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  1. Demystifying the Cherokee National Forest: A Beginner’s Guide

    If you’ve ever been hiking or paddling in eastern Tennessee, you’ve probably experienced the wonders of the Cherokee National Forest without even knowing it.

  2. 50 Things to Do in Chattanooga

    From the best local hiking trails, to the top places for refueling afterwards, here's our list of 50 outdoor things to do in Chattanooga.

  3. 19 of the Best Restaurants in Chattanooga with Outdoor Seating

    Chattanooga is a popular summer destination for all of its outdoor activities—and that includes dining. Check out these 19 restaurants with excellent decks, rooftops, and patios to enjoy the fresh air.

  4. So, You Want to Start Climbing in Tennessee?

    Tennessee is known by rock climbers around the country for the quality of its crags and bouldering areas, making it a great place to get started in the sport.

  5. Where (and How) to Get on the Water in Chattanooga

    With scenic rivers, lakes, and swimming holes, Chattanooga is filled with places to enjoy some time on the water.

  6. How to Have a Nonstop Day of Adventure at Chickamauga Battlefield (and Why You Should)

    The Chattanooga area is filled with Civil War history, and the best place to explore the conflict is at the nearby Chickamauga National Military Park. Here's a quick itinerary to help you get the most of a trip to the past.

  7. How to Do a Bike and Brew Tour of Chattanooga

    Enjoy six of the best breweries in Chattanooga with this bar-hopping tour by bike.

  8. The Story of Truman Smith: What It Takes to Be a 70-Year-Old Marathoner

    Truman Smith has run 26.2 miles in every state in the US and on all seven continents, even Antarctica. And he didn't even start running until he was 38 years old.

  9. Running a Self-Guided 5k Through Chattanooga's Passageways

    Chattanooga's Passageways art instillation is tucked away among the downtown alleys. This 5k route will allow runners to see a unique side of the city that they might otherwise miss.

  10. Insider's Guide to Denny Cove

    Denny Cove, the newest crag in Tennessee’s South Cumberland State Park system, is quickly growing in popularity among climbers all over the Southeast.

  11. A Guide to Chattanooga's Unique Birding Opportunities

    Birders will find that Chattanooga is filled with opportunities to spot both native and migrating birds along the Tennessee River in the hear of the city and at several natural preserves.

  12. The 5 Best Family-Friendly Hikes in Chattanooga

    Whether you're visiting for a week or just a weekend, Chattanooga features plenty of pristine hiking trails close to town. Here are some of our favorites.

  13. A Guide to Chattanooga's In-Town Neighborhoods

    Go beyond the downtown to explore these great neighborhoods on your next trip to Chattanooga.

  14. The Toughest Outdoor Challenges in Chattanooga

    These outdoor endurance events in Chattanooga will put the best athletes to the test.

  15. A Guide to Off-the-Beaten-Path Grub in Chattanooga

    Are you hungry? Take advantage of these seven spots around Chattanooga for a one-of-a-kind meal.

  16. The 5 Toughest Hikes in Chattanooga

    Chattanooga is known for its incredible hiking trails. But if you really want to challenge yourself, here are five scenic hikes that will test your endurance.

  17. A Guide to Chattanooga in the Winter

    There's plenty of outdoor fun to find in Chattanooga to create a perfect winter getaway.

  18. The Brew Crew: Chattanooga Brewing Company + Hutton and Smith

    The craft brewing business is getting crowded, but the owners of two Chattanooga breweries say there’s room for more.

  19. So, You Want to Learn How to Fly Fish?

    This guide covers all the basics of fly fishing and will give you an idea of what you need to get started.

  20. 9 Easy Tennessee Hikes with Huge Panoramic Payoffs

    A list of nine easy hikes in Tennessee that lead to spectacular views.

  21. Beautiful Tennessee: A Photographic Journey Through the Volunteer State

    From the blue-tinted haze of the Smokies, to the waterfall-filled wonderland of the Cumberland Plateau, to the bucolic plains of West Tennessee, here are some images that will surely inspire you to get out and about in The Volunteer State.

  22. Creating Local Flavor: Chattanooga's Emerging Culinary Scene

    A new breed of chefs is coming (or coming back) to Chattanooga after working in cities around the world. They are lured by the growing social scene, incredible produce from local farms and the chance to shape the flavor of a city.

  23. 5 Reasons Why Winter is the Best Season to Go Hiking in Tennessee

    Don’t ditch your hiking gear just because of the cooler temperatures. Winter is actually one of the best times to hike in Tennessee.

  24. The Ultimate Tennessee Road Trip: How to Spend 7 Days in the Volunteer State

    We’ve put together a seven-day itinerary to some of most scenic attractions you’ll find in Tennessee, starting and ending in Nashville, hitting up Blues City, the Cumberland Plateau, Chattanooga, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Knoxville along the way.

  25. An Insider's Guide to the Cumberland Trail

    The Cumberland Trail itself is part of the even more ambitious Great Eastern Trail, an alternative to the Appalachian Trail that will stretch over 1,600 miles from Alabama to New York when it's all said and done.

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