Coolidge Park (Riverfront Area)
Coolidge Park lies on the banks of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga. The park offers multiple grass fields, a giant fountain for kids of all ages to play in, a climbing wall, and a carousel with hand carved animals. Above the middle of the park is the world’s longest walking bridge, the Walnut Street Bridge. On a hot day, be sure to check out Clumpies Ice Cream located on the edge of Coolidge Park.
Directions: Take I-24 to 27 N to the Manufacturers Rd. exit. Take a right off of the exit ramp and continue on Manufacturers Rd. until it intersects Cherokee Blvd. Take a right on Cherokee Blvd. and proceed for .5 mile to turn right onto Tremont St. Park in the big parking lot 500 ft. on your right.
The Sinks Disc Golf (Hixson)
A tight, wooded, technical, 18 hole disc golf course located within 10 minutes of downtown Chattanooga. Features a 350 ft. driving range, a putting practice green, and bathrooms. For those dog lovers out there, the Sinks is a dog friendly course. Best of all, its free!
Directions: Take I-24 E to I-75 N to exit 4. Take Hwy 153 N across the Chickamauga Dam. Take exit 7/Access Rd. and go straight through first traffic circle to the second traffic circle. Left through traffic circle to N. Access Rd. 1 mile to right turn into entrance of N. River Soccer Complex. Right into gravel lot.
Go Climbing (St. Elmo)
Chattanooga is becoming a national climbing mecca. Folks come from all over to test their mettle on the Tennessee Wall in the Tennessee River Gorge. To soak in the local climbing culture head over to The Tennessee Bouldering Authority (TBA). Once you test your moves on TBA’s climbing wall, be sure to challenge Luis Rodriquez, TBA’s owner, to a game of foosball.
Directions: Go south on Broad St. towards Lookout Mountain. At the bottom of Lookout Mountain, take a left onto St. Elmo Ave. and continue straight to the four way stop. Go straight through the four way stop and make a left 100 ft. after the intersection into TBA’s parking lot. TBA is on the second floor of the building.
Tennessee Riverpark (Riverfront Area)
This riverside path parallels the Tennessee River from the Chickamauga Dam to Ross’s Landing Park in downtown Chattanooga. The trail length stretches for 10 miles and offers multiple water fountains and bathroom facilities. The Tennessee Riverpark is part of the Tennessee Riverpark System featuring the Tennessee Riverpark, Coolidge Park, Renaissance Park, Ross’s Landing, and the Walnut Street Bridge.
Directions: Take I-24 to 27 N. Follow 27 N to exit 1C (Fourth St.). Proceed to first traffic light (Chestnut St.) and take a left. Follow Chestnut St. for 3 blocks and turn right onto Hwy 58. Take Hwy 58 N (Amnicola Hwy.) for approx 6 miles to a left turn into the entrance of Riverpark.
Canoe to Maclellan Island (Riverfront Area)
Maclellan Island sits in downtown Chattanooga between Coolidge Park and the Hunter Museum. The island features an enclosed shelter and an observation platform for the viewing of the Great Blue Heron rookery. Start the canoe trip from Coolidge Park for a great view of Chattanooga’s Riverfront area.
Directions: Take 27 N to the Manufacturers Rd exit. Take a right onto Manufacturers Rd. and travel to Cherokee Blvd. Take a right on Cherokee Blvd. and travel for approx. .5 mile to Tremont St. Take a right on Tremont St. and continue straight to put in.