Overview
The Lula Lake Land Trust is a privately owned 4,000 acre preserve on Lookout Mountain in Northwest Georgia. Lookout Mountain is a massive, cave riddled, and heavily forested limestone ridge that stretches from North Alabama to Tennessee. Lula Lake is very near the town of Lookout Mountain, Georgia and a good many entertaining attractions typically associated with Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Lula Lake Land Trust has a lot to offer a family with energetic children. Its natural beauty and outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, wildlife watching, and fossil hunting make this a memorable destination. Oddly, the land is open to the public only on the first and last Saturdays of each month. Just show-up, sign-in, and enjoy. If you want to make arrangements for a group field trip, you can contact the land manager to request special arrangements.

The property was the home to the Durham coal mine around the turn of the 20th century, and the mine's tailings have tons of fern fossils. The part of the property that contains the mine tailings is not typically open to the public, but the Land Manager told us arrangements could be made for small groups to visit the site.

There are apparently numerous trails covering the property, and a new trail connecting the Lula Lake property to Cloudland Canyon State Park is being cleared for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The main trail we walked on is an rail bed for the train that carried coal off the property. It's a really interesting walk along Rock Creek. Lula Lake itself is little more than a pool in the creek that accumulates just before a small waterfall, but the view from the old renovated Iron bridge is quite nice. Further down the trail is another larger waterfall, and the climb down to the base and back out makes for some pretty good exercise.

While in the area, consider visiting the tourist attractions like Ruby Falls, Rock City, and the Inclined Railway. All these attractions overlook Chattanooga and its awesome Tennessee Aquarium, Tennessee River, Chattanooga Choo Choo, and a really neat little zoo.

Fern photo credit- BigstockPhoto.com


Adventure Journal
Entry Date: November 2008
This is a place that I wanted to visit for a long time, but I had a hard time coordinating a visit because of their odd gate schedule. On this particular day, a high school geology club and the Rome, Georgia Mineral Society were at the land trust searching for fossils. Unfortunately, The Tribe was unable to participate in the fossil hunt, but we'll come back again soon. We did have a nice little hike to Lula Lake and Lula Falls just beyond. I climbed down to the base of the falls and took some pictures, then I complained a lot about sore legs after climbing back out. We saw a snake and some other critters too, but not nearly as many as we saw on Sunday at the Chattanooga Zoo.  

The Richardson Tribe 

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Features

Rating (1-10)

Description

Official website 7 I realize that it may not be in the trust's goal to promote the property for public use. Maybe that's why the website is so vague and outdated. I'm sure it is done by a volunteer, and it's really not bad. It could just be better.
Campground

8

There is no campground at Lula Lake, but Cloudland Canyon is nearby. In fact, they are building a (very long) trail that connects the park with the property. There is also a KOA in the town of Lookout Mountain, GA.
Hiking 10 Many miles of hiking and biking.
Biking (Mountain)

10

Many miles of hiking and biking.
Geocaching

*

Geocaching is available in the area, but we didn't have a chance.
Rockhounding,
Fossil Hunting

9

Lula Lake is located at the site of the old Durham coal mine. We haven't had the opportunity to experience a dig there, but we understand the fern fossils found in the mine tailings are awesome. The website often announces opportunities to visit this part of the preserve.
Local Attractions

10

Wow - Let's see... Lookout Mountain, Rock City, Ruby Falls, Cloudland Canyon State Park, Chattanooga, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chickamauga Battlefield, Chattanooga Zoo, Chattanooga Nature Center, Harrison Bay State Park, Chester Frost Park, Incline Railway, Tennessee Aquarium, Tennessee River, Mentone, Alabama, Sequoia Caverns, Lake Winnepesaukah, and much more.
*Note: We rate only the amenities we have personally reviewed.

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