Welcome to the Chattanooga Adventure Guide’s Best Family Adventures section. Below you will find plenty of ideas and information for family fun in the Chattanooga, TN area. Likewise, you will find related resources and directions to each adventure. Enjoy!
These two natural wonders atop Lookout Mountain are a stones throw away from each other so we recommend hitting both spots for some great family fun. Rock City has many options for adventure but we recommend Lover’s Leap, the Swing-A-Long Bridge, and Observation Point for stellar views. Another bonus of Rock City is that it is dog friendly. Ruby Falls, located over 1120 feet beneath Lookout Mountain, boasts a mammoth 145 feet high waterfall. While the falls is the main attraction, be sure to check out the numerous picture perfect stalactites and stalagmites.
Ruby Falls & Rock City Directions:
To Ruby Falls follow Broad St./TN-2 south for about 3.5 miles to slight left at Lookout Mountain Blvd./TN-148 for .5 mile. To Rock City follow Broad St./TN-2 for about 2.5 miles (watch for left at red light) that becomes TN-2/TN-17/ US-11. Follow for .5 mile to right turn up the mountain on TN-58. Follow this up to top of mountain for about 3 miles to entrance on left.
Foster Falls Small Wild Area is part of the South Cumberland State Park and centers on a 60-foot waterfall that is ideal for great outdoor family fun. Start the hike at the picnic area at the Foster Falls sign and head .5 miles to the foot of the falls. Also, be on the look-out for climbers at this popular climbing spot.
Foster Falls Directions:
Take I-24 W for 19 miles to exit 158/TN-27 towards Powells Crossroads. Turn right at Baptist Hill Rd./ TN-27 for .3 mile to a left at TN-41/US-41. Head 4 miles to right at Betsy Pack Dr./TN-150/US-41. Take this for 9 miles to the left at Foster Falls Rd. The pavilion will be about .5 mile on the right.
The Pot Point Self-Guided Nature Trail is a shining example of the conservation efforts of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust and is an ideal spot for an afternoon of family fun. The 3.5 mile loop trail is a moderately strenuous trail with climbs that reach over 1,000 feet in altitude around Azalea Point. The property also includes the historic Pot Point Cabin which is surrounded by 491 acres of pristine forest and is available for day and overnight rentals.
Pot Point Property Directions:
Take 27 N toward Signal Mountain. Take the US-127 N/Signal Mountain Rd. exit. Proceed toward Signal Mountain to left onto Hwy 27 (Suck Creek Rd.). Head 4 miles and at the end of the Suck Creek bridge take a sharp left onto River Canyon Rd. Head 4 miles to the Pot Point Cabin.
Chickamauga Lake has 810 miles of shoreline with about 40 miles of shoreline found at the 1,200 acre Harrison Bay State Park. The lake is ideal for family fun including flat water paddling, swimming and fishing. While the lake is certainly the attraction, check out the 5 miles of rolling trails perfect for hiking and biking.
Harrison Bay State Park Directions:
Take I-24 E to 1-75 N to exit 4/Hwy 153. Head north on Hwy 153 and at Hwy 58, turn north. Travel 12 miles to Harrison Bay Rd. on the left. Follow the signs to the park entrance for 1 mile.
This family friendly area covers over 220 acres that includes the Greenway Farm and several miles of trails for hiking and biking. With the three river access points, we suggest paddling this gentle section of the North Chickamauga Creek.
North Chickamagua Creek Greenway Directions:
Take I-24 E to I-75 N to the Hwy 153 exit. Cross over the dam to right on to Hamil Rd. Follow Hamil Rd. for 2 miles to Greenway Farm on the right.