Perfect Weekend In Chattanooga
Only have time for a weekend getaway to Chattanooga? We’ve got you covered with our guide to the best way to spend a Perfect Weekend in Chattanooga.
Picnic at Cloudland Canyon State Park: Start your weekend by heading up to one of the hidden gems of the area-the Cloudland Canyon State Park. 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: See Hiking Adventures-West Rim, page 10 for detailed directions.
Bird’s Eye View: Now that you’ve gotten in a nice hike, 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
Hit the Riverfront: After spending most of the day outside of the city, time to head in to the Scenic City to experience the sites and sounds of one of the coolest riverfront areas around. A 10 mile trail, Coolidge Park, Renaissance Park, the pedestrian only Walnut St. Bridge and Ross’ Landing are the cornerstones of the Tennessee Riverpark. Info: See River Adventures- Maclellan Island, page 5 for detailed directions. Riverpark Info-423-757-PLAY / www.chattanooga.gov
Go Underground: Start your second day by heading underground to take in some of Chattanooga’s breathtaking geological wonders. To get a real appreciation for these wonders we recommend exploring the numerous caves and caverns found nearby. Some highlights include Ruby Falls and Raccoon Mountain Caverns. Ruby Falls includes the nation’s highest underground waterfall that is open to the public. Raccoon Mountain Caverns Info: Ruby Falls / 1720 S. Scenic Hwy. / Chattanooga / 423-821-2544 /
www.rubyfalls.com * Raccoon Mountain Caverns / 319 West Hills Rd. / Chattanooga / 423-475-6939 / www.raccoonmountain.com
Mountain Bike at Raccoon Mountain: After getting a dose of some underground fun, 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-Raccoon Mountain, page 6 for detailed directions.
Catch a Sunset: To cap off your perfect weekend, head over to Lookout Mountain for a stellar sunset on Sunset Rock. 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-Sunset Rock, page 10 for detailed directions.