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.
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
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
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
Shallowford Road Access
Camp Jordan 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy
Audubon Acres 900 N Sanctuary Rd
Greysville Road 2195-2199 Graysville Rd
Leure, family, easy, beginner
Walking, hiking, running, recreational cycling, inline skating, dog walking
Dates | Hours
Open year round, dawn to dusk.
City of Chattanooga Parks