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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.  


Google Map – TN River Blueway Launches and Camping

Downloadable PDF of Tennessee River Blueway


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.

Overnight Park

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

Shuttle Service
Call or text Scenic City Safari Shuttles and Outfitter
(423) 702-1422

Emergency Contact Information
Any Emergency                        
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.)      

(423) 622-0022

Chattanooga Police Dept. – City of Chattanooga
(River Miles 471 – 452 approx.)          
(423) 698-2525

Marion Co. Sheriffs Dept.  
(River Miles 451 – Nickajack Dam approx.)         
(423) 942-5667

TN Wildlife Resources Agency – TN River Law Enforcement    
(800) 262-6704

U.S. Coast Guard                      
(423) 622-2101

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