Fall Colors in the Scenic City
Fall Foliage and Harvests in the Scenic City
Looking for great ways to see dazzling fall colors and eat handcrafted delights? Chattanooga offers many options to see the brilliant changing colors by foot, boat, train, air, bike or Segway. It’s also a perfect time to sample the bountiful harvest of our region through restaurants using local ingredients, culinary tours and at our farmers markets. And our roads are always wide open for some cruising in your car or motorcycle.
Plan a visit to Chattanooga Oct. 12 - 28, 2021, to make the most of fall foliage fun!
Walking and Culinary Tours
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, Audubon Acres, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center and many more. Looking for a guide? Stroll through fall colors by booking a walking or tasting tour:
- Experience Chattanooga: Chattanooga’s only guided hiking tours with transportation and professional photography included, making it easier than ever to explore the beautiful Tennessee outdoors. Discover the most fun things to do in Chattanooga and check out the best Chattanooga hikes.
- Chatt Taste: Chatt Taste showcases the transformation of dining and local businesses in Downtown Chattanooga through guided food tours. Guests select from the 3 available Food Tour Options: West Village (our Signature Tour), Taco Tuesday, and the recently launched Art & Southern Cuisine. Each tour visits about 3-4 restaurants and comes equipped with transportation and a Chattanooga Ambassador.
- ChattaBrew Tour: Sample Chattanooga’s growing craft beer scene on a ChattaBrew Tour, which gives you a behind-the-scenes brewery experience that isn't available to the general public. On this four-hour walking tour, you’ll visit four different Chattanooga breweries and go behind the scenes to meet the brewmasters and learn the art and science behind their craft. Then a guided tasting at each location will give you the opportunity to sample the breweries’ signature beers and seasonal selections.
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. Try something a bit more unique on the downtown Tennessee River with the Chattanooga Ducks, or rent your own boat and go exploring on your own.
Fall Color Lunch or Sightseeing Cruises/Chattanooga Riverboat Co.’s Southern Belle
October-November 2020/Daily, times vary
Land-to-Water Tours/Chattanooga Ducks
March-October 2020/Daily, times vary
River Gorge Excursions
River Gorge Excursions specializes in Pontoon Boat Rentals and Pontoon Boat Tours, giving guests the chance to witness and explore the beautiful scenery of the Tennessee River Gorge.
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.
Missionary Ridge Local Train Trips-55 minutes/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
January-December/Daily trips most of the year, multiple times per day
Hiwassee Loop Train Trips-3.5 Hours/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Sept. - Nov., 2021 | 4-hour ride
Lookout Mountain Incline Railway Rides
Daily, times vary
By Bike, Segway, Scooter or Swincar
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 or zip around on a ride from ChattaScooter. Speed silently through the trails and 300 acres of Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center on an electric all-terrain Swincar from Adventure Sports Innovation. Bring your mountain or gravel bike and explore trails at Stringer’s Ridge, Enterprise South Nature Park or many mountain trails.
Reach new heights and let your heart soar as you experience Chattanooga’s kaleidoscope of fall foliage from above. Try Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding, jumping out of a plane with Chattanooga Skydiving Company or a helicopter tour with Rock Creek Aviation. Want to be a little closer to the trees? Get your adrenaline pumping and sail through the tree canopy at Ruby Falls' High Point ZIP Adventure on Lookout Mountain. Take in breathtaking views as you soar through the treetops on 700 feet of rushing ziplines and conquer the 40-foot climbing tower with multiple routes of varying difficulty.