Outdoor Adventures

Did You Know?
Due to its world-class outdoors, Chattanooga hosts some of the most competitive races in the nation, including an open water swim called Swim the Suck, Stump Jump 50k trail race, Head of the Hooch rowing regatta, and of course, the famous IRONMAN races.

 



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Countless outdoor and travel magazines mention Chattanooga as a top destination for outdoor lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Men’s Journal named Chattanooga as the “South’s New Mountain Mecca” for its premier rock climbing activities. CNN Travel named the Riverwalk among the “World’s 10 Best City Running Trails,” and Runner’s World named Chattanooga among the most beautiful places to run in the world. Bicycling Magazine named Chattanooga #30 in the 50 best bike friendly cities of 2016. Smarter Travel and TripAdvisor named the Scenic City as “One of the Best Outdoor Towns” in America.

Parks and Greenways

Within an hour’s drive, Chattanooga offers six state parks with over 50,000 acres of beautiful outdoor areas. Booker T. Washington State Park, a 353-acre park, and Harrison Bay State Park, a 1,200-acre park, are both located on scenic Lake Chickamauga.  Located near Apison is Red Clay State Historic Park, with 263 acres of valleys, streams, and mountains.  On the western edge of Lookout Mountain is Cloudland Canyon State Park, a 3,500 acre park with miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.  Just a short drive from Chattanooga is the 25,000-acre Prentice Cooper State Forest, with 35 miles of hiking trails, camping areas, rock climbing, and more.  Crossing four Tennessee counties is South Cumberland State Park and 25,539 acres of the best hiking and backcountry camping in the region.

Chattanooga offers walking and biking paths throughout the city, including the popular Tennessee Riverwalk, which stretches 13 miles along the Tennessee River connecting parks and neighborhoods to downtown Chattanooga.  Other parks and greenways include the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway, the North Chickamauga Creek Greenway, Wolftever Creek, and Enterprise South Nature Park.

Hiking, Trail Running, Mountain Biking

Within fifteen minutes, Chattanoogans have access to 150 miles of trails. Trail runners and hikers can find a wide range of easy to strenuous trails. Several trails lead to beautiful waterfalls, including Falling Water Falls, Waterfall Trail in Cloudland Canyon, Glen Falls Trail, and Lula Lake Falls. Popular trails that overlook Chattanooga and the Tennessee River Gorge include the Bluff Trail, Cravens House Loop, West Rim Loop, and Julia Falls Overlook. Serious hikers can traverse the lengthy Cumberland Trail, which begins on Signal Mountain and connects two state parks and 11 Tennessee counties. Currently at 190 miles, the Cumberland Trail will be over 300 miles when it is fully completed.

Chattanooga offers over 100 miles of singletrack mountain biking trails, including Raccoon Mountain Trail Network, which is considered the best mountain biking trail in Tennessee.  The 5 Points 50, a 50-mile endurance mountain bike race, connects several of these trails and draws expert mountain bikers from around the Southeast.

Rock Climbing, Caving, Deep Water Soloing

For traditional rock climbers, there is Lookout Mountain’s highly sought-after Sunset Rock, along with the Tennessee Wall, which offers 600 different routes. One of the best boulder fields in the world, Stone Fort, or Little Rock City, is twenty-five minutes north of downtown. Little Rock City is internationally known for its sandstone bluffs that attract climbers from around the world for the annual Triple Crown Bouldering Competition.

Caving enthusiasts won’t run out of real estate to explore, as there are 7,000 caves surrounding Chattanooga, all within an hour’s drive from downtown. Ruby Falls, one of Chattanooga’s gems, is a 145-foot waterfall beneath the surface of Lookout Mountain. Racoon Mountain offers one of the 10 most popular cave systems in the country.

Nickajack Cave is a popular destination as it houses thousands of endangered gray bats during the summer months. Nickajack also provides a 50-foot limestone cliff over 60-foot deep water that is perfect for deep water soloing, a favorite among young adventure tourists.

Water and Air Adventures

Tennessee’s beloved river, that snakes through Chattanooga and cuts through the Cumberland Plateau, yields the fourth largest river gorge in the Eastern United States. The Tennessee Blueway, as this 50-mile section of the river is called, is easily accessible from boat launches located along the river. Residents and visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the Tennessee River Gorge by taking a cruise on the Tennessee Aquarium River Gorge Explorer. The river also draws residents who love to water ski, fish, and paddleboard.

Only an hour from Chattanooga, whitewater enthusiasts can visit the Ocoee River, a top U.S. destination for whitewater rafting. Avid fishermen are also drawn to the surrounding lakes and rivers contain some of the best variety of freshwater fish in the U.S. Chickamauga Lake has received national attention for bass fishing and drawn many visitors. For extreme adventurers, Lookout Mountain offers one of the top hang gliding spots and the largest full-time hang gliding school and resort in the country.

