Trail Area

Enterprise South Nature Park

About This Area

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Enterprise South Nature Park is a network of trails located just minutes off I-75 north of Chattanooga. Most of the trails here have small elevation gain, and trails range from.5  mile to 3 miles. Vehicle access is limited within the park, so be sure to grab a map from the visitor center at the entrance to the park, or any of the trailhead kiosks, and make sure you park in the right lot for your desired trail, as all roads are one way!

Trails along the outer loops of the park are mountain biking trails that alternate use days to help limit impact. All other trails are used by hikers, trail runners, and dog walkers, except for the Hercules trail, which is a kid-friendly bike path located near the center of the park.

Recommended routes for small kids: The Hidden Lake Trail makes a 1.5 mile out-and-back to a small lake with porch swings, and a copse of trees that make for great pretend play. To make a 3 mile loop, combine the Poe Run Overlook (purple), Deer Hollow Trail (pink), and Hidden Lake Trail (green). This will still allow you to see the lake, while offering a longer route with more elevation gain, and a short pass through a beautiful pine forest.

While there is not much water other than the lake, during periods of heavy rain the trails can be very muddy.

There are old ammunition bunkers scattered throughout the entire park that are numbered. Most of them are closed, but some have grated windows that kids can shout into for a really awesome echo effect.

Area Features

Rangers Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Nearby convenience store No
Trash Disposal No

Trail Area Highlights

The lake at this park is definitely a branch favorite. Because it can be accessed in short trails that are easy for little legs, the lake is a good ending destination and snack spot. Kids always love the two large porch swings overlooking the lake! There are also picnic tables here, and pit toilets.

There is a wildlife viewing platform located near the park exit, part of the park’s rehabitation efforts.

Trail Contributor

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I am the Branch Ambassador for Hike It Baby Chattanooga. A native of Richmond, VA, I spent most of my adolescence and early adulthood hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and once my children were born started taking them on adventures with me! I am a portrait photographer and freelance writer, trying to hike my way through all the trails southeastern Tennessee has to offer.