(above) last photo by Rich Smith
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy Greenway Farm, a 180-acre city park just one mile east of Highway 153. The farm features hiking and biking trails, a dog park, and canoe access points along North Chickamauga Creek. Chester Frost Park, located on Chickamauga Lake, is home to the Hamilton County Fair each fall; it’s also a favorite for camping, fishing, boating, picnics, and more. Middle Valley Park and Hixson Community Center offer parks, playgrounds, ball fields, and tennis courts, among other recreational facilities.
Residents can take advantage of local golf courses Creeks Bend Golf Club and Valleybrook Golf and Country Club. A number of fitness centers, including Sportsbarn, cater to first-time users and fitness veterans alike.
With more than 60 stores and restaurants, Northgate Mall serves as a major shopping destination. Retailers include Old Navy, Bath & Body Works, and T.J. Maxx. Big box stores such as Walmart Supercenter, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, and Lowe’s are all conveniently located on Highway 153. A variety of restaurants, including global fare, regional and national chains, and locally owned bakeries and delis, are available to Hixson residents.
In the Northgate Mall complex, AMC CLASSIC Northgate 14 is a central movie theater for the Hixson area. Close by, Air Bounce! offers inflatable fun for all ages. Spare Time Entertainment, on Hixson Pike, boasts bowling lanes, games, and more. The Hamilton County Fair is held annually in Hixson.