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.