Big changes are coming to the Lula Lake core-preserve. That’s the property with the emerald green mountain lake known as “Lula Lake” and the 120 foot “Lula Falls”. When we first began Open Gate Days attendance was low, around 50-100 people per day on a busy day. The past two open gate days have seen crowds of 1050 and 900 respectively, leading us to the conclusion that, collectively we are loving Lula Lake to death – all over again.  People are recreating in ways that we never expected. There are minor user conflicts. And would you believe, traffic!  As a result, we are building a dedicated parking facility that will hold only 100 cars. Once the spaces are filled, folks will be directed to a local partner where they can hike, picnic, etc. The board and staff of Lula Lake Land Trust is committed to maintaining the core preserve as a model of restoration and conservation and we trust that this move will result in a better user experience, but it will take time to adjust. We welcome your suggestions as we roll out the changes and ask that you understand that the preservation of the property is our chief concern. In the meantime, please enjoy and appreciate Lula Lake with these helpful reminders.

  • Lula Lake’s Core Preserve is located at 5000 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain Georgia 30750
  • Open Gate Days to the general public are on the first and last Saturdays of the month from December through April and then first and last weekends from May through November
  • Hours of operation: 9:00a.m.- 4:00p.m. on Saturdays
  • 12:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. on Sundays
  • The entrance gate is closed between 3:45pm and 4:00pm. If the gate is closed earlier, we are over capacity and you will need to come back another time
  • All visitors must check in at the kiosk before hiking
  • All visitors are expected to be leaving the property promptly by 5:00pm out of respect for volunteers and staff
  • Picnicking is allowed in three primary areas, near the footbridge in the parking area, at the lake, and on the bluff – grills are available
  • There is no swimming in Lula Lake at any time and please refrain from swimming dogs
  • Please do not attempt to visit the base of the waterfall after 4:30pm – you will not make the 5:00pm closing time
  • There is no parking on Lula Lake Road at any time – citations will be issued
  • At present we recommend a $2.00 per person donation. This will change to a conservation fee of $10.00 per car in mid 2018
  • Cloudland Connector Trail users may not pass through Lula Lake in route to the Nickajack Trailhead at any time
  • Lula Lake is NOT open to the public at any other time
  • Thank you for treating Lula Lake with respect


2 Comments » for Planning a visit to Lula Lake? Here’s what you need to know.
  1. Nancy Ferrell says:

    How do you become one of the 100 people to get to see the falls. Can you make reservations?

    • Adelaide Naumann says:

      Nancy, Thanks for you question. It will not be 100 people but 100 cars at any one time. The parking lot and this new system are a long way from implementation. As it stands you can come on one of our open gate days which are presently the first and last Saturdays of each month. 9am-4pm. In May we switch to First and Last weekends where the same hours apply to Saturday and Sunday is 12-4pm. You can call me or email anytime. Mike@lulalake.org or 706-820-0520

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