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Greenways/HikingTrails*

Audubon Acres, Elise Chapin Sanctuary
900 N. Sanctuary Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 892-1499
chattanoogaaudubon.org

Audubon Island, Maclellan Sanctuary
(423) 892-1499
chattanoogaaudubon.org

Audubon Mountain, David Gray Sanctuary
(423) 892-1499
chattanoogaaudubon.org

Big Soddy Creek Gulf Area
11721 Back Valley Rd.
Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379
(423) 332-5323
soddy-daisy.org/the-big-soddy-creek-gulf-the-gulf

Bonny Oaks Arboretum
6183 Adamson Circle
Chattanooga, TN 37416
(423) 842-8177
tnvacation.com/
vendors/the-bonny-oaks-arboretum

Chattanooga Riverpark
(423) 643-5961
hamiltontn.gov/tnriverpark
Chester Frost Park
2277 N. Gold

Point Circle
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 842-0177
hamiltontn.gov/ParkRec/Rules
Fees.aspx

Coolidge Park
150 River St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 425-6311
chattanoogafun.com/members/outdoors/coolidge-park/1271

Enterprise South Nature Park
190 Still Hollow Loop
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 893-3500
hamiltontn.gov/esnp

Lula Lake Land Trust
5000 Lula Lake Rd.
Lookout Mtn., GA
(706) 820-0520
lulalake.org

North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area
(423) 842-1163
northchick.org

Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center
400 Garden Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37419
(423) 821-1160
reflectionriding.org/

Renaissance Park
100 Manufacturers Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
chattanooga.gov/public-works/parks/directory-of-park-facilities

South Chickamauga Creek Greenway
(423) 425-6311
outdoorchattanooga.com/land/south-chickamauga-creek-greenway-running

Stringer’s Ridge
sorbachattanooga.org/stringers-ridge/
Wolftever Creek Greenway
Collegedale, TN 37363
collegedaletn.gov/index.aspx?NID=179

*Within an hour of the Chattanooga area

Popular Hiking Trails

Bee Branch Trail
Bluff Trail
Cravens House Loop
Cumberland Trail
Edward’s Point
Falling Water Falls
Fiery Gizzard Trail
Glen Falls Trail
Green Gorge Trail
Guild-Hardy Trail
Julia Falls Overlook
Little Cedar
Mountain Trail
Lula Lake Trails
Mabbit Spring Trail
Pot Point Trail
Rainbow Lake Trail
Stringers Ridge
Sunset Rock Trailhead
Table Rock Trail
Tennessee River Gorge Trail
West Rim Loop Trail
Waterfalls Trail

National Parks*

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
3370 Lafayette Rd.
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
(706) 866-9241
nps.gov/chch/index.htm

Moccasin Bend National Archeological District
1707 Moccasin Bend Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(706) 866-9241
moccassinbendpark.org

*Within an hour of the Chattanooga area

State Parks*

Booker T. Washington State Park
5801 Champion Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37416
(423) 894-4955
tnstateparks.com

Cloudland Canyon State Park
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd.
Rising Fawn, GA 30738
(706) 657-4050
gastateparks.org

Harrison Bay State Park
8411 Harrison Bay Rd.
Harrison, TN 37341
(423) 344-6214
tnstateparks.com

Prentice Cooper State Forest
3998 Game Reserve Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 658-5551
tn.gov/agriculture/article/ag-forests-sf-prentice-cooper

Red Clay State Historic Park
1140 Red Clay Park Rd.
Cleveland, TN 37311
(423) 478-0339
tnstateparks.com

South Cumberland State Park
11745 US 41
Monteagle, TN 37356
(931) 924-2980
tnstateparks.com

*Within an hour of the Chattanooga area

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Popular Mountain Biking Trails

Booker T. Washington State Park
Enterprise South Nature Park
Five Points
Guild Hardy – Upper Truck Trails
Harrison Bay State Park
Raccoon Mountain
Stringer’s Ridge
White Oak Mountain Biology Trail

AIR ADVENTURES

Chattanooga Balloon Company
(423) 443-7994
chattballoon.com

Chattanooga Skydiving Adventures
(855) 445-8973
chattanoogaskydive.com

Chattanooga Skydiving Company
300 Airport Rd.
Jasper, TN 37347
(855) 776-5867
855projump.com

Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding, Flight Park & Training Center
7201 Scenic Hwy.
Rising Fawn, GA 30738
(706) 398-9546
hanglide.com

