The South Chickamauga Creek Greenway is a paved, multi-use trail and boardwalk that follows South Chickamauga Creek as it winds its way through East Chattanooga. In 2022, thanks to the Trust for Public Land and their partnership with the City of Chattanooga, all sections of the South Chickamauga Greenway were completed. The public can now enjoy all 13 miles of the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway (also known as So. Chick Greenway or Tennessee Riverwalk Connector Trail) from the Tennessee River all the way to Camp Jordan.
The connector trail to Sterchi Farm Park section is paved and features boardwalks that wind above the creek, while passing through towering oak-hickory forests, marshy areas, rolling farmland, and neighborhoods. Sterchi Farm Park also has a public boat launch. The Brainerd Levee/Camp Jordan section of the trail runs next to wetlands that provide stopover habitat for flocks of migrating songbirds and waterfowl. This section of the greenway is gravel and rough pavement. The newly completed section from Faith Road to Shallowford Road features more elevated boardwalks and interpretive signage. All trailheads have free parking. There are canoe/kayak launches at Riverpoint, Sterchi Farm Park, Camp Jordan, and the Shallowford Road trailhead.
As part of the Tennessee River Blueway trail system, South Chickamauga Creek is a quiet paddler’s retreat flowing through Chattanooga’s thriving industrial core. The creek is navigable from Graysville Road (Ringgold, GA) to its confluence with the Tennessee River. There are several boat launches that give paddlers a variety of options for both short and long day paddling trips. The section from Sterchi Farm Park upriver or downriver for 4 miles is a perfect beginner paddle.
Recommended paddle trips and list of boat launches: (shuttle required for all)
*Graysville Road to Audubon Acres: 2-hour paddle, 1 portage at beginning of trip.
*Audubon Acres to Camp Jordan: 2-hour paddle.
*Camp Jordan to Shallowford Road: 2-hour paddle, 1 portage-river left of pipeline after Brainerd Rd Bridge.
*Shallowford Road to Sterchi Farm: 2-hour paddle.
*Sterchi Farm to Riverpoint at TN Riverpark: 1-hour paddle or 2 hours out and back paddle.
Open Daily: Sunrise to Sunset
Yes, on a leash