Many of us make goals to get active, save money, eat healthier, or accomplish a major project starting January 1, but it’s hard to keep New Year’s resolutions. Luckily, if you have “buy a new home” and “stay fit” as two of your goals, you can check both off your list by moving to one of these “fitness-friendly” suburbs.
Why It’s Great for Staying Active: Plenty of parks and golf courses are in town limits.
Hixson is a Chattanooga suburb with the perfect blend of urban and suburban. It has all the amenities of a small city (shops, restaurants, sports leagues, community events, etc.), yet has all the space and peacefulness you’d expect in a suburb.
4. Red Bank
Why It’s Great for Staying Active: Residents have easy access to several state parks and a few riverfront parks.
Red Bank, located about 6 miles north of Downtown Chattanooga, is a small community with easy access to outdoor amenities. Residents can hike and bike at Dupont Park, play disc golf at Tennessee Riverpark, and enjoy the fresh air at North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy.
Why It’s Great for Staying Active: Community sports, creeks, and nearby state parks let residents enjoy everything from a tranquil hike to competitive soccer.
Soddy-Daisy is another “fitness-friendly” suburb in Chattanooga, primarily because it’s located near several state parks. One of its top attractions is Big Soddy Creek Gulf, a natural area with incredible views, hiking trails, and waterfalls. Soddy-Daisy is located about 20 minutes north of Downtown Chattanooga.
2. Signal Mountain
Why It’s Great for Staying Active: Several major parks are located in the area, perfect for hiking and enjoying the outdoors.
If you’ve always wanted to live in a small mountain town, Signal Mountain may be perfect for you. This community of 8,000 sits atop Walden Ridge about 8 miles north of Downtown Chattanooga, making it convenient to shopping and dining but far enough away to enjoy the tranquil scenery.
1. Lookout Mountain
There are actually two towns named Lookout Mountain, one in Georgia and one in Tennessee. Together, they form one of the closest-knit communities in the Chattanooga area. The Lookout Mountain community is best known for its views, mountaintop location, and incredible attractions.