Everyone knows that Chattanooga is one of the best places in the country to enjoy outside activities, year-round, so it’s no wonder that Black Creek Mountain, on 3,000 picturesque acres just west of downtown, is the ultimate “base camp” for all kinds of outdoor fun. Bike, walk, run, golf, swim, or swing a racquet with friends, associates or neighbors. Climbing and kayaking are just a short drive away. For a more urban adventure, downtown Chattanooga –– with its festivals, shops, restaurants, aquariums and museums — is just eight miles away. Whatever your definition of fun, you'll find Black Creek Mountain is the best place to put your life into play! Check out Outdoor Chattanooga for lots of great information.
Just minutes away, beyond the crest of Aetna Mountain, is the Tennessee Valley Gorge, a vast, 26-mile canyon and protected view-shed of the Tennessee River’s dramatic traverse of the southern Cumberland Plateau. The gorge is the fourth largest river gorge in the eastern United States. To learn more about this unique area, visit Tennessee River Gorge Trust and Canoe Tennessee.
Looking for a nice weekend on the water? Look no further that Harrison Bay State Park. This beautiful wooded park is a haven for campers, boaters and fishermen, as well as picnickers and other day-use visitors from Chattanooga and the surrounding tri-state area. Another great place to discover is Cloudland Canyon State Park. Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, this is one of the most scenic parks in the state of Georiga, offering rugged geology and exceptional hiking.