A Guide to Chattanooga's Riverpark

For a day filled with food, fresh air, and family fun, few places can offer more than Chattanooga’s beautiful and diverse Riverpark. Spanning more than 20 miles along the banks of the Tennessee River, the paved path lets you immerse yourself in nature, culture, and cuisine all at your own pace. 

The entire 20+ miles of the Tennessee Riverpark are paved, well lit, and patrolled by security 24 hours per day. The flat surface makes it accessible to anyone, regardless of age or ability. 

Seven handicap-accessible restrooms are along the path. There are dozens of access points to connect to the Riverpark. 

Every half mile is marked with a bronze fish embedded in the middle of the path, and every mile is marked with a unique sculpture, making it easy to keep track of how far you’ve come. 

Check out the QR for the Riverpark Map that includes official trailheads, access points, and the Bike Chattanooga stations so you can explore by bicycle! 

Activities 

The Riverpark is lined with picnic tables, shelters, playgrounds, and six fishing piers, three of which are handicapped accessible. The smooth, paved surface makes it ideal for walking, biking, and running. There are two boat ramps for launching onto the Tennessee River. Bring your own watercraft or rent them from Adventure Sports Innovation, L2 Outside or from Rock/Creek. One of the most popular entry points is downtown by the Tennessee Aquarium and The Passage. 

If you head South along the riverfront, you’ll pass by Blue Goose Hollow where Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues, lived and played music for coins as a child. After going through Chattanooga’s former industrial area, you’ll end up in the historic St. Elmo neighborhood at the foot of Lookout Mountain. 

If you go North from the riverfront, you get to see (and cross!) one of the world’s longest pedestrian-only bridges - the historic Walnut Street Bridge. Be sure to cross it and explore the North Shore District with shopping, dining and more. 

Next, pass the Hunter Museum of American Art and Bluff View Art District with stunning, high bluff views of the Tennessee River and Maclellan Island. 

After the bluff, you’ll cruise by people fishing along the piers or enjoying a picnic in the cozy green spaces surrounded by trees to keep you cool. You may catch birds and other wildlife playing in the Amnicola Marsh before ending at the trail at the impressive Chickamauga Dam. 

If you get thirsty or hungry while adventuring, stop by the iconic riverfront Boathouse Rotisserie and Raw Bar with scenic views of the river; grab a latte from Rembrandt’s Coffee House; or taste some hand-made pasta from Tony’s Pasta Shop and Trattoria. 

No matter what time of year you visit the Scenic City, the Tennessee Riverpark is here to guide you on the perfect tour of the many attractions that make the city great. 

Explore the Riverpark Map

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