Lookout Mountain Flight Park
|Glide to LZ||3.5:1|
|Coordinates||34.8569 N 85.44612 W|
|Wind Directions||Primarily NW (310 degrees), W to N can work|
|Restrictions||Top Landing forbidden.|
|Fees||Yearly $100 US|
|Contact||Lookout Mountain Flight Park -- 1.800.688.5637|
|Glide to LZ||4:1|
|Coordinates||34.89797 N 85.44492 W|
|Restrictions||Cliff Launch, must have headwind|
|Other|| This launch is just down the road from
the main LMFP launch ramp and is operated
|Coordinates||34.90327 N 85.46035 W|
|Wind Directions||Best in N, NE or S, SW|
|Dimensions||500' x 2500', long axis oriented roughly north to south|
|Other|| Large foothills lie just to the NW of the LZ.
These generate rotor below 500' AGL when-
Lookout Mountain's main launch is a large concrete ramp facing northwest. With over 20 miles of ridge running SW to NE.
To the SW is Cloudland Canyon State Park, and to the NE is the City of Chattanooga, the flight park is located about 6 miles NE from Cloudland Canyon.
The ridge is soarable in 5 to10 mph west to north winds. The ramp creates "ramp suck" on windy NW days that require 5 and sometimes 6 man wire crews. In light winds, 3 to 4 running steps and a low nose angle are all that is needed.
During light cycles on tailing days, the mountain is launchable with a hard run. On SW days, there is a hole created by a rotor from the pro shop building and trees to the left of launch. This hole causes gliders to drop low after launch; a good launch requires a low nose angle.
The ramp is huge, there is room for 6 man wire crews. The setup area can handle about 25 gliders.
The LZ is 2600' x 1000' (about 48 acres), about one mile in front of launch. On strong NW days there are strong rotors caused by the foothills. Also the LZ can be very turbulent during mid day conditions. The LZ provides a large and safe landing area with plenty of smooth grass.
Lookout Mountain Flight Park (hanglide.com), or LMFP, is primarily a hang gliding school and business. They have instructors on site, training hills, a large landing zone, 2 mountain launch points, an aerotow operation with several ultralights, glider storage, equipment shop and sew shop. Facilities include rental cabins, community bunkhouse, showers, camping, pool, and volleyball courts. The mountain launch points are adjacent to a busy scenic route, so one can expect moderate crowds of onlookers on weekends.
Directions To Site
Most visitors come to the site via Chattanooga, it is up to the reader to get themselves there or look at a map and figure their own way based on the directions given here.
Driving Directions from Chattanooga to the Flight Park Office
Note: It takes 40 minutes to get to Lookout Mountain Flight Park from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Take I-24 West to I-59 South, Exit 167 Follow I-59 south for about 7 miles to Exit 11, Trenton Turn left at the end of the exit ramp Follow "Directions from Highway" from this point
Directions From Birmingham
Get on I-59 and head north towards Chattanooga After entering Georgia get off at Exit 11 (Trenton) Turn right at end of exit ramp Follow "Directions from Highway" from this point
Directions From Nashville
Take I-24 East towards Chattanooga Take Exit 167 to get on I-59 South Follow I-59 South for 8 miles Get off at Exit 11 (Trenton) Turn left at the end of the exit ramp Follow "Directions from Highway" from this point
Directions From Highway Continue straight for 1/4 mile until you reach the light in front of the Ingles grocery store Turn right onto Hwy 11 Drive 1/10 mile and turn left at the next light onto Route 136 Drive 1 mile and turn left onto Piney Road Drive 4.7 miles on Piney Road to the top and turn right at the stop sign onto Route 189 The Flight Park Office is 1/2 mile on the right
The Landing Zone
The Landing Zone is located on Creek Road off of Piney Road Turn left on Creek Road and the first entrance to the landing zone is 1 1/2 miles on the right. (Do not take the first entrance unless you are camping under the trees near the creek.) Continue driving north around the landing zone and you will find the entrance to The Landing bunkhouse, cabins and RV park on the right. Turn right here and the building on your right is the hanger for Lookout's Tandem program.
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