Brothers eye Raccoon, Aetna Mountain for 'adventure' tourism district

photo Campers are seen Thursday at the Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Campground.

photo Jeff Perlaky shows the property at the Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Campground that he owns with his brother, Steven Perlaky. They have proposed expanding into 500 acres they own in Marion County, located near the crest of the mountain seen behind him.

A pair of local brothers sees an adventure destination in their 500 acres of Marion County land just west of the Lookout Valley community in Chattanooga.

The property - on what maps dub either Raccoon Mountain or Aetna Mountain - is crisscrossed with trails, filled with wildlife and offers vistas of the Tennessee River Gorge where hikers, bikers, nature watchers and off-roading enthusiasts could seek outdoor adventures within a 15-minute drive of downtown Chattanooga.