There are over 150 miles of hiking trails on public land within a 15 minute drive of downtown Chattanooga. Our parks, greenways, and natural areas hold close to 100 miles more.
Photo courtesy Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center
Opportunities for day hikers of all levels, including those who want ADA accessibility, can be reached by car, bicycle or public transit.
Go a little further out of town and some of the nation's most spectacular trails meander over the Cumberland Plateau to the north and south, and the Appalachian Mountains to the east.
Photo by Jeffrey Hunter
Taking a walk in the woods is the easiest, least expensive way for anyone to enjoy the outdoors. All you need to get started are a sturdy pair of walking shoes.
A Few Quick Tips for Day Hikers
-Hike with a buddy or a group.
-Learn how to use a trail map and a compass.
-Let someone know your itinerary.
-Wear sturdy boots or trail shoes with synthetic or wool socks.
-A hiking stick can help you keep your balance on uneven trail beds.
-Carry a small fanny pack or backpack with a few essentials:
Minimum 1 quart water
Sun and rain protection
Lighter and/or matches
First aid kit
Emergency blanket or shelter