22 private acres spanning the bottom valley all the way to the top of Sand Mountain and is only 20 minutes from Chattanooga. As you ascend Sand Mountain, the vegetation thins revealing spectacular views of Lookout Mountain especially in the fall & winter months after the leaves have fallen. At the very top of the property are 30+ ft high cliffs with a few caves. G
22 private acres spanning the bottom valley all the way to the top of Sand Mountain and is only 20 minutes from Chattanooga. As you ascend Sand Mountain, the vegetation thins revealing spectacular views of Lookout Mountain especially in the fall & winter months after the leaves have fallen. At the very top of the property are 30+ ft high cliffs with a few caves. Guided hikes to the cliffs & caves are available free upon request. If you enjoy bush craft, there is plenty of downed material for you to build a lean-to, tee-pee, or structure of choice. Trees range from poplar to multiple species of oak. Natural wildlife include deer, wild turkeys, scorpions, and ticks. You're welcome to bring fluffy, as we've never seen any predators, but we have reports of foxes on the property & other predators could be around. A lost animal on the mountain could be near impossible to find. We have 2 male cats. Unfortunately, the weather forecast can't be relied upon. We've had sunny days that have been forecasted to rain and un-predicted downpours. It can be raining at the top or the bottom of the mountain but not at the campsites in the middle.This site has been cleared of vegetation and is fairly flat with a fire ring already made. It's about a 10 minute steep walk from a place where gear can be dropped off.
When it rains, we have running water in the form of small streams and waterfalls. Otherwise we have rain water for showering & cleaning at the gear drop off point. It has been lightly treated. There is also a spring at Murphy's Hollow (off the Slygo exit) that produces fresh, cold, and free water year round. We have a shower & tub with hot water that you can use at the gear drop off point. If that is further away from your campsite than you like, we can provide a black solar heated shower bags for an outdoor shower that will need to be returned. Water may not be available during the summer and droughts. Please use only bio-degradable soaps & pack out your trash. Recycling is available. Fires prohibited except in fire rings where brush has been cleared 1 ft away and after fire safety talk at check in. Any dead wood on the ground may be burned. There will be a fire safety talk upon arrival. Please don't start a forest fire. A tripod camping grill can be provided upon request but will need to be returned. You can use the bathroom anywhere, but we can also provide a portable camping potty. This place is perfect if you are looking for a digital detox! While we are within range for cellular service, there is no wifi unless you bring it and don't expect electricity.
Parking is limited. Do everyone a favor and combine vehicles. There is room for 4 cars at the bottom of our land but there shouldn't be any problem parking on the street. There is a steep unpaved, rocky dirt road that goes up 1/3 of the mountain behind a gate. If you have 4 wheel drive, we can unlock the gate when you arrive and you can park up there. There is room for 2 vehicles there. 4 wheel drive should also be used in the lower parking area if it is wet. Near the bottom it looks easy but it gets much steeper & rockier as you go up. If you are in a sedan you will not be driving up the road. There are big rocks and you WILL hit the bottom of your vehicle against them. We will not be held accountable for vehicle damage. If you are in a sedan we can pick you & your equipment up at the bottom & drive you up the road.
We are a few exits down the highway from the TN river where you can fish, paddle, & swim. There is also fishing in the lake inside the Cloudland Canyon State Park, which is less than 5 miles away. 8 miles away, on top of Lookout Mountain is a famous hang gliding school so you can mark that off your bucket list. Bouldering and rock climbing can be done on Lookout & Signal Mountain if you have your own gear and if not there is a famous gym in Chattanooga. Please do not climb our cliffs, we have not tested their structural integrity, will not provide climbing gear, and will not be held accountable for injuries. While you're welcome to mountain bike on our land, we have no developed trails for it. If you want trails, we recommend going to the next mountain over, Racoon Mountain. The Racoon Mountain TVA has trails maintained by SORBA. Speaking of Racoon Mountain, there is a cave system in it much more extensive than ours. There are multiple routes and tour options including wilder cave "spelunking" that are available for a fee. There is also a wild cave to spelunk inside Cloudland Canyon. Russel Cave is nearby too. Please no hunting or rock climbing on this property.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
We have no trails but there are trails at the TVA facility on Raccoon mountain.
Our favorite put in spot is at the base of the TVA Faciiity on Racoon Mountain. Search for 'Racoon Mountain River Trailhead".
The cleanest fish are probably in the lake inside Cloudland Canyon State Park atop Lookout Mountain.
There are hiking trails inside Cludland Canyon, on Signal Moutain, on Lookout Mountain, and at this campsite (Sand Mountain).
Our favorite put in spot is at the base of the TVA Faciiity on Racoon Mountain. Search for 'Racoon Mountain River Trailhead' on...Read more
Hang gliding on the nearby Lookout Mountain.
If you have gear there's climbing on Lookout Mountain & Signal Mountain. If not, there's a fairly famous climbing gym in Chatta...Read more
At the beach at the Nickajack Wildlife refuge. The easiest way to access the waterfalls inside Cloudland Canyon is to park at t...Read more
You can white water raft on the Ocoee river, 1 hour north east. There are often Groupons for 20$/person.
This is a birdwatchers paradise. In addition to cardinals, blue birds, and yellow buntings, it is not uncommon to see hawks and...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Secluded Grove in Georgia.
A few small caves at the top of the property. Spelunking can be done with the professional outfitters inside Cloudland Canyon s...Read more
Our land is heavily forested with multiple species of oak and hardwoods.
Much of our land is 45 degrees with several flatter ridges and natural terracing.
Places to see near Forest at Sand Mountain
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