Trail Running in Chattanooga, TN

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  1. This 6-mile roundtrip out-and-back route requires quite a bit of climbing, but the rewards of bombing down gorges and crossing swinging bridges make it all worth it.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    9.8 miles
    Duration
    1-3 hours
  2. Running on the Cumberland Trail is rarely easy, but the rewards are great. The Rock Creek Loop and Trail offer a variety of terrain that will interest runners of all levels.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    23.4 miles
    Duration
    1 - 4 hours depending on distance
  3. Some say that Bigfoot roams the steep slopes of Laurel-Snow, and while that bit of history is unverified, it’s true that the hills once shook from horrific explosions that belched fire out the mouths of coal mines.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    34.1 miles
    Duration
    1 - 2 hours depending on pace
  4. North Chickamauga Creek has magnificent scenery, swimming holes, and rugged terrain to challenge any runner, all just a few minutes from Chattanooga.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    11.7 miles
    Duration
    2 - 3 hours depending on your pace.
  5. This 9-mile Skyuka Springs loop offers a longer, more challenging route for those of you looking for something a little tougher.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    6.8 miles
    Duration
    9 mile loop/ 1.5-3 hours
  6. Urban nature doesn't get anymore wild, and yet as easily accessible as Stringers Ridge. It's a great place to trail run; the ascents don't kill your legs or morale, and the descents are fast and fun.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    3.5 miles
    Duration
    15 minutes - as long as you want
  7. This 12-mile loop overlooking the Tennessee River Gorge is the Holy Grail of trail running in Chattanooga.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    10.4 miles
    Duration
    2-5 hours
  8. This 10-mile loop, located in the Prentice Cooper Wilderness Area, offers breathtaking views of the Tennessee River Gorge and wonderful hiking and trail running opportunities.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    10.6 miles
    Duration
    2-4 hours
  9. One of the most popular trail runs in Chattanooga, and a favorite among the RootsRated staff, this scenic route is a perfect place to enjoy an afternoon run.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    6.4 miles
    Duration
    2-4 hours
  10. The Blue Blazes Trail at Moccasin Bend is a short and easy 3-mile loop that is great for quick post-work trail runs or casual family strolls with young children.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    5.2 miles
    Duration
    30 minutes to 1.5 hours
  11. A relatively easy and relaxing run or hike along Lookout Creek.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    7.6 miles
    Duration
    1-2 hours
  12. Point Park offers the most beautiful view in all of Chattanooga. Here's a great approach by trail rather than asphalt.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    6.4 miles
    Duration
    1-2 hours
  13. The trails at Raccoon Mountain are a great place to spend your after-work hours or weekend mornings having a nice, technical trail run over a 13-mile loop.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    7.9 miles
    Duration
    3-6 hours
  14. The Upchuck 50k is a very technical and demanding trail race that will challenge even the strongest of runners.

    Difficulty
    5 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    22.9 miles
    Duration
    3.5-7 hours
  15. The Savage Gulf Marathon is one of the toughest marathons in the Southeast, featuring two steep descents and climbs into and out of Savage Gulf on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

    Difficulty
    5 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    33.1 miles
    Duration
    4.5 - 8 hours
  16. Use this historical Civil War house as a home base for exploring the multitude of surrounding trails in the area.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    6.4 miles
    Duration
    Dependent on trail
  17. The Beast of the East! This course gives you a bit of everything: high mileage, steep climbs, fast descents, stunning views, and lots of trail cred.

    Difficulty
    5 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    9.2 miles
    Duration
    2-3 hrs (11 mi), 4-9 hrs (50k)
  18. The Skyuka Trail is a relatively mild run in terms of difficulty but is far from mild in terms of beauty!

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    6.8 miles
    Duration
    2-3 hours
  19. This 50-mile race is the crown jewel of the Salomon Rock/Creek Trail Series.

    Difficulty
    4 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    10.6 miles
    Duration
    1 hour (10K) / 10+ hours (50 Mile)
  20. Well maintained, shaded trails make Enterprise South Nature Park a great destination for those seeking a break from the asphalt.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    6.6 miles
    Duration
    45 minutes - 3 hours
  21. This trail is jam-packed with natural beauty, fascinating history, and lots of potential to give you a great workout.

    Difficulty
    1 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    6.4 miles
    Duration
    1-2 hours
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