The best way to start your Chattanooga Perfect Weekend is to take in some great views atop Lookout Mountain. Your best bets are Rock City’s seven state panoramic view or the Mountain Beautiful Trail (see Hiking Adventures) will take you around the cliffs of Lookout Mountain.
Info: Rock City / 1400 Patten Rd. / Lookout Mountain, GA / 706-820-2531 / www.seerockcity.com
This state park is one of the hidden gems of the area (Hiking Adventures). Pack a picnic and hike to the bottom of the gorge to discover two impressive waterfalls. For extra fun count the steps on the 600-step staircase.
Info: Cloudland Canyon State Park / 122 Cloudland Canyon Park / Rising Fawn, GA / 706- 657-4050 / www.gastateparks.org/info/cloudland
Now that you have your morning inspiration, time to take in a real view of the Chattanooga area. Head over to the Lookout Mountain Flight Park, the largest and most successful full time hang gliding school in the US, to learn to soar like an eagle. They have several flying options for beginners including their tandem flights and introductory experience. Call ahead to make reservations.
Info: Lookout Mountain Flight Park / 7201 Scenic Hwy. / Rising Fawn, GA / 800-688-5637 / www.hanglide.com
Before dinner, head over to Sunset Rock to catch a stellar sunset. A short hike from the parking area will reward you with a nice view of the sunset atop 80 foot cliffs.
Info: See Hiking Adventures for detailed directions.
People drive from all over to have the culinary experience of Canyon Grill. Their menu changes daily boasting fresh food and flavors. BYOB - Dade County is a dry county so feel free to bring your own beer or wine - no corkage fee.
Info: Canyon Grill / 28 Scenic Hwy. / Rising Fawn, GA / 706-398-9510 / (Restaurant/Dining)
Start your second day by exploring some of Chattanooga’s numerous caves and caverns found nearby. We recommend checking out Ruby Falls which includes the nation’s highest underground waterfall that is open to the public. Another great option is Raccoon Mountain Caverns which features 5.5 miles of passageways and is considered to be one of the most geologically active caves in the South.
After going underground, time to sample some local beer and grub. Head on over to The Terminal Brewhouse which boasts six handcrafted brews and a solid selection of food. These folks do things right, as in green, from using local ingredients, growing herbs on their grass rooftop, to using all reclaimed wood for their table-tops.
Info: The Terminal Brewhouse / No. 6 14th St. / Chattanooga / 423-752-8090 / www.terminalbrewhouse.com
After sampling the local fare, time to get on the bike. With almost 18 miles of single-track atop the Tennessee River Gorge,Raccoon Mountain is THE mountain bike destination in Chattanooga. If dirt and two wheels is your thing, don’t skip this adventure.
Info: See Biking Adventures for detailed directions.
Now that Raccoon Mountain got your adrenaline going, time to get your game on with some paintball. Just a few minutes from downtown Chattanooga, Insane Paintball offers an indoor and outdoor course. Ask for Jared for a hook-up.
Info:Insane Paintball / 1200 Wisdom St. / Chattanooga / 423-624-2121 / www.insanepaint.com