Waterfront Activities Keep Chattanoogans Active
PHOTO CREDIT: Wes Aldridge
Chattanooga offers the perfect place to get wild--in its world-class whitewater. The region also includes an abundance of lakes, streams, waterfalls, mountains and cliffs, which are ideal venues for hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, hunting and fishing.
One of the most idyllic spots is Tennessee’s Ocoee River, which offers world-class whitewater rafting and canoeing. The Ocoee rapids are so demanding that the river served as the site of the canoeing and kayaking competitions at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Outdoor outfitters such as the Ocoee Adventure Center and Ocoee Rafting offer guided raft trips down the river, and most offer guests the choice of rafting through the Upper Ocoee, Middle Ocoee or both. The river contains both Class III and Class IV rapids, so guests will be in for an adventure on whichever part of the river they choose to tackle.
Another desirable destination measures 300 miles long. The Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park is a footpath that eventually will stretch from Signal Mountain near Chattanooga through the Cumberland Mountains to Cumberland Gap, where Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia converge.
There are also plenty of ways to take advantage of Chattanooga's waterfront location. The city sits on the banks of the Tennessee River, and its Riverwalk serves as a launching point into the Tennessee River Blueway. Along the Blueway, kayakers and canoeists can visit nature preserves or paddle right into the breathtaking Tennessee River Gorge.
The city encourages its citizens to stay active through programs like Outdoor Chattanooga OutVenture. The program schedules events and trips throughout the year and specializes in activities like kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing. Events include whitewater kayaking day trips for youths and participation in Community Outreach programs.