Best Trail Runs | Chattanooga
Ready to head out on a run in Chattanooga? Our guide to some of the best trail runs and places to go running in Chattanooga has a few quick options for people looking for a run. Check back in the next few weeks as we work on adding additional Chattanooga Outdoor Adventures to our guide.
Red Trail Loop (Chickamauga Battlefield): This adventure offers roads and trails that will take runners past scenic views and historical Civil War sites. Many different route options to choose from with over 15 miles of hiking trails and 20 miles of low traffic roads. We suggest checking out the 9 mile Red Trail Loop that is marked with red blazes.
Directions: Take I-24 E to exit 180. At the intersection of Battlefield Parkway, continue straight through the intersection onto Lafayette Rd. to the park entrance 1 mile ahead. The Visitor Center is located on the right just after entering the park.
Mullins Cove Loop (Cumberland Trail, Prentice Cooper State Forest): A 10.5 mile loop that will take runners around the east and west rim of Prentice Cooper. Be prepared for tight and technical hiking trails that seem to have a constant change in elevation. After enduring miles of challenging trail, runners will be rewarded with the overlook at Mullins Cove.
Directions: Take US-127 N to the Signal Mountain Rd. exit. Stay on Signal Mountain Rd. for 3.1 miles until a left turn onto Suck Creek Rd. Stay on Suck Creek Rd. for approx. 9 miles until a left turn at Choctaw Rd. Follow Choctaw for 0.25 mile. Left turn onto Game Reserve Rd. Cumberland Trail parking approximately 4 miles on right.
Run the River Walk (Chattanooga): A great place to go for a run in downtown Chattanooga. A paved, 7 mile pathway that will take runners from downtown Chattanooga, along the Tennessee River, to the Chickamauga Dam. After working up an appetite, check out the Boathouse Restaurant located on the River Walk about 3 miles from downtown Chattanooga.
Directions: Take Hwy 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 approximately 6 miles to a left turn into the entrance of Riverpark.
Possum Creek Section of the Three Gorges Segment (Cumberland Trail, Soddy Daisy): This strenuous 9.5 mile trail, offering 1,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, descends into the gorge of Big Possum Creek, climbs out of the gorge to the top of Hughes Ridge, descends into the gorge of Little Possum Creek, then climbs again to the top of the plateau at Retro-Hughes Road between Little Possum and Rock Creek gorges. Highlights include overlooks, deep river gorges, rock formations and waterfalls.
Directions from Chattanooga: Take Hwy 27 N 21 miles and stay left to take TN 111 N toward Dunlap. Proceed 4 miles to Jones Gap Rd. exit and turn right. Take immediate right onto Heiss Mountain Rd., a dead-end road that parallels TN 111. Proceed 0.5 mile from the service station at Jones Gap Rd. to the end of a guard rail on the left and the nearby trailhead. Parking is available along the side of the road.