Fall Colors in the Scenic City

Looking for great ways to see dazzling fall colors? Chattanooga offers many options to see the brilliant changing colors by foot, boat, train, bike or Segway. And our roads are always wide open for some cruising in your car or motorcycle.


Monday, November 18, 2019
Chattanooga Fall Colors Weekly Forecast by Gene Hyde, City of Chattanooga Forester:

Last week’s hard freeze has accelerated the transition into late fall, and we are approaching the end of leaf-peeping season. Although trees in the surrounding rural areas are pretty much bare, there are still a few species in urban areas displaying colorful leaves:

  • Sweetgums – deep red, purple and black
  • Red maples – red and orange
  • Some oaks – brownish red
  • Ornamental pears (such as Bradford) – deep red


Enjoy miles and miles of breathtaking vistas from Signal Point (the southern terminus of the Cumberland Trail), Raccoon Mountain, Sunset Rock, Lula Lake Land Trust, Prentice Cooper State Park, Point Park and many more. Looking for a guide? Stroll through fall colors by booking a walking tour with Free Walk ChattanoogaSweet Magnolia Tours, or a guided hike with Experience Chattanooga.

Raccoon Mountain_TVA_Fall


Take a cruise into the Tennessee River Gorge where you’ll see nature’s brilliant canvas of fall colors aboard the Chattanooga Riverboat Co.’s Southern Belle. Or, try something a bit more unique on the downtown Tennessee River with the Chattanooga Ducks.

CHA_Fall_Southern Belle Riverboat Color Cruise


Jump aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad or Lookout Mountain Incline Railway for a variety of train rides that take you through the beautiful Tennessee valley or straight up Lookout Mountain.

CHA_Fall_Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum


Hop on a bike from the Chattanooga Bike Share System and view the beautiful fall foliage while pedaling along the 13-mile paved Riverwalk. The route runs parallel to the Tennessee River and through the scenic Bluff View Art District. Go on a guided bike (or Segway!) tour of downtown Chattanooga with Chattanooga Segway & Bicycle Tours. Bring your mountain bike and explore trails at Stringer’s Ridge, Enterprise South Nature Park or many mountain trails.