Best Walking Spots in Chattanooga

Looking to take a stroll in scenic city Chattanooga, TN? Here are some of our favorite destinations across the city for a nice walk.

By Katie Faulkner


 


Local Areas to Walk

Downtown & NorthShore

Tennessee Riverwalk

View of the Chattanooga Riverwalk at sunset with Lookout Mountain in the background

Photo by AJCat Photography

16.1-mile path with wide walkways following the river.


 


Walnut Street Bridge

Downtown Chattanooga Tennessee at Dusk. Shot from the Market Street Bridge. The Tennessee Aquarium can be seen in the background.

Scenic pedestrian bridge that connects downtown and NorthShore.


 


Coolidge Park

Drone Aerial of Downtown Chattanooga TN Skyline, Coolidge Park and Market Street Bridge.

Landscaped, open park with sidewalks, fountains, and scenery in NorthShore.


 


Aquarium Plaza

Chattanooga, Tennessee , USA - March 23, 2016: Daytime view of the Tennessee Aquarium along the banks of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga

Landscaped park surrounding the Tennessee Aquarium downtown.


 


Renaissance Park

23-acre urban wetland in NorthShore with sidewalks and trails.


 


Ross’s Landing

Chattanooga, TN, USA - August 29, 2914: Riverfront fountains and evening street lights with a partly cloudy sky at Ross's Landing on 29th of August 2014 in Chattanooga.

Located on the riverfront near the aquarium and Tennessee Riverwalk.


 


Heritage Park

Heritage House at sunset in the Heritage Park in East Brainerd, TN

Photo by AJCat Photography

Located in East Brainerd, Heritage Park is a 22-acre park which includes a walking path, a dog park, and also the historic Heritage House, which is home to a regular series of film screenings.


 


Sculpture Fields at Montague Park

Sculpture Fields at Montague Park; Photo by AJCat Photography

Photo by AJCat Photography

On the southside of Chattanooga, the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park hosts upward of 35 large sculptures across a 33-acre area. Walking paths meander between the sculptures.


 


Area Greenways & Trails

Reflection Riding & Arboretum

Reflection Riding walkway; Photo by AJCat Photography

Photo by AJCat Photography

Located at the foot of Lookout Mountain, Reflection Riding is a 317-acre arboretum comprised of 15 miles of trails, rehabilitation facilities for live animals indoors and outdoors, a canoe launch site, and a treehouse.


 


Enterprise South Nature Park

View of Enterprise South Nature Park from inside an old abandoned amunition bunker

Photo by Zippy’s Ventures

Formerly the Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant Property, ESNP is now a bustling 2,800 acre space for walkers, hikers, cyclists, and even motorists to explore the outdoors.


 


North Chickamauga Creek Greenway

Photo of North Chickamauga Creek Greenway taken by Eric J Williams Photography

Photo by Eric J Williams Photography

Accessible from numerous parking areas, this trail spans bluffs, woods, and pasturelands from Greenway Farm north toward the Cumberland Plateau.


 


South Chickamauga Creek Greenway

Similar to the previous greenway, this stretches through the urban areas of South Chattanooga.

Stringers Ridge

92 acres of wooded trails in North Chattanooga.

Wolftever Creek Greenway

Bridge in wooded area on Wolftever Creek Greenway in Collegedale

Photo by Zippy’s Ventures

Construction started in 1998 on the Wolftever Creek Greenway and it’s become an ever expanding walkway for Collegedale Residents and more ever since.


 


Guild-Hardy Lookout Mountain Trails

This mountainous trail passes under the Incline Railway near Ruby Falls and several Civil War markers.

Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee


 


Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Field at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Photo by AJCat Photography

Historically the park is the site of two major battles of the American Civil War, the Battle of Chickamauga and the Chattanooga Campaign. The park is also home to trails for walking, running, biking, and even horse riding that span 50 miles.


 


Health Benefits of Walking

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, adults should average a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate activity a day in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But for busy working adults, limited time is an all-too-accessible excuse. Why not make it a little easier on yourself? Something as simple as brisk walking can provide that daily dose of activity!

With just 30 minutes away from your desk, whether during your lunch break, afternoon break, or as soon as you leave work, you can take advantage of the Chattanooga area’s scenic walkways and trails. Check out all of the mental and physical health benefits that walking can provide; then try out some of the walking areas we’ve listed.

Physical

  • Weight maintenance
  • Increased blood flow and circulation
  • Management of blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease
  • Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Strengthened muscles and bones
  • Improved coordination and balance
  • Immune system support
  • Vitamin D exposure (for outdoor walkers)

Mental

  • Improved mood
  • Better sleep
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Mental alertness and clarity
  • Potential to ward off dementia
  • Decreased anxiety, fatigue, and depression

Besides feeling better, looking better, and improving your health, walking during the workday can boost productivity and help you tackle the rest of your day. Walking after your workday helps build sustained energy and sends you home energized to enjoy your personal time.

There are several other greenways and trails, plus tons of neighborhood parks, all with beautiful walking space available, listed in the Chattanooga Resource & Relocation Guide®! Check it out at chattanoogaresourceandrelocation.com.

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