Lula Lake Land Trust
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,
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.
apparently numerous trails covering the property, and a new
trail connecting the Lula Lake property to
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
Fern photo credit- BigstockPhoto.com
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
The Richardson Tribe
Amicalola Falls State Park
Beaches of South Walton.
Cataloochee Ski Area
Cedar Creek Park
Charlestown State Park
Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Cherry Hill Park
Chester Frost Park
Choccolocco Mountain Off Road Park
Cloudmont Ski and Golf
Consolidated Gold Mine
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
Desoto State Park
Doll Mountain Campground
Enota Mountain Retreat
Etowah Indian Mounds
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Florala State Park
Franklin D Roosevelt State Park
Fort Mountain State Park
Georgia Mountain Fairground
Georgia Veterans State Park
Gold n Gem Grubbin'
James H Floyd State park
James Island Park
Jellystone Park- Cave City, KY
John Tanner Park
Lake Sidney Lanier
Little River Canyon Center
Live Oak Landing
Lula Lake Land Trust
Mammoth Cave National Park
Moto Mountain Powersports
New Echota - Cherokee Capitol
Noccalula Falls Park details and pictures
Old Stone Fort Archaeology State Park
Pine Moutain RV
Red Top Mountain State Park
Ridge Ferry Park
Rocky Mountain Recreation Area
Rock Town - Pigeon Mountain
Salt Springs Recreation Area
Stone Mountain Park
Tannehill State Park
Tellus Science Museum
The Southern Museum
Topsail Hill Preserve
Up The Creek RV Camp - Park Details - Pictures
US Space and Rocket Center - Details and Pictures
Vogel State Park
Wild Animal Safari
World of Coke
Zoo Atlanta - Details and Pictures
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.
There is no campground at Lula
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.
Many miles of hiking and biking.
Many miles of hiking and biking.
Geocaching is available in the area, but we didn't have a chance.
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.
Wow - Let's see... Lookout Mountain, Rock
City, Ruby Falls,
Canyon State Park, Chattanooga, Chattanooga Choo Choo,
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.
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