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    Update on Aetna Mountain Road access

    Some of you may know about Aetna Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. We rode up there in 2009 i think and had a blast. Well they have been having issues with access to the mountain for years, i think since the early 2000s. The road in was developed into a subdivision and the owners were trying to get access to the mountain shut down. A Judge had ruled that it was a PUBLIC road, but the city was still having off duty police officers patrol it and block some people from going up the mountain.

    well Recently there was a ruling from a judge in Chattanooga, and the patrolling has been ordered to be stopped. So the road is back open....for now.

    9-28-11
    A long-running dispute over access to Aetna Mountain Road in Lookout Valley was revived at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

    Jeff Perlaky said a judge ruled a number of years ago that the old dirt road is a public road.

    But he said he has not been able to reach his property on the mountain recently, saying it has been blocked by off-duty city police officers.

    He said Sgt. Rick Mincey resides at Cummings Cove and "told me to find an alternate route to my land."

    Mr. Perlaky said, "It seems like he has a conflict of interest."

    City Attorney Mike McMahan told Mr. Perlaky he and police official Jeannie Snyder would meet with him after the meeting.

    Owners of Cummings Cove are planning a major development on land atop the mountain and a new road is being built up the mountain in place of the old one.

    Cummings Cove owners say many people go up the old road and destroy private property.
    City Police Directed To Stop Off-Duty Work At Aetna Mountain Road
    posted October 7, 2011

    Chattanooga Police officers have been directed to no longer work off duty in patrolling Aetna Mountain Road in Lookout Valley.

    Chief Bobby Dodd said in a memo: "CPD will stop the extra job at the Aetna Mtn/Black Creek Subdivision based on a recent court order and legal advice from the city attorney. This is in reference to the blocking of the Aetna Mtn access road."

    Jeff Perlaky, who owns property at the top of the mountain above the Cummings Cove subdivision, told City Council members recently that officers had been blocking the road.

    He said he was told by Sgt. Rick Mincey to take an alternate route up the mountain.

    Mr. Perlaky said a judge ruled several years ago that the old road is a public road.



    After the meeting, Mr. Perlaky met with City Attorney Mike McMahan and with police official Jeannie Snyder.
    --Brooks

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    need to plan a trip up there soon

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    yep....I love chattenooga.....When you guys want to go? and i can make it a work trip :) Lets make it happen!

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    6 hours from columbia...
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    I've never been up there. I suggest riding the road soon while it is open. There is a good chance that once an alternate route is in place if it access all private property the 'old road' might be abandoned.
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    If they do shut down the subdivision access you can still access the mountain from the werock side. But you have to be a member. I think last time I checked it was $200 a year.
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    I have never really understood the Aetna Mountain thing. Is it privately owned, as in the entire mountain? Or are there others who own land on the mountain? If so, sounds like with the on-going battle it could lead to trouble...I would love to hit it up next year when my new ride is ready but am always a little leary of places like this. Don't want to be "that guy" and get a place closed by being in the wrong spot and especially don't want any fines associated with it.

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    Yeah...If its not legal, Im out....But if if it is public land, and the road is the trail, then I am in...

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    its like Lucas RD in Cartersville GA.. Locals been going there for years.. but its powerline roads owned by GA Power.. They said its legal to ride there til GP decides to call the cops and get your rig impounded.
    I heard Aetna is like that.. its legal til you get caught lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellow rubicon View Post
    its like Lucas RD in Cartersville GA.. Locals been going there for years.. but its powerline roads owned by GA Power.. They said its legal to ride there til GP decides to call the cops and get your rig impounded.
    I heard Aetna is like that.. its legal til you get caught lol
    thats not the case, as the cops at aetna mountain patrol the entrances and trails. If they were going to arrest people they would.
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