2018 // Outdoor Adventures

Did You Know?

In 2017, the Tennessee State Park system celebrated its 80th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, members of the park system listed their 80 favorite Tennessee adventures, which included golfing at Harrison Bay, mountain biking at Booker T. Washington, and hiking to Blue Hole Spring at Red Clay. 

Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding


(above) Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding


Bordering the Tennessee River and tucked between the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga attracts seasoned hikers and nature lovers from around the world. Visitors will find breathtaking views and adrenaline-producing adventures in the city, surrounding neighborhoods, and beyond.

 

Travel magazines, along with countless websites, frequently include Chattanooga among their top outdoor destinations. Climbing magazine named Chattanooga as “America’s New Climbing Capitol” for its enthusiastic climbing community and high-quality sandstone. Men’s Journal listed Chattanooga as one of the “20 Best Mountain Towns in America,”  while Expedia’s Viewfinder blog featured Chattanooga in “Every State’s Best Destination for Nature Lovers,” citing rock climbing, rafting, kayaking, and paragliding as just a few of the outdoor adventures that await visitors. 

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 Lake Chickamauga. Near Apison, the 263-acre Red Clay State Historic Park is home to a natural Blue Hole Spring.  On the western edge of Lookout Mountain sits Cloudland Canyon State Park, spanning nearly 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 25,539 acres and some of the best hiking and backcountry camping in the region.

Locals and tourists can also take advantage of Chattanooga’s walking and biking paths, including the popular 13-mile Tennessee Riverwalk. Area greenways and parks include the North Chickamauga Creek Greenway, the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway, Wolftever Creek, and Enterprise South Nature Park.

Hiking and Mountain Biking

Ranging from easy to strenuous, hiking trails in Chattanooga are considered to be some of the best in the Southeast. More than 50 trailheads can be reached within 30 minutes of downtown, from family-friendly hikes at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center to the more challenging 10-mile Big Daddy Loop on Lookout Mountain.  Serious hikers can also navigate the lengthy Cumberland Trail. Still a work in progress, the trail currently has 210 miles open for hiking and can be accessed at more than 30 trailheads. Falling Water Falls, Glen Falls Trail, and Lula Lake Falls are among local hiking trails that lead to tumbling waterfalls, and Stringer’s Ridge offers hiking and a short loop for mountain biking convenient to NorthShore.

Considered the crown jewel of Chattanooga mountain biking, Raccoon Mountain provides a network of intermediate and advanced trails only 15 minutes from downtown, while Five Points atop Lookout Mountain boasts more than 20 miles of high-speed riding.


 


Rock Climbing, Caving, Deep Water Soloing

Lookout Mountain’s Sunset Rock offers more than 100 routes for traditional rock climbers. They can also choose from hundreds of routes at the Tennessee Wall, with new routes being established still today.  Considered one of the best bouldering areas in the country, Stone Fort, or Little Rock City, is located alongside the Montlake Golf Course in Soddy-Daisy. Climbers of every skill level can brave the sandstone bluffs, but only the best travel to Stone Fort each fall for the Triple Crown Bouldering Series. 

Caving enthusiasts can explore over 7,000 caves in and around Chattanooga. Raccoon Mountain Caverns, Tennessee’s highest rated cave, offers more than five and a half miles of underground passages.  One of Chattanooga’s most iconic attractions, Ruby Falls, is a 145-foot waterfall beneath the surface of Lookout Mountain.

Deep water soloing, a favorite activity in the summer months, is growing in popularity – especially in Chattanooga. Nickajack Lake provides a 50-foot limestone cliff that towers over the deep water below, while Foster Falls, only a 45-minute drive from Chattanooga, features a cavernous rock behind a 60-foot waterfall. 


 


Water and Air Adventures

The Tennessee River Blueway flows through Chattanooga from Chickamauga Dam to Nickajack Dam. The Blueway is easily accessible from boat launches along the river, perfect for kayaks and canoes. The river also draws residents on sunny afternoons for water skiing and paddle boarding. Within an hour of Chattanooga, the Ocoee River is a top U.S. destination for whitewater rafting due to its consistent class III and IV rapids. Avid fishermen are drawn to Chickamauga Lake, a favorite for bass fishing, and other area lakes and rivers for their variety of freshwater fish.

Lookout Mountain Flight Park, one of the largest hang gliding flight schools in the world, has been offering tandem flights and flight training for thrill-seekers since 1978. Skydiving companies operating in Chattanooga include Chattanooga Skydiving Adventures and Chattanooga Skydiving Company, each providing an unforgettable experience above the Scenic City.


 

White water rafting on the Ocoee River


(above) Ocoee River, photo courtesy of Chattanooga CVB

Runner in the Chattanooga Marathon

(above) Chattanooga Marathon, photo courtesy of Chattanooga CVB


AIR ADVENTURES

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

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

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

Soaring Sports
(423) 680-6069
soaringsports.com/balloon-rides/chattanooga/

Biking

Bike Chattanooga
(888) 925-4415
bikechattanooga.com

Chattanooga Bicycle Club
P.O. Box 11495
Chattanooga, TN 37401
chattanoogabicycle
club.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
electricbike
specialists.com

Owen Cyclery
1920 Northpoint Blvd.
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 875-6811
owencyclery.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
321 Cherokee Blvd.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 266-8883
suckcreek.com

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

Caving

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

Kids rock climbing at High Point Climbing and Fitness


(above) High Point Climbing


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.com

Multi-Recreational Resources

The Adventure Guild
888 Highpoint Dr.
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
www.fs.usda.gov/activity/cherokee

Chester Frost Park
2277 Gold Point Circle N
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 842-3306
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) 643-6311
chattanooga.gov

Enterprise South Nature Park
190 Still Hollow Loop
Chattanooga, TN 37416
(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
(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
chattanooga.gov/public-works/parks/directory-of-park-facilities

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
(423) 299-9097
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
(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 Dr.
Chattanooga, TN 37406
lookoutrowingclub.com

Nantahala Outdoor Center
150 Hawkins Dr.
Ocoee, TN 37361
(828) 785-5082
noc.com

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

Ocoee Outdoors
1985 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

Men skydiving with Chattanooga Sky Diving Company


(above) Chattanooga Sky Diving Company


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

River Canyon Adventures
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


Dad and daughter at the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center


Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

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