Day Hiking

There are over 150 miles of hiking trails on public land within a 15 minute drive of downtown Chattanooga. Our parks, greenways, and natural areas hold close to 100 miles more.

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Photo courtesy Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center

Opportunities for day hikers of all levels, including those who want ADA accessibility, can be reached by car, bicycle or public transit.

Go a little further out of town and some of the nation's most spectacular trails meander over the Cumberland Plateau to the north and south, and the Appalachian Mountains to the east.

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Photo by Jeffrey Hunter

Taking a walk in the woods is the easiest, least expensive way for anyone to enjoy the outdoors. All you need to get started are a sturdy pair of walking shoes.

A Few Quick Tips for Day Hikers
-Hike with a buddy or a group.
-Learn how to use a trail map and a compass.
-Let someone know your itinerary.
-Wear sturdy boots or trail shoes with synthetic or wool socks.
-A hiking stick can help you keep your balance on uneven trail beds.
-Carry a small fanny pack or backpack with a few essentials:
     Minimum 1 quart water
     Sun and rain protection
     Insulating layers
     Lighter and/or matches
     Cell phone
     First aid kit
     Emergency whistle
     Emergency blanket or shelter

Hiking on Lookout Mountain