We aren’t the least bit surprised that Chattanooga has been named as the “Best Town Ever” by readers of Outside Magazine. The Scenic City offers many alternatives for outdoor fun, especially this time of year.
Chattanooga, the article notes, has “always had the potential to be a great adventure town. Climbers have been sending routes on the nearby sandstone cliffs for more than 30 years. A decade ago, the local mountain-bike club set out to build 100 miles of singletrack within ten miles of the city. They’re up to 120 miles, and there’s a midweek enduro series where you can rip dirt after work and be home in time for dinner.”
Some of the local highlights for outdoor enthusiasts:
Hiking – If this is the way you clear your head, Chattanooga’s got lots of space to do it in – over 150 miles of hiking trails on public land within 15 minutes of the urban center. Options exist for those wanting ADA accessibility. This can be one of the easiest, most affordable ways to enjoy being outdoors. Chattanooga’s rolling hills also make it a great place to host marathons, triathlons and 5Ks that allow runners to incorporate into their routes the downtown bridges, the Tennessee Riverpark and Stringers Ridge.
Paddleboarding - Rent a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) at L2 (100 Market Street) and explore the Tennessee River beneath sandstone bluffs that hug the mountains. SUP is a growing new water sport that combines surfing and canoeing by allowing a person to stand up on an oversized surfboard and propel him/herself with a single ended paddle.
Biking – Take a leisurely pedal down the 13-mile paved Riverwalk that parallels the Tennessee River with 150 acres of park space or go off-road to challenge yourself on Raccoon Mountain, just 15 miles from StoneFort Inn. Chattanooga’s a very bike-friendly town, from the terrain to the opportunities created for recreational cyclists.
Ziplining – Try the self-directed Ruby Falls ZIPstream Aerial Adventure, a series of fun, exciting, and increasingly challenging tree-to-tree activities. Courses are made up of suspended obstacles built in trees that include ladders, nets, walkways, bridges, tunnels, and zip lines! Recent additions feature a Tower ZIP Ride and Climbing Tower!
Rock Climbing – The mountains make for great spots to scale crags and boulders. Foster Falls is great for sport climbing, the Stone Fort/Little Rock City and Rocktown rock for Bouldering, while Sunset Rock and the Tennessee Wall are great for traditional climbing. The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park offers cool, shady places to climb. If you don’t want to venture that far from downtown, you can scale the Walnut Wall beneath the Walnut Street Bridge or try your skills at High Point Climbing and Fitness on Broad Street.
Hang Gliding – The Lookout Mountain Flight Park and Resort is the largest and most successful hang gliding school and resort in the United States. You’ll find it in Rising Fawn, just a short drive from Chattanooga. Fly tandem with an instructor piloting your hang glider or learn to fly solo on the small training hills.
Whitewater Rafting – The Ocoee River area offers fantastic views of mountains, rivers and lakes, as well as opportunities to go whitewater rafting and kayaking on the river. The 4-acre Ocoee Whitewater Center was completed for the 1996 Olympic Whitewater competition.
Whatever you choose to do, enjoy your time exploring the great outdoors in America’s Best Town Ever, then relax in your urban boutique inn in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, StoneFort Inn. Call 1.855.734.7829 or visit http://stonefortinn.com/ to make a reservation today.
An advantage of being a downtown urban boutique inn is StoneFort's proximity to the heart of everything great in Chattanooga. You don't have to travel very far to find something fun and interesting to do when you stay with us. Here are 5 ways to explore Chattanooga TN, including...
CARTA Electric ShuttleThe Downtown Electric Shuttle – CARTA, the city's public transit system, has one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the country. Chattanooga was the first in the nation to have free zero emissions electric vehicles.
They run daily at 5-minute intervals from the Southside to the Tennessee Aquarium with stops at every block in between, including a CARTA bus stop on Market Street that is a short walk from the StoneFort Inn. Simply pull the yellow cord or press the yellow tape above your head to let the bus driver know that you want to get off at the next stop. CARTA bus drivers can only stop at designated bus stops and where it is safe.
Bike Chattanooga – The transit system also offers hundreds of bicycles at over 30 stations located throughout the city and available for use 24/7, 365 days a year. One such station is just steps away from StoneFort Inn at the corner of MLK Blvd and Lindsay Street. You use a touchscreen kiosk and purchase a 24-hour pass to get a bike. When you're done, lock the bike back at any station near your destination and they'll make sure the bikes get redistributed to have enough at each station.
Chattanooga has been nationally recognized in publications like Bicycling Magazine as one of America's most bike-friendly cities. Note: You must be 16 years or older to use the Bike Chattanooga service.
Cab – There are multiple cab services in the immediate Chattanooga area. This can be a safe and convenient way to travel while visiting restaurants/bars on the Northshore. Make sure you check that you have your belongings when you exit a cab because it can be easy to drop something or forget.
Walking – Several great places are within walking distance of StoneFort Inn (TerraMae, Public House, Warehouse Road, Terminal, Honest Pint, Pickle Barrel, etc.) and a leisurely stroll can give you a chance to take in your surroundings and enjoy some fresh air while also getting exercise. Chattanooga offers a variety of walking parks, promenades and public art displays. If walking is your thing, Chattanooga has one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges and a long riverwalk area.
Wherever you're headed (and however you get there), we hope you enjoy your time with us in Chattanooga and return safely to rest your head at StoneFort Inn.
To make your reservations, call 855.734.7829 or book online at BookingCenterWritten by Steven Stiefel