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Best Outdoor Activities in Chattanooga

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Outdoor Chattanooga

If you're looking to get out and get active, Outdoor Chattanooga is for you. They will facilitate almost any outdoor activity you can think of, whether it be a climb on their rock wall or programs to go kayaking, hang gliding, horseback riding or almost anything else you can think of. There are so many activities offered, you're sure to come back time and time again.

Chattanooga, TN, United States
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Coolidge Park

Once an abandoned shipping yard, Coolidge Park has carried the spirit of revitalization from downtown to the North Shore. The park features a century-old, hand-carved carousel. A large fountain with stone horses, lions and sea turtles sprays water to cool youngsters on hot summer afternoons. A large common area along the riverfront allows for games, picnics and relaxing afternoons. Two stages and a pavilion area offer space for weddings and other special events. Park admission is free. Fee to rent the stage or pavilion.

Chattanooga, TN, United States
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Walnut Wall

This climbing wall at the base of the Walnut Street Bridge has become one of the many outdoor attractions within popular Coolridge Park. The wall is open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday. Group climbs can be scheduled through the adventure guild. Climbing difficulty ranges from 5.5 to 5.11 (YDS). All equipment is provided for scheduled climbs.

Chattanooga, TN, United States
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Stringer's Ridge

Stringer's Ridge is a popular trail loop located in North Chattanooga. The two mile loop is surrounded by forested area, making it a delightful escape to nature from the urban atmosphere of the city. The trail is mostly used for hiking and biking.

Chattanooga, TN, United States
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Brainerd Golf Course

Challenging 18-hole, par 72 course, it offers fun and recreation for golfers of all skill levels. The fairways are open and the greens are beautifully maintained. This is a great course for everyday play with low greens fees and tee times 7 days a week. A snack bar offers refreshment before and after your game, and the pro shop provides all the equipment or accessories you may have left at home.

Chattanooga, TN, United States
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Ruby Falls ZIPstream

Get two amazing experiences in one exciting activity with Ruby Falls ZIPstream. These aerial courses a challenge and adventure for everyone who tries them. Varying levels of difficulty make it a perfect destination for anyone of any skill level, from kids to experts. If you're looking for a new outdoor activity to try out, head to Ruby Falls ZIPstream.

Chattanooga, TN, United States
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Booker T. Washington State Park

Spread across 353 acres (143 hectares) of serene pastures along the Chickamauga Lake's eastern banks, the Booker T Washington State Park is an integral outdoor space for locals living in the scenic Chattanooga area. Operated and maintained by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the state park is divided into three different recreational areas, specifically dedicated to biking, fishing and picnicking. Fishing zones come with boat launching areas and pools with bathhouses, while the picnicking regions come with grills and playgrounds for the little ones.

Chattanooga, TN, United States
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Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Just south of Chattanooga is the site of the area's longest and bloodiest battle of the United States Civil War. The U.S. War Department (now the Department of the Interior) declared this battlefield a National Military Park. It has attracted millions of visitors over the years. A visitor's center provides detailed information about the history of the battlefield and the battles fought here. The self-guided tour takes you through a number of battle sites, Wilder Tower lookout and a common area for picnics and recreation.

Lookout Mountain, TN, United States
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Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Escape in the lap of nature as you visit the scenic Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This lush green property spans over 317 acres (129 hectares) and takes you to the scenic nature from the hustle and bustle of the city. This is a fine outing spot where you can enjoy a walking or driving around the property with your loved ones. Whether you want a relaxed day with a picnic under the blue sky or you want to go for an adventurous hike, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden has something for every taste. This property is home to several native animals and birds, so be ready to have a rendezvous with deers, turtles, turkey and some wild animals too.

Chattanooga, TN, United States
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Lookout Mountain

Extending from Tennessee to Northeast Alabama and finally to Northwest Georgia, Lookout Mountain spans three geographical zones and is one of its kind in the region. Seated high at 2,389 feet (728 meters), this viridescent mountain majestically watches over the town and is home to a string of remarkable sites such as Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, Rock City, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga National Military Park Ruby Falls among others. A paradise for tourists and a serene sanctum for locals, Lookout Mountain is one of the most coveted sights in Chattanooga. Visitors can ride up the mountain on the Incline Railway that pierces through the clouds and offers panoramic views of the surrounding cliffs. The prolific Rock City replete with a waterfall, swinging bridge, a fairytale cavern, and a cafe, boasts a sweeping view of seven states, of America, a fact numerous visitors have attested to. Be prepared to be mesmerized by the cascading of Ruby Falls, one of the tallest underground waterfalls in the world. This enthralling retreat also boasts of scenic trekking routes and the Sunset Rock, a lovely vantage point offering stunning views of the sunset.

Lookout Mountain, TN, United States
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Rock City Gardens

Rock City is a beautiful collection of gardens atop Lookout Mountain providing stunning views of the city and profound solace from the busy world below. One of many popular sites above the mountain, this attraction offers thrills at a swinging bridge, chills at the edge of Lovers' Leap and spills inside Mother Goose's Nursery for kids. Trails lead through Fat Man's Squeeze (you better work out before you come here) to the scenic overlook where you can see Seven States (you'll just have to come see how they pull that one off).

Lookout Mountain, GA, United States
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Raccoon Mountain

Just west of Chattanooga is a high ridge known as Raccoon Mountain. Outdoor types love this area for camping, but there is a lot more to do than simply pitch a tent. Drive like the Andrettis on the go-kart course or go exploring in the caverns in and around the area you can pan for gold and gemstones in the creeks that run along the base of the mountains.

Chattanooga, TN, United States
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