There are over 150 miles of hiking trails on public lands within a 15-minute drive of downtown Chattanooga. Our parks, greenways, and natural areas hold close to 100 more miles. Opportunities for day hikers of all levels, including those who want ADA accessibility, can be reached by car, bicycle or public transit. Travel 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. Taking a walk in the woods is the easiest, least expensive way for anyone to enjoy the outdoors. All you need is a sturdy pair of walking shoes and a sense of adventure.

Hiking Tips

  • Hike with a buddy or 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 and help you keep your balance on uneven trails beds
  • Carry a small fanny pack or backpack with a few essentials:
    • Minimum one (1) quart water
    • Snacks
    • Sun and rain protection
    • Insulating layers
    • Lighter and/or matches
    • Compass
    • Cell phone
    • First aid kit
    • Emergency whistle
    • Emergency blanket or shelter


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