The Scenic City is uniquely located where the ridges and valleys of the Cumberland Plateau and Appalachian Mountains converge. The Tennessee River carves a winding path through our center. The result? All of the outdoor activities, vistas and wild animals your heart desires. Just want to sit and take it all in – we've got you. Ready to fully embrace life? We’ll point you to hang-gliding. Have that hot-summer-day-urge to be submerged in water? We know the best swimming holes and whimsical waterfalls. Depending on your style, we’ve handpicked some sweet summertime spots for outdoor adventure in Chattanooga. 


Relax & Unwind
Be totally immersed in nature at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, a wildlife sanctuary located at the base of Lookout Mountain on more than 300 acres. Visit Audubon Acres for more than 5 miles of hiking trails amid 130 acres on South Chickamauga Creek along with abundant opportunities for picnicking, wildlife viewing, and photography. For other leisure activities, walk across the Walnut Street Bridge and explore the 16-mile Tennessee Riverpark on foot or by bike using the Bike Chattanooga system; play Frisbee in Coolidge Park; slide down “cardboard hill” in Renaissance Park or picnic and hike at Enterprise South Nature Park. Explore even more parks and nature


Cruise or Paddle the Tennessee River 
Float the Tennessee River and relax on a lunch, dinner or sightseeing cruise aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat; tour the city and river on Chattanooga Ducks, an authentic WWII amphibious landing craft; reserve a trip with Scenic City Fishing Charters; or rent your own kayak or paddleboard at L2 Outside or at River Drifters and enjoy lunch at their restaurant when you get off the water. Take a kayak, paddleboard or canoe into Nickajack Cave; or camp and explore Raccoon Mountain Caverns. Get out on the water. 

Splash Around 
Run, jump, slide, bounce and splash at NoogaSplash, an inflatable, on-the-water obstacle course coming to Chester Frost Park or try out the thrilling Winnie 500 racing slides at Lake Winnepesaukah’s SoakYa! water park. Chase waterfalls with Experience Chattanooga, which provides guided hikes and professional photography at scenic stops like Lula Lake. Back in town, jump into the interactive water fountains in Coolidge Park. Find more places to swim. 


Check an Item off Your Bucket List 
Soar 2,000 feet above the Tennessee Valley at the Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding Park; take the highest daily jump in the south from 18,000 feet with the Chattanooga Skydiving Company; ride the air-conditioned cars up Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, one of nation’s steepest passenger railways at a 72.7 percent grade; or head to the Ocoee River for whitewater rafting in up to Class IV rapids. 

Unleash Your Inner Kid 
Try Adventure Sports Innovation, which offers 22 unique adventures like a hydrofoil surfboard, a tandem Swincar, pedaling water bikes, e-unicycling and VR Hang gliding. Or don a superhero cape to tour the Scenic City with Chattanooga Segway Tours. 

Climb Your Way to the Top 
Calling all adventure seekers and outdoor fanatics! Reach new heights as you climb more than 30,000 square feet of walls and boulders at High Point Climbing & Fitness; gear up and find your way through the hundreds of miles of cliffs, crags and rock walls that surround Chattanooga; or try a new challenge at the High Point ZIP Adventure at Ruby Falls, where you can climb a 40-foot-tall tower and navigate 700 feet of zip lines! For even move adventure, browse our hiking options. 


Indulge Your Inner Foodie (Outside) 
Chattanooga’s chefs are constantly raising their craft with their culinary creations, taking flavors and textures to the next level and using the freshest ingredients from around the Tennessee Valley. Check out 15 of the Best Restaurants in Chattanooga with Outdoor Seating, explore good eats on foot or by scooter on a Chatt Taste Food Tour or watch the sunset over a rooftop cocktail at the WestinChattanoogan or Edwin hotels.  

Looking for somewhere to stay? Browse Chattanooga accommodations from outdoor-focused hostels like The Crash Pad to vacation rentals to unique and historic hotels