Backpacking/Camping in Chattanooga, TN

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  1. Savage Gulf is one of Tennessee's most beautiful wilderness areas, offering over 50 miles of trails and views of some of the area's most pristine waterfalls.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    35.0 miles
    Duration
    1-2 Days
  2. Encompassing land used and eventually abandoned by Native American tribes some 1,500-2,000 years ago, this park offers hallowed grounds for camping and cultural education.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    60.4 miles
    Duration
  3. Some of the oldest mountains in the world as well as the western-most peaks in Appalachia, make the Big Frog Wilderness something very special indeed.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    40.4 miles
    Duration
    Weekend to a lifetime
  4. The densely wooded, streamside campsites that you’ll find in Paint Creek Campground are perfect for family camping within the larger Cherokee National Forest.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    147.4 miles
    Duration
  5. Whether you’re looking for tent camping, RV-ready digs, or just some options for electricity, the 70-plus sites offered within the Chilhowee Recreation Area can accommodate any kind of camping style.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    38.0 miles
    Duration
  6. Camping at Lost Creek has a primitive vibe, with the dense forest and creeks surrounding generously-spaced plots.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    44.6 miles
    Duration
  7. Prentice Cooper is an absolute gem for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds, and it's located right in Chattanooga's backyard.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    11.6 miles
    Duration
    1-2 days
  8. The Possum Creek section of the Cumberland Trail is an excellent 10-mile route, offering everything from steep difficult terrain to a peaceful stroll along the creek. While it's great for hikers and advanced trail runners, this trail also offers the perfect opportunity for a short overnighter.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    19.6 miles
    Duration
    A few hours to a few days.
  9. With hundreds of standard and premium sites as well as primitive and backcountry camping, Fall Creek Falls State Park can accommodate any camper.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    42.5 miles
    Duration
  10. Cloudland Canyon is one of the most beautiful river gulches in the Appalachian range, offering stunning views, rugged hiking, and excellent camping opportunities.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    20.6 miles
    Duration
    2 hours to full weekend
  11. Creek crossings, climbs, mountain vistas, and waterfalls make this wilderness area an absolute dream come true for hikers and backpackers.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    37.7 miles
    Duration
    Weekend to a Lifetime
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