Tennessee Riverpark - Flat Water Paddling

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Abundant shade, calm water, and low traffic make this easily accessible destination a great place to paddle.

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Rodger Ling


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Destination Distance From Downtown

1.7 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1-2 hours


Spring, Summer, and Fall

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


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Tennessee Riverpark



The Tennessee Riverpark offers quick, safe access to one of the most popular paddling destinations in Chattanooga. 

What Makes It Great

From the floating canoe dock at South Chickamauga Creek, you can paddle paddle for miles in either direction. Downstream, it's just a third of a mile to the big waters of the Tennessee River, where the best paddling is near the shore. Upstream, the creek beckons with abundant shade, calm water and low traffic. At various points the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway parallels the water. Two miles from launch, you'll reach a boat ramp at the Sterchi Farm Greenway. At normal water levels, the current doesn't begin to get strong or the water shallow until you near Lightfoot Mill Road, about five miles upstream.

Who is Going to Love It

The calm waters of South Chickamauga Creek are ideal for paddlers of any ability.  Advanced paddlers may wish to venture out onto the Tennessee River, perhaps paddling to downtown.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Your best option is at the designated launch off Lost Mound Drive off Amnicola Parkway just north of its crossing of Chickamauga Creek. The floating dock is just upstream from the blue bridge where the Riverwalk crosses above. You'll start out in nice, calm waters.

You could also enter two miles upstream at Sterchi Farm Park off Harrison Pike, which allows dogs but alas, lacks restrooms for their owners.


Riverwalk SUP (Amnicola/Lost Mound Drive)

4301 Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga, TN, 37406
35.08938, -85.26224

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