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South Chickamauga Creek

A part of the Tennessee River Blueway river trail system, South Chickamauga Creek is a quiet paddler's retreat iflowing through Chattanooga's thriving industrial core.

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Photo courtesy Andy B. Jones

Navigable from Greysville Road (Ringgold, GA) to its confluence with the Tennessee River, South Chick offers a variety of short and long day trips for canoeists, kayakers and standup paddleboarders.

Map of South and West Chickamauga Canoe Launch Points

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The section from Sterchi Farm Park upriver or downriver for 4 miles is a perfect beginner paddle. The South Chickamauga Creek Greenway runs alongside this section now connects with the Tennessee Riverpark Greenway at the Lost Mound Access off of Aminicola Road.

Trip times are at 330 cubic foot per second on the South Chickamauga Creek USGS Water Level Guage.
Greysville Road to Audubon Acres 2 hour paddle shuttle required 1 portage at very beginning of trip
Audubon Acres to Camp Jordan 2 hour paddle shuttle required
Camp Jordan to Shallowford Road 2 hour paddle shuttle required 1 portage of river wide pipeline river left after Brainerd Road Bridge
Shallowford Road to Sterchi Farm 2 hour paddle shuttle required
Sterchi Farm to TN River Walk Off of Lost Mound Drive 1 hour out 1 hour back to Sterchi Farm

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Tennessee Riverpark bridge over South Chick

WARNING: Creek levels and current can fluctuate due to water releases from Chickamauga Dam on the Tennessee River. Check the United State Geologic Survey Water Gauge before paddling.

Riverpoint Lost Mound Drive TN River Park Access
GPS Coordinates 35.089313, -85.263328

Sterchi Farm Park
GPS Coordinates 35.084026,-85.226784

Lightfoot Mill 3525-3699 Lightfoot Mill Rd
35.067957, -85.214038

Shallowford Road Access
GPS Coordinates 

Brainerd Levee

Camp Jordan 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy
GPS Coordinates
35.001462, -85.197819

Audubon Acres 900 N Sanctuary Rd 
GPS Coordinates
34.999402, -85.180799

Greysville Road 2195-2199 Graysville Rd 
GPS Coordinates
34.977509, -85.144589

Activity type

Leure, family, easy, beginner

Related Activities
Walking, hiking, running, recreational cycling, inline skating, dog walking

Dates | Hours
Open year round, dawn to dusk.

Contact Information
City of Chattanooga Parks
(423) 425-6311

City of Chattanooga Parks Website

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