degree slope via a 600-step staircase to reach Cherokee Falls and Hemlock Falls, hike a portion of the five-mile West Rim Loop Trail with the family of Tom Bradshaw of the YouTube channel CampTravelExplore, move to the Marion County Park campground on Nickajack Lake and do some kayaking, and venture into Ruby Falls Cave to see if their 140-foot underground waterfall is worth the price of admission. Meanwhile, the Bradshaws check out nearby DeSoto Falls, just across the state line in Alababa's DeSoto State Park.


  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:54 Cloudland Canyon/Hiking the Waterfalls Trail
  • 5:23 Hiking the West Rim Trail with CampTravelExplore
  • 9:44 Cloudland Canyon State Park - East Rim Campground
  • 11:12 Marion County Park Campground 14:01 Kayaking Nickajack Lake
  • 16:18 Ruby Falls
  • 18:44 DeSoto Falls
  • 19:05 The Dyrt PRO
  • 21:32 Wrap-up



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