South Chickamauga Creek
A part of the Tennessee River Blueway river trail system, South Chickamauga Creek is a quiet paddler's retreat flowing through Chattanooga's thriving industrial core.
Photo courtesy Andy B. Jones
Navigable from Graysville Road (Ringgold, GA) to its confluence with the Tennessee River, South Chick Creek 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, while bikers and pedestrians can enjoy the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Trail that runs alongside the creek and connects with the Tennessee Riverpark Greenway at the Lost Mound Dr. Access area off of Aminicola Highway.
Trip times are estimated at 330 cubic foot per second on the South Chickamauga Creek USGS Water Level Guage.
Graysville Road to Audubon Acres: 2 hour paddle, 1 portage at very beginning of trip, shuttle required.
Audubon Acres to Camp Jordan: 2 hour paddle, shuttle required
Camp Jordan to Shallowford Road: 2 hour paddle, 1 portage of river wide pipeline river left after Brainerd Road Bridge, shuttle required.
Shallowford Road to Sterchi Farm: 2 hour paddle, shuttle required
Sterchi Farm to TN River Walk at Lost Mound Drive: 1 hour paddle, shuttle required, or 2 hour out and back paddle.
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.
Canoe, kayak, SUP, beginner, family
Walking, hiking, running, recreational cycling, inline skating, dog walking, fishing
Dates | Hours
Open year round, dawn to dusk.
City of Chattanooga Parks