2019 // Outdoor Adventures

Chattanooga’s Outdoor Attractions Draw Admirers From Far And Wide

Bordering the Tennessee River and tucked between the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga attracts seasoned athletes and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. Offering breathtaking views and adrenaline-rush activities, the Scenic City keeps calling visitors back year after year. 

people kayaking on the tennessee river in chattanooga


(above) photo courtesy of Chattanooga CVB


Countless outdoor and travel magazines mention Chattanooga as a top destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. In 2018, Travel Pulse listed Chattanooga among its 30 cities for outdoor enthusiasts, describing it as “an outdoor lover’s dream spot for hiking, climbing, paddleboarding, and more.” In the article “The World’s 10 Best Destinations for Backpackers,” TripSavvy encourages adventure travelers to check out the Scenic City for its climbing, kayaking, and hang-gliding scene. And Bike magazine recently featured Chattanooga’s ever-expanding network of riding trails, calling the area a “mountain-bike utopia of the South.”

Parks and Greenways

Six state parks offering more than 50,000 acres of mountains, canyons, and streams surround the Chattanooga area. Booker T. Washington State Park, with 353 acres, and Harrison Bay State Park, with 1,200 acres, are located on scenic Lake Chickamauga. Near Apison, the 263-acre Red Clay State Historic Park is home to the Blue Hole Spring, among other natural attractions. On the western edge of Lookout Mountain sits Cloudland Canyon State Park, spanning 3,500 acres with waterfalls, wild caves, and cliffs – ideal for hiking and cave tours. Prentice Cooper State Forest, just a short drive from Chattanooga, offers 25,000 acres, including 35 miles of hiking trails, camping areas, rock climbing, and more. South Cumberland State Park is located within four Tennessee counties; the park has approximately 30,845 acres and some 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. Other parks and greenways include the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway, the North Chickamauga Creek Greenway, Wolftever Creek, and Enterprise South Nature Park.

Ruby Falls zip stream course in Chattanooga


(above) Ruby Falls ZIPStream, photo courtesy of Ruby Falls

Hiking and Mountain Biking

Ranging from easy to strenuous, there’s no shortage of hiking trails in the Chattanooga area. In fact, more than 50 trailheads can be reached within 30 minutes of downtown. Several trails lead hikers to beautiful waterfalls, including Glen Falls, Lula Falls, Falling Water Falls, and Cherokee and Hemlock Falls in Cloudland Canyon. And the scenic views at Sunset Rock (Lookout Mountain), Edward’s Point (Signal Mountain), and Snoopers Rock (Prentice Cooper State Forest) can’t be beat. Family-friendly hikes are found at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, while Stringers Ridge, Big Daddy Loop, and Mullins Cove Loop are popular destinations for trail running and iconic trail races.

Considered the crown jewel of Chattanooga mountain biking, Raccoon Mountain provides a network of intermediate and advanced trails only 15 minutes from downtown. Another favorite spot, Five Points boasts nearly 20 miles of well-groomed biking trails.

Rock Climbing, Caving, and Deep Water Soloing

According to Lonely Planet, the Scenic City has some of the best rock climbing in the country. Lookout Mountain’s highly sought-after Sunset Rock offers dozens of routes for traditional rock climbers. The Tennessee Wall – called the T-Wall by climbers – is known for its more than 600 documented routes. Just a short drive north from Chattanooga, Stone Fort (or Little Rock City) has garnered international attention for its sandstone and primo lines. It’s also the site of the Triple Crown Bouldering Series.

Caving enthusiasts have ample real estate to explore, as there are more than 7,000 caves surrounding Chattanooga. Raccoon Mountain Caverns, home to Tennessee’s highest rated cave, has over five and a half miles of underground passageways. A Chattanooga gem, Ruby Falls is a 145-foot waterfall beneath the surface of Lookout Mountain.

Lake Nickajack is a hotspot for deep water soloing, a favorite activity during the sizzling summer months. The lake provides a 50-foot limestone cliff that towers over the deep water below. Foster Falls, a 45-minute drive from Chattanooga, features a 60-foot waterfall perfect for a deep water soloing trip.

people white water rafting on the ocoee river in chattanooga


(above) Ocoee White Water Rafting, photo courtesy of Chattanooga CVB

Water and Air Adventures

The Tennessee River Blueway snakes through Chattanooga from Chickamauga Dam to Nickajack Dam. Easily accessible from boat launches along the river, the gorgeous water is just waiting to be navigated via kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. With miles of challenging class III and IV rapids, the Ocoee River – only an hour from Chattanooga – is a premier destination for whitewater rafting. Avid fishermen will enjoy the selection at Chickamauga Lake, which claims the title of second-best bass fishing lake in the U.S. by Bassmaster magazine.

Adventure in Chattanooga isn’t limited to the ground. Since 1978, Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding has been offering tandem flights and flight training for thrill seekers, who are rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the valleys below. Tandem skydiving is offered at Chattanooga Skydiving Company, located in the stunning Sequatchie Valley.

tandem sky diving in chattanooga

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

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

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

National Parks*

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
3370 Lafayette Rd.
Ft. Oglethorpe, GA 30742
(706) 866-9241
nps.gov

Moccasin Bend National Archeological District
10 Hamm Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(706) 866-9241
nps.gov

*Within an hour of the Chattanooga area

Greenways/Hiking Trails*

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 Cir.
Chattanooga, TN 37416
(423) 209-6896
parks.hamiltontn.gov

Chester Frost Park
2277 Gold Point Cir. N
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 209-6894
parks.hamiltontn.gov

Coolidge Park
150 River St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 643-6311
chattanooga.gov

Enterprise South Nature Park
190 Still Hollow Loop
Chattanooga, TN 37416
(423) 893-3500
parks.hamiltontn.gov

Lula Lake Land Trust
5000 Lula Lake Rd.
Lookout Mtn., GA 30750
(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
(423) 643-6311
chattanooga.gov

South Chickamauga Creek Greenway
(423) 643-6311
chattanooga.gov

Stringers Ridge
Dead end of Spears Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
trgt.org/stringers

Tennessee Riverpark
4301 Amnicola Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 842-0177
hamiltontn.gov/tnriverpark

Wolftever Creek Greenway
Collegedale, TN 37363
collegedaletn.gov

*Within an hour of the Chattanooga area

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

Stringers Ridge

White Oak Mountain Biology Trail

Popular Hiking Trails

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 Springs Trail

Pot Point Loop

Rainbow Lake Trail

Stringers Ridge

Sunset Rock Trailhead

Tennessee River Gorge Trail

West Rim Loop Trail

seven bridges marathon in chattanooga


(above) Seven Bridges Marathon, photo courtesy of Chattanooga CVB

AIR ADVENTURES

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

Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding
7201 Scenic Hwy.
Rising Fawn, GA 30738
(706) 398-3541
hanglide.com

Soaring Sports
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(855) 266-7627
soaringsports.com/balloonrides/chattanooga

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

Kickstand Bicycles
3800 St. Elmo Ave., Suite 129
Chattanooga, TN 37409
(503) 804-6399
kickstandbicyclefixes.com

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

Quintana Roo Triathlon Bicycles
4126 S. Creek Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37406
(423) 591-8830
quintanarootri.com

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
630 W. Bell Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 266-8883
suckcreek.com

Trek Bicycle Store Chattanooga
307 Manufacturers Rd., Suite 117
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 648-2100
trekstorechattanooga.com

Caving

Chattanooga Grotto
200 River St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 643-6888
chagrotto.github.io

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, ext. 1
raccoonmountain.com

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.com

Tennessee Bouldering Authority
3800 St. Elmo Ave., Suite 224
Chattanooga, TN 37409
(423) 822-6800
tbagym.com

The Walnut Wall in Coolidge Park
150 River St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 643-6311

Fishing

Chattanooga Fishing Guides
(423) 240-5389
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

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

Georgia Pinhoti Trail Association
pinhoti.info/joomla

Georgia Trails
georgiatrails.com

Hiking Chattanooga
hikingchattanooga.com

Hike Lookout
hikelookout.org

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

Hunting

Chattanooga Rifle Club
(423) 493-9003
chattanoogarifleclub.org

Cleveland Hunting, Rifle, and Pistol Club
2522 Leadmine Valley Rd. SW
Cleveland, TN 37311
(423) 479-4359
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.com

Multi-Recreational Resources

The Adventure Guild
(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
www.fs.usda.gov/activity/cherokee

Chester Frost Park
2277 Gold Point Cir. N
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 209-6894
parks.hamiltontn.gov

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) 643-6311
chattanooga.gov

Enterprise South Nature Park
190 Still Hollow Loop
Chattanooga, TN 37416
(423) 893-3500
parks.hamiltontn.gov

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) 643-6311
chattanooga.gov

Renaissance Park
100 Manufacturers Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 643-6311
chattanooga.gov

Tennessee Riverpark
4301 Amnicola Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 842-0177
hamiltontn.gov/tnriverpark

River Adventures

Adventures Unlimited
522 US-64
Ocoee, TN 37361
(800) 662-0667
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
(423) 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
(800) 451-7238
cherokeerafting.com

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

L2 Outside
131 River St.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 531-7873
l2outside.com

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

Nantahala Outdoor Center
150 Hawkins Dr.
Ocoee, TN 37361
(828) 785-4847
noc.com

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

Ocoee Outdoors
1984 US-64
Benton, TN 37307
(800) 533-7767
ocoeeoutdoors.com

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

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

Quest Expeditions
281 Hwy. 64
Ocoee, TN 37361
(800) 277-4537
questexpeditions.com

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

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

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

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

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

Segway

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

Shooting Ranges

Carter Shooting Supply and Range
6210 Hwy. 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

Shooter’s Supply
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
545 Priddy Rd.
Birchwood, TN 37308
(423) 614-3018
tnwatchablewildlife.org

Reflection Riding Arboretum and
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

Zip Lines

Ocoee Zipz
1985 Hwy. 64
Benton, TN 37307
(877) 794-7947
ocoeezipz.com

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

Did You Know?

Outdoor Chattanooga, established in 2004, connects locals and visitors alike to the Scenic City’s outdoor scene. This organization routinely offers special programs, workshops, and guided tours. Find the Outdoor Chattanooga facility in Coolidge Park!

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