Tennessee Tree Toppers
1570 Window Rock Rd.
Dunlap, TN 37327
(423) 949-6093
tennesseetreetoppers.org

Biking

Bike Chattanooga
(888) 925-4415
bikechattanooga.com

Chattanooga Bicycle Club
P.O. Box 11495
Chattanooga, TN  37401
chattanoogabicycleclub.com

Cycle Sport Concepts
516 E. Main St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 531-7623
csctenn.com

East Ridge Bicycles
5910 Ringgold Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37412
(423) 894-9122
eastridgebicycles.net

Electric Bike Specialists
45 E. Main St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 475-6569
electricbikespecialists.com

Owen Cyclery
1920 Northpoint Blvd.
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 875-6811
owencyclery.com

River City Bicycles
5864 Brainerd Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37411
(423) 265-7176
rivercitybikes.net

Scenic City Velo
P.O. Box 4155
Chattanooga, TN 37405
sceniccityvelo.com

Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA)
P.O. Box 5836
Chattanooga, TN 37406
sorbachattanooga.org

Suck Creek Cycle
321 Cherokee Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 266-8883
suckcreek.com

Caving

Chattanooga Grotto
chattanoogagrotto.org

Cumberland Caverns
1437 Cumberland Caverns Rd.
McMinnville, TN 37110
(931) 668-4396
cumberlandcaverns.com

The Lost Sea Adventure
140 Lost Sea Rd.
Sweetwater, TN 37874
(423) 337-6616
thelostsea.com

Raccoon Mountain Caverns
319 W. Hills Dr.
Chattanooga, TN 37419
(423) 821-9403
raccoonmountain.com

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Climbing

High Point Climbing and Fitness Downtown
219 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 602-ROCK (7625)
highpointclimbing.com

High Point Climbing and Fitness Riverside
1007 Appling St.
Chattanooga, TN 37406
(423) 475-6578
highpointclimbing.com

Southeastern Climbers Coalition
seclimbers.org

Tennessee Bouldering Authority
3804 St. Elmo Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37409
(423) 822-6800
tbagym.com

The Walnut Wall in Coolidge Park
150 River St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 643-6888

Fishing

Chattanooga Fishing Guides
391 Skip Ln.
Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379
(423) 593-7703
chattanoogafishingguides.com

Rocky Top Anglers
(865) 388-9802
rockytopanglers.com

Scenic City Fishing Charters, Inc.
(423) 509-4655
sceniccityfishing.com

Hiking / Backpacking

Chattanooga Hiking Club
chatthiking.com

Chattanooga Trekkers
chatt-trekkers.weebly.com

Cumberland Trail Conference
409 Thurman Ave., Ste. 102
Crossville, TN 38555
(931) 456-6259
cumberlandtrail.org

Georgia Trails
georgiatrails.com

Georgia Pinhoti Trail Association
pinhoti.info/joomla

Hiking Chattanooga
hikingchattanooga.com

Hike Lookout
hikelookout.org

Tennessee Trails Association
P.O. Box 41446
Nashville, TN 37204
(888) 445-3882
tennesseetrails.org

Segway

Chattanooga Segway Tours
204 Walnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 708-5051
chattanoogasegwaytours.com

Hunting

Chattanooga Rifle Club
5960 Hunter Rd.
Ooltewah, TN 37363
(423) 493-9003
chattanoogarifleclub.org

Cleveland Hunting, Rifle, and Pistol Club
2522 Leadmine Valley Rd. SW
Cleveland, TN 37311
chrpc.com

Dunaway Hunting and Fishing Club
1046 Coca-Cola Rd.
Dunlap, TN 37327
(423) 949-6803
dunawayhuntfishclub.com

Tennessee Valley Chapter Safari Club International
tennesseevalleysci.org

Multi-Recreational Resources

The Adventure Guild
P.O. Box 2621
Dunlap, TN 37327
(423) 266-5709
theadventureguild.com

Chattanooga Track Club
P.O. Box 11241
Chattanooga, TN  37401
(423) 842-6265
chattanoogatrackclub.org

Outdoor Chattanooga
200 River St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 643-6888
outdoorchattanooga.com

Public Parks

Chattanooga Chew Chew
Canine Park
1801 Carter St.
Chattanooga, TN 37408
(423) 643-6311
chattanooga.gov

Cherokee National Forest Campgrounds
2800 Ocoee St. N
Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 476-9700
fs.usda.gov/cherokee

Chester Frost Park
2277 N. Gold Point Circle
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 842-0177
hamiltontn.gov/ParkRec

City of Chattanooga Neighborhood Parks
Visit chattanooga.gov/public-works/parks/community-neighborhood-parks for a complete listing.

Coolidge Park
150 River St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 425-6311
chattanooga.gov

Enterprise South Nature Park
190 Still Hollow Loop
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 893-3500
hamiltontn.gov/esnp

Greenway Farm
5051 Gann Store Rd.
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 643-6311
northchick.org

Lula Lake Land Trust
5000 Lula Lake Rd.
Lookout Mtn., GA 30750
(706) 820-0520
lulalake.org

Miller Park
910 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 425-6311
chattanooga.gov

Renaissance Park
100 Manufacturers Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 425-6311
chattanooga.gov

Tennessee RiverPark
4301 Amnicola Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 493-9239
hamiltontn.gov/tnriverpark

River Adventures

Adventures Unlimited
522 Highway 64
Ocoee, TN 37361
(423) 338-4325
adventuresunlimited.net

Big Frog Expeditions
1278 Welcome Valley Rd.
Benton, TN 37307
(877) 776-2633
ocoeeriver.biz

Cascade Outdoors
1248 Hwy 64
Ocoee, TN 37361
(800) 338-7238
cascadeoutdoors.com

Chattanooga Ducks
503 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 756-3825
chattanoogaducks.com

Cherokee Rafting
869 Hwy. 64
Ocoee, TN, 37361
(423) 338-5124
cherokeerafting.com

High Country Adventures Whitewater Rafting
430 Hwy. 64 E
Ocoee, TN 37361
(800) 233-8594
hcrivers.com

L2 Outside
100 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 531-7873
l2outside.com

Lookout Rowing Club
1001 Riverside Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37406
lookoutrowingclub.com

Nantahala Outdoor Center
150 Hawkins Dr.
Ocoee, TN 37361
(800) 232-7238
noc.com

Ocoee Outdoors
1985 Highway 64
Benton, TN 37307
(423) 338-2438
(800) 533-7767
ocoeeoutdoors.com

Ocoee Adventure Center
4651 Highway 64
Copperhill, TN 37317
(888) 723-8622
ocoeeadventurecenter.com

Outdoor Adventure Rafting
629 Welcome Valley Rd.
Benton, TN 37307
(423) 338-5746
ocoee.com

Outland Expeditions
6501 Waterlevel Hwy.
Cleveland, TN 37323
(800) 827-1442
(423) 478-1442
outlandexpeditions.com

Quest Expeditions
281 Highway 64
Ocoee, TN 37361
(423) 338-2979
questexpeditions.com

River Canyon Adventures
21726 River Canyon Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 488-8211
rivercanyonadventure.com

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River Gorge Explorer
1 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(800) 262-0695
(423) 265-0695
tnaqua.org/plan-your-visit/river-gorge-explorer

Southeastern Expeditions
7350 Highway 76 E
Clayton, GA 30525
(800) 868-7238
southeasternexpeditions.com

Southern Belle Riverboat
201 Riverfront Pkwy., Pier 2
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 266-4488
chattanoogariverboat.com

Sunburst Adventures, Inc.
702 Welcome Valley Rd.
Benton, TN 37307
(423) 338-8388
sunburstrafting.com

Tennessee Valley Canoe Club
PO Box 11582
Chattanooga, TN 37401
tvccpaddler.com

Wildwater Rafting
4596 Highway 64 W
Ducktown, TN 37326
(866) 319-8870
wildwaterrafting.com

Shooting Ranges

Carter Shooting Supply and Range
6210 Highway 58
Harrison, TN 37341
(423) 344-1099
cartershootingsupply.com

The Ridge
11534 Rhea County Hwy.
Dayton, TN 37321
(423) 605-4242
theridgeshooting.com

The Shooter’s Depot
5958 Shallowford Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 305-0747
theshootersdepot.com

Sportsman’s Supplies and Services
4824 Hixson Pk.
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 875-4868
shooters-range.com

Trail Running

Wild Trails
P.O. Box 2271
Chattanooga, TN 37409
wildtrails.org

Wildlife

Chattanooga Audubon Society
900 N. Sanctuary Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 892-1499
chattanoogaaudubon.org

Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge
525 Priddy Rd.
Birchwood, TN 37308
(423) 614-3018
tnwatchablewildlife.org

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
400 Garden Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37419
(423) 821-1160
reflectionriding.org

Riverview Bird Sanctuary
1621 Riverview Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Tennessee Ornithological Society Chattanooga Chapter
chattanoogatos.org

Tennessee River Gorge Trust
1214 Dartmouth St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 266-0314
trgt.org

Zip Lines

Ocoee Zip
1985 Highway 64
Benton, Tennessee 37307
(877) 794-7947
ocoeezipz.com

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Ruby Falls ZIPstream Aerial Adventure
1720 S. Scenic Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37409
(423) 821-2544
rubyfallszip.com

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