5 Family Friendly Hiking Trails in Chattanooga
Chattanooga is known as a southeastern hub of outdoor recreation. In addition to regularly hosting fitness competitions such as the Ironman triathlon, Chattanooga offers iconic climbing areas like Stone Fort and Rocktown, world-class whitewater, and hiking trails that cater to all skill levels. Whether you are looking for a quick post-work hike or a weekend of backpacking, you are sure to encounter breathtaking views and beautiful scenery!
Sunset Rock is largely considered to be a must-see landmark in Chattanooga. This scenic overlook is the perfect place to bring friends and family, read a book, have a picnic, and watch the sun dip below the mountains. Keep your eyes peeled, you may even see a proposal while you’re taking in the view! Sunset Rock can be accessed via a quick walk from the parking lot on Lookout Mountain, the 3.4 mile Bluff Trail, or the 1.5-mile trail from Cravens’s house to Sunset Rock!
Distance from Riverview Inn: 11 minutes (3.4 miles)
Lula Lake Land Trust
For 24 years, Lula Lake has been working to preserve nearly 12,000 acres of land on Lookout Mountain. Not only does Lula Lake offer access to this stunning natural area, but they also help to educate the community and provide a space for research and reintroduction of important ecology. Lula Lake offers over 13