Soddy Lake is a great destination for birdwatching and flatwater paddling, and residents are also minutes from the North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area, which boasts world-class bouldering and its fair share of scenic hiking trails. A local favorite when it comes to recreation is the crystal clear Blue Hole swimming area located along the North Chickamauga Creek. Big Soddy Creek Gulf is positioned on the outskirts of Soddy-Daisy and features 285 acres of hiking trails complete with waterfall views.
Soddy-Daisy is home to several parks, which are maintained by the City of Soddy-Daisy Parks and Recreation Department. Among them are the Kids Park, which features a basketball court, walking track, playgrounds, and several ball fields, and Veterans Park, which houses several dedicated memorials and monuments in addition to a pavilion, gazebo, ball fields, and a walking track.
Paint It Yours facilitates personalized paint parties, while Horsin’ Around is a carving school dedicated to the creation and restoration of wooden carousel horses.
Each year, Dayton Pike is home to the Soddy-Daisy Christmas Parade, which highlights live animals, firetrucks, decorated floats, and an appearance from Santa Claus. The city also hosts an annual 4th of July Celebration with inflatables, fireworks, live music, and food and craft vendors. The popular “Running with Sasquatch” 5K trail race supports the Ivy Academy Charter School and is well attended.
Traditional American eateries and classic Southern restaurants can be found in Soddy-Daisy. A variety of national chains are also in the area, and residents have the opportunity to dine at restaurants on the waterfront.