Hiking in Chattanooga, TN

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  1. Since its construction in the 1930s, the Bluff Trail has been one of the most memorable hikes in the southeast.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    10.2 miles
    Duration
    2-3 hours
  2. A series of seriously awesome swimming holes make this destination an absolute must during the summer months.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    11.6 miles
    Duration
    It's a short hike, but you will want to spend some time exploring!
  3. Both Little Cedar and Cedar Mountain hug the western shoreline of the Tennessee River/Nickajack Lake as the tail-end of Walden Ridge is broken up in the Tennessee River gorge and blends into the Sequatchie valley. The elevation gain and topography grant the Little Cedar Mountain Trail a dry side and a moist side; the wildlife and plants present reflect these subtle changes thus making the two loop trails a somewhat different experience as you hike within the parcel.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    18.9 miles
    Duration
  4. Located in Hiwassee Ocoee State Park, Starr Mountain is a short hike that offers stunning views of the Hiwassee River and surrounding mountains.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    42.7 miles
    Duration
    1 - 2 hours
  5. This moderate trail allows for views of the Tennessee River Gorge as well as rockhouses, formations, and bluffs, and abundant plant life.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    10.6 miles
    Duration
  6. This trail features abandoned mines, views of deep valleys, gorges, and high bluffs, and includes rock and wooden steps.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    15.1 miles
    Duration
  7. This 14 mile trail offers a fairly wide and straightforward path, ideal for various interests. Because the Cloudland Connector Trail (CCT) is simple, but long, it’s perfect for anyone hoping to get outside and spend a few hours doing what they love. Equestrians, mountain bikers, runners, and hikers alike will all enjoy this route. It’s perfect for beginners due to its relatively short climbs, limited screws, and straightforward directions.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    21.4 miles
    Duration
    4-6 hrs hiking
  8. An easy-to-reach swim spot hidden in the Cohutta Wilderness, Hickey Gap offers an incredible place to take a summertime dip.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    34.8 miles
    Duration
    Less than a mile long, the trail is relatively flat until the very end where ropes and roots are utilized to climb down a cliff beside the waterfall.
  9. The Rock Creek Gorge offers pine and hardwood covered hills, several creek crossings, and scenic bluffs and views.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    20.7 miles
    Duration
    2-3 hours
  10. One of the best things to do in Chattanooga, this hike combines Civil War history with natural beauty.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    6.4 miles
    Duration
    1-2 hours
  11. With more than seven miles’ worth of short, simple hikes on-site, this state park is steeped in human history and gives guests plenty to ponder while they wander through its canopied trails.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    60.4 miles
    Duration
    15 minutes to 3 hours
  12. Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness is one of the most unusual waterfall hikes (four falls on a 9-mile loop) within driving distance of Chattanooga. Along the way, you'll find subterranean tributaries, a cenote that turns into a high-volume 110 foot falls, a...

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    54.3 miles
    Duration
    4 - 6 hours
  13. This short loop has been a popular hiking destination for well over 100 years.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    7.6 miles
    Duration
  14. Laurel-Snow State Natural Area has everything an outdoor enthusiast could wish for: great hiking, trail running, backpacking, and climbing.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    34.2 miles
    Duration
    1-3 hours
  15. Located in the Citico Creek Wilderness, the 1.3 mile (2.6 mile round trip) hike to Fall Branch Falls is a gorgeous day hike that features a 70-foot waterfall at the end.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    69.8 miles
    Duration
  16. The Short Springs State Natural Area provides stunning views of Machine, Adams, and Busby Falls on a short but strenuous five mile loop.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    57.7 miles
    Duration
  17. The hike to Julia Falls Overlook is somewhat challenging and technical, but absolutely worth the effort for the classic Cumberland Trail beauty.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    7.6 miles
    Duration
    30 minutes-1 hour
  18. With its wide berth and modest incline, Schoolhouse Gap Trail is ideal for families and hikers of all ages. Located at the intersection of Laurel Creek and Spence Branch, it’s also a fun spot for water play and wading.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    94.1 miles
    Duration
  19. Hiking to Rocky Top is a challenging hike, but one that has wonderful views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    91.2 miles
    Duration
  20. Five trails at Great Smoky Mountains National Park create this loop around and over Laurel Creek for a lengthy hike without steep elevation climbs.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    94.1 miles
    Duration
    It will take you between 3-5 hours to complete this hike.
  21. This is the first hiking trail visitors come to when entering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Townsend, Tennessee, which makes Chestnut Top Trail easily accessible to anyone looking to hike the western edge of the park.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    95.9 miles
    Duration
    It will take about 2.5-4 hours to complete this hike.
  22. Connecting Laurel Creek Road to the Appalachian Trail, Bote Mountain Trail is a hefty 14-mile round trip through the Smoky Mountains.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    94.2 miles
    Duration
    Plan to spend a whole day on the out-and-back trip.
  23. Beauty abounds on the Clemmer Trail, between the rhododendron and mountain laurel lining the trail, and the scenic views at the top of the gorge below and the mountains to the east.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    38.0 miles
    Duration
    3 - 5 hours
  24. Short Springs Natural Area is a hidden gem situated between Tullahoma and Manchester, Tennessee. Featuring a variety of trails and waterfalls, this area is becoming increasingly popular.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    57.7 miles
    Duration
  25. Lula Lake Land Trust, just outside of downtown Chattanooga, is one of the most impressive destinations in the southeast in terms of beauty. Check out all three of the must-see locations within the Land Trust core preserve.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    12.7 miles
    Duration
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