The Chickamauga Battlefield offers some of the most beautiful (and safest) roads for runners and cyclists in the Chattanooga area.
What Makes It Great
Chickamauga, the site of a long and bloody Civil War battle, offers miles of forgiving asphalt, some of which features a designated pedestrian lane and single-direction car traffic. Along the way, you'll pass historic landmarks including monuments that range from tiny to towering, 19th-century cannons, and reconstructed log cabins in grassy meadows. The network of roads allows several loops of varying distance; you can go just a few easy miles, add in a climb of Snodgrass Hill if you feel the need, or even branch off into the wide open country south of the park. A typical loop is around ten miles. The popular Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon takes place almost entirely within the park and has resulted in Boston-qualifying times for numerous entrants.
Chickamauga Battlefield is great any time of the year, but autumn offers the best blend of warm sun, cool shade and fiery fall foliage.
Who is Going to Love It
With only the gentlest of hills and slow, controlled traffic, cyclists and runners of all abilities can relax and enjoy Chickamauga Battlefield.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
If you park at the Visitor's Center (use the lower lot), your run or ride will start on flat ground and take you straight into the heart of the park.
While running and cycling are permitted on the roads (paved or unpaved) and hiking is encouraged on the trails, "recreational activities" such as picnics, kite flying, and frisbees games are restricted to designated areas.