Raccoon Mountain is made up of several trails that circle the TVA Raccoon Mountain pumped storage facility. The trails present a variety of riding environments that can be best described as intermediate and advanced. Select trails are fairly smooth without much elevation change and can be considered beginner-friendly; however, this type of trial only makes up approximately 10% of the entire system.
Hours: sunrise to sunset
Where is Raccoon Mountain?
Raccoon Mountain is located approximately 15 minutes west of downtown Chattanooga.
Directions from downtown:
- I-24 East to Exit 175.
- R on to Browns Ferry Road
- L on to Elder Mountain Road
- R on to TVA Access Road
Parking is available at either the East Overlook parking lot or Laurel Point. See the trail map below.
Laurel Point Amenities:
- Immediate access to Electric Avenue 2, Laurel Point and River Gorge trails
- Bike wash and repair stands
- Ample parking
- Picnic area
East Overlook Amenities:
- Immediate access to Electric Avenue 1 and East Rim trials.
History of the Raccoon Mountain Trail System
On July 17, 2005, SORBA Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) entered into a land management agreement allowing SORBA Chattanooga to build and maintain mountain bike accessible trails at the TVA Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Facility. Phase I of the project, completed in 2007, resulted in the construction of approximately 20 miles of trail on the top of the mountain. This trail system has already achieved great praise and was not only featured in a national publication, Bike Magazine, but also resulted in SORBA Chattanooga winning the National Partnership Award from American Trails in 2010. Construction on the second phase of the Raccoon Mountain trail system has recently begun, and once completed will add an additional 9 miles of trail to the existing trail system. In addition to the singletrack trail that has been constructed at this location SORBA Chattanooga has also agreed to partner with the TVA to construct a world class pump track, which will create a completely new draw to the Laurel Point area at Raccoon Mountain and further enhance the existing amenities at the recreation area. The partnership between the TVA and SORBA Chattanooga is considered the benchmark within the Tennessee Valley Authority and is often cited as the ideal private/non-profit partnership within the organization. In pursuit of these features at Raccoon Mountain SORBA Chattanooga has contributed over 2000 volunteer hours.