The Bridges

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The most iconic road run in Chattanooga. Every local runner is familiar with this route.

Written by

Drew Streip

Destination Distance From Downtown

3.3 miles


2 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

30 minutes


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits



"Wanna run the bridges?" It's a staple of every Chattanooga runner's lexicon, and for good reason: On this short route, you can get a glimpse of everything that makes Chattanooga great.
Start this run in Coolidge Park on the Northshore, where there are plenty of parking spaces, restrooms and water fountains. Run up to Walnut Street Bridge, one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges, and cross the Tennessee River. As you head south across the newly refurbished wood surface, you'll have your first view of the downtown skyline -- including the Hunter Art Museum, the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain and AT amp;T Field.
Hang a right down 1st Street, and come back across Market Street Bridge toward Renaissance Park and Hill City. Take another right on Frazier Avenue, past all the shops and restaurants. Go up and across Veteran's Bridge and up the stairs through the Bluff View art district.
Finally, end your run by going back down across Walnut Street Bridge into the park. This route has hills (some steep, some gentle) -- but just take your time and enjoy the view. Frazier Avenue has a wealth of eateries for your post-run refueling -- from pizza and beer to fro-yo and donuts.

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The Bridges

200 River Street
Chattanooga, TN, 37405
35.06141, -85.306574

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