Camping and Glamping
The Tennessee River Blueway offers a wide variety of camping and “glamping” options for paddlers.
Swimming at camp in the river gorge
Dedicated primitive campsites dot the trail from downtown Chattanooga and through the Tennessee River Gorge.
At Williams Island
Developed campsites are located from the entrance of the Tennessee River Gorge to Nickajack Dam.
The Paddler’s Perch – Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center
For those who want to credit card camp, hotels, cabins, and houseboats provide full service options throughout most of the Blueway system.
Always lock your car. Leave no valuables. None of these lots are secure.
Greenway Farm (N. Chickamauga Creek, 1 River Mile to Chickamauga Dam)
Free – Call Outdoor Chattanooga for permission (423) 643-6888
Tennessee Riverpark (River Mile 469.0)
Free – Call The TN Riverpark office at (423) 493-9239 for details.
Outdoor Chattanooga (River Mile 463.6)
Charges May Apply – Call Outdoor Chattanooga (423) 643-6888 for details
Suck Creek Boat Ramp (River Mile 453.3)
Free – Not well trafficked at night.
T.V.A. Raccoon Mtn. (River Mile 444.4)
Free – Not well trafficked at night. TVA rangers patrol occasionally
Sullivan’s Landing (River Mile 440.0)
Free – Not well trafficked at night. Remote area.
Shellmound Campground (River MIle 425.5)
Call Campground Office for permission
Call or text Scenic City Safari Shuttles and Outfitter
Emergency Contact Information
911 (Be able to tell the dispatcher your location by river mile.)
Hamilton Co. Sheriffs Dept. – Chickamauga Dam to Suck Creek
(River Miles 471- 451.5 approx.)
Chattanooga Police Dept. – City of Chattanooga
(River Miles 471 – 452 approx.)
Marion Co. Sheriffs Dept.
(River Miles 451 – Nickajack Dam approx.)
TN Wildlife Resources Agency – TN River Law Enforcement
U.S. Coast Guard