Roadtrip: Outdoor Adventure

There are so many outdoor adventures waiting for you in Southeast Tennessee. Pick up your free Outdoor Adventure Guide at a local visitor center or view it online below:

 

Known for its natural beauty, Southeast Tennessee calls to those who love the outdoors. The region’s lush landscape, contoured by majestic rivers, ridges and mountains, offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for visitors looking for outdoor adventure.

Explore the following parks and trails to soak in the natural beauty of the region:

Parks & Trails:

Armstrong Ferry Recreation Area

4623 Armstrong Ferry Rd.
Decatur, TN 37322
423-334-3584

Located on the Tennessee River in Decatur and features camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing, swimming area, and boat ramp.

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Audubon Acres

900 N. Sanctuary Rd.
Chattanooga, TN  37421
423-892-1499

This 132-acre sanctuary features a visitor center, museum and five miles of trails through a historically significant landscape.

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Bledsoe State Forest

30396 State Route 30
Pikeville, TN 37367
423-881-3585

This forest is used traditionally for hunting and small amounts of fishing. Some hiking and horseback riding occur on the 8,274-acre Cumberland Plateau forest.

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Booker T. Washington State Park

5801 Champions Road
Chattanooga, TN 37416
423-894-4955

This 353-acre park situated on the shores of scenic Chickamauga Lake features a six-mile mountain bike trial, Olympic size swimming pool, and large picnic pavillions.

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Bradley County Recreational Park

234 Urbane Road
Cleveland, TN 37323
423-728-7035

This county park features multiple sports fields for baseball, football, and soccer play.

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Brainerd Levee

Shallowford Road
Chattanooga, TN 37410
423-425-6311

The lightly graveled greenway that runs 5.5-miles is a perfect off road bicycling destination for beginners, children and those who want easy, flat terrain.

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Camp Jordan

323 Camp Jordan Parkway
East Ridge, TN 37412
423-463-4391

This 257-acre park features 13 ball fields, 19-hole disc golf course, sand volleyball, fishing pond, 2-mile walking track, and many more attractions.

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Cherokee National Forest

2800 Ocoee Street
Cleveland, TN 37312
423-476-9700

This 650,000-acre forest is the largest tract of public land in Tennessee and adjoins other national forests in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia.

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Cherokee Removal Memorial Park

6800 Blythe Ferry Rd
Birchwood, TN  37308
423-339-2769

This 29-acre park features the Cherokee Removal Memorial, a visitor center and walking trails in a historically significant landscape.

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Chester Frost Park

2277 North Gold Point Circle
Hixson, TN 37343
423-842-0177

Located on Lake Chickamauga and Tennessee River, this park features picnic shelters, sand beach, playgrounds, fishing, campgrounds, boat ramps, and beautiful sunsets.

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Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

3370 Lafayette Road
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
706-866-9241

The oldest and largest of America’s Civil War parks, commemorates the 1863 battles for Chattanooga that marked a major turing point in the war.

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Chilhowee Recreation Area

3171 Hwy. 64
Benton, TN 37307
423-338-3300

This park features a campground, 7-acre Mckamy Lake, sand beach, fishing, 25 miles of hiking or biking trails, and a scenic waterfall.

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Cleveland / Bradley County Greenway

2487 Keith Street NW
Cleveland, TN 37311
423-479-4129

This greenway features multiple linear corridors along Mouse Creek for walking, running, biking, and skating.

 

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Coolidge Park

150 River Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405
423-757-7529

This park overlooks the Tennessee River and features a 100-year old restored antique carousel, one of the world’s largest pedestrian bridges, and open green spaces.

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Eden Marina & Campground

653 Scenic Lakeview Drive
Spring City, TN 37381
423-365-6929

A family friendly campground on Watts Bar Lake. Beach swimming area, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, rental cottages, campers, and RV campsites.

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Enterprise South Nature Park

8015 Volkswagen Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37416
423-893-3500

25-miles of paved and unpaved trails for hiking, mountain biking and ADA accessible recreation. Picnic areas, historical exhibits, visitor center and a 7-mile driving loop.  

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Fall Creek Falls State Park

2009 Village Camp Road
Pikeville, TN 37367
423-881-5298

Tennessee’s premier state park featuring majestic streams and waterfalls, hiking, equestrian trails, a golf course, campgrounds, cabins, an inn and restaurant.

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Fooshee Pass Recreation Area (TVA)

195 Sandy Bottoms Lane
Ten Mile, TN 37880
423-334-4842

Located on the shores of Watts Bar Lake featuring a campground, boat ramp, a swimming beach, a picnic pavilion and a playground.

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Foster Falls Small Wild Area

498 Foster Falls Rd.
Sequatchie, TN 37374
931-924-2980

Featuring a spectacular 60-foot waterfall in the middle of 178-acres and is known in the climbers’ world as one of the premier climbing destinations in the Southeast.

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Franklin-Marion State Forest

310 Firetower Road
Sewanee, TN 37375
931-598-0830

Park offers 20 miles of marked trails for hiking, bird watching, mountain biking, horseback riding and hunting on the Cumberland Plateau.

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Greenway Farm

5051 Gann Store Road
Chattanooga, TN 37343
423-643-6050

Features 6-miles of walking, running, hiking, and biking trails, 3 canoe access points along a 2.5-mile stretch of North Chickamauga Creek, and an off-leash dog park.

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Harrison Bay State Park

8411 Harrison Bay Road
Harrison, TN 37341
423-344-7966

A 1,200-acre park with 40-miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline. Features a full marina, camping, boating, fishing, picnic sites, and 4.5-mile bike loop trail.

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Heritage Park

1428 Jenkins Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
423-855-9474

A 22-acre park in East Brainerd that offers large play structures, bocco ball court, life size chess set, flat paved walking trail, gazebo, and membership only dog park.

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Hornsby Hollow Campground

379 Hornsby Hollow Campground Lane
Ten Mile, TN 37880
423-334-1709

Features spacious campsites, fishing, boating, swimming, trail walking, biking, pedal boating, canoeing, kayaking, or simply relaxing by the shoreline on Watts Bar Lake.

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John Muir Trail

Ocoee-Hiwassee Ranger Station
3171 Hwy. 64, Benton, TN
423-338-3300

The John Muir National Recreation Trail #152 is a 20.7 mile foot trail that follows alongside the Hiwassee River within the Cherokee National Forest of Southeast Tennessee. The trail was part of American naturalist John Muir’s Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867. Trailheads are located at Childers Creek, Big Bend and at the end of Forest Road #108.

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Marion County Park

9696 Highway 41
Jasper, TN 37347
423-942-6653

This park offers RV and tent camping, boat ramps, fishing pier, picnic tables, swimming area, sand box, and swings for the kids.

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Moccasin Bend National Archeological District

381 Moccasin Bend Rd.
Chattanooga, TN  37405
706-866-9241

A 750-acre historic park with a three-mile loop trail along historic Brown’s Ferry Federal Road, which served as a route along the Trail of Tears and as a Civil War supply line.

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North Chickamauga Creek Gorge State Natural Area

310 Montlake Rd
Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379

Highlights of the State Natural Area Section include stunning overlooks of Panther Branch and North Chickamauga Creek Gorges, as well as the exceptional Stevenson Branch campsite adjacent to waterfalls, rapids, and interesting rock formations—one of the most picturesque campsites of the entire Cumberland Trail.

North Chickamauga Greenway

North Chickamauga Greenway
Hixson, TN 37343
423-842-1163

140 square miles of ridge top, escarpment, and valley floor, the terrain surrounding 32 miles of Creek provides a diverse array of activities.

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Prentice Cooper State Forest

3998 Game Reserve Road
Chattanooga, TN 37341
423-658-5551

Recreational activities include OHV use in designated areas, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching, shooting range, and camping.

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Red Clay State Historic Park

1140 Red Clay Park Rd. SW
Cleveland, TN  37311
423-478-0339

Encompasses 263-acres of narrow valleys which was the capital of the Cherokee Nation from 1832 until the Cherokee Removal in 1838.

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Renaissance Park

100 Manufacturers Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
423-643-6096

Once the site of manufacturing plants, Renaissance Park demonstrates how a polluted area can be returned to a clean river habitat and a natural park setting.

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Ross’s Landing – Chattanooga Pier

100 Riverfront Parkway
Chattanooga, TN 37402
423-757-5196

Featuring a river pier, marina, natural amphitheater and the Chattanooga Green which is used for festivals, concerts, and for park users to enjoy a great view of the river.

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South Cumberland State Park

11745 US 41
Monteagle, TN 37356
931-924-2980

Network of 10 park properties featuring scenic views, hiking trails, waterfalls, rock climbing, caving and primitive camping.

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Tennessee Riverpark

4301 Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga, TN 37406
423-842-0177

10-miles of paved walking and biking trail along the Tennessee River featuring 2 boat ramps, 6 fishing piers, marsh meeting facility, picnic facilities, and 4 shelters.

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Leash-Free Dog Parks:

Chattanooga Chew Chew Canine Park

1801 Carter Street
Chattanooga, TN 37401
423-400-4241

Park has lots of greenery, benches, fire hydrants, water fountains, waste removal, and agility equipment. Separate entrance and section for small dogs. Open dusk to dawn.

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Collegedale Dog Park

Apison Pike
Collegedale, TN
423-309-8032
423-987-4033

Free off-leash dog park located at the east end of the Wolftever Creek Greenway by the Nature Nook.

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Greenway Farm

5051 Gann Store Road
Chattanooga, TN 37343
423-643-6050

Features 6-miles of walking, running, hiking, and biking trails, 3 canoe access points along a 2.5-mile stretch of North Chickamauga Creek, and an off-leash dog park.

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Heritage Park

1428 Jenkins Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
423-855-9474

A 22-acre park in East Brainerd that offers large play structures, bocco ball court, life size chess set, flat paved walking trail, gazebo, and membership only dog park.

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Red Bank Dog Park

798 Ben Miller Parkway
Red Bank, TN 37415
423-877-1103 Ext. 1050

Free off-leash dog park with separate small dog area, located in White Oak Park in Red Bank.

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Soddy-Daisy Dog Park

9000 Dayton Pike
Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379
423-332-5323

Small dog park located in the back corner of the Soddy-Daisy Veterans Park.

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Outdoor Resources:

Bendabout Farm

3553 South Lee Highway
McDonald, TN 37353
423-476-6602

A hunting & fishing retreat with exceptional accommodations. Features a world-renowned polo ground that usually plays host to tournaments in September. The farm reflects the true beauty and tranquility of Southeast Tennessee.

Outdoor Chattanooga

200 River Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405
423-643-6888

Their mission is to make outdoor recreation an attractive, healthy, and distinguishing lifestyle for Chattanooga’s residents and visitor population.

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Tennessee Birding Trails

Search the best parks and trails for bird watching.

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