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5 Perfect Ways to Enjoy the Parks in Chattanooga

It’s that time of year again! Time to go take a walk in a park. And that’s not just because of the pleasant spring weather. March 30th is national Take a Walk in the Park Day. Whether you’re in the city of Chattanooga, one of its suburbs, or a little further off the beaten path, there are plenty of parks you can enjoy. We’re going to be taking a look at 5 awesome places to check out for national Take a Walk in the Park Day.

Downtown Riverfront Parks

man having a picnic in a parkChattanooga has a number of riverfront parks that are the perfect place to spend the day or afternoon. For instance, Coolidge Park features a restored carousel, an interactive play fountain, and quite a bit of open space. It’s the perfect destination for a leisurely stroll or picnic or an excuse to take in the scenic Chattanooga River.

Community and Neighborhood Parks

With more than 70 community and neighborhood parks in Chattanooga alone, there are plenty of options for spending a day outside. With amenities such as picnic shelters, sports facilities, dog parks, skate parks, and more, you’re sure to find something that piques your interest.

There are also a number of facilities that offer playgrounds, perfect for anyone looking to bring children with them on their day out in the park! Some of our local parks are home to walking trails of varying difficulties, which means there are plenty of options. Many of these trails allow bikes, so be sure to find out which one is the right fit for you! Check out the Chattanooga Parks and Recreation page for a full list of parks in the city.

Chattanooga Greenways and Trails

boardwalk trail through a green woods with sunshineThe Chattanooga area is home to four major greenways and trails. North Chickamauga Greenway runs along the North Chickamauga Creek and the Tennessee River. While much of the greenway is paved, there are also portions that are dirt or grass trails.

The South Chickamauga Creek Greenway not only runs alongside Chickamauga Creek, but also runs through the center of the city of Chattanooga. Only miles 0-4 and 7-12 are currently complete, so be sure to check a map before you head out!

Stinger’s Ridge features trails that run the gambit from easy to moderate, and it is located in one of the largest natural areas within the Chattanooga city limits. These trails offer amazing views of the city.

Finally, the Tennessee Riverwalk is the perfect trail for those looking to bike, skate, walk, jog, or run. This trail runs ten miles from Chickamauga Dam to the city center.  There are even several launching points for canoeing or kayaking. And of course, feel free to bring along your furry friends! Pets are allowed on leashes between the Bluff View Art District and St. Elmo.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

As a key battleground of the Civil War, the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park holds a lot of historical significance. Not only can you enjoy walking along the grounds, but you can also take advantage of the educational opportunities that the park offers. Explore on your own or take one of the park’s guided tours.

Ruby Fallsa waterfall in a cave lit by purple and pink light

While not a park per se, Ruby Falls is a natural wonder that you can’t miss! Located in the Lookout Mountain area, Ruby Falls has been named one of the top 10 incredible cave and waterfalls on earth.

Take a walk through the beautiful caves and caverns on one of the guided tours, where you’ll get to see the wonder that is Ruby Falls, a 145ft waterfall. They also have an outdoor Fun Forest Playground, perfect for letting kids explore and have fun!

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