Tennessee River Gorge
The Tennessee River Gorge, 27,000 acres of land carved through the Cumberland Mountains by 26 miles of the Tennessee River, is one of the most unique natural treasures in the Southeast.
Photo courtesy of Tennessee River Gorge Trust
It is the only large river canyon bordering a mid-size city and is the fourth largest river canyon east of the Mississippi.
The scenic terrain of the gorge creates a unique diversity of land forms, thousands of varieties of plants, grasses and wildflowers and a rich wildlife population.
There are many ways to access wildlife viewing in the gorge: mountain biking Raccoon Mountain, paddling the Tennessee River Blueway or even climbing at the Tennessee Wall.
The most accessible way to get a good overview is to hike the Pot Point Nature Trail, a 3.5 mile loop that begins at the Tennessee River Gorge Trust’s Pot Point Cabin at the river’s edge and climbs the side of the Cumberland Plateau to nearly 1,000 feet.
Flat water paddling, mountain biking, camping, climbing
Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga
12 miles | 25 minutes
Dawn to dusk
Tennessee River Gorge Trust
1214 Dartmouth Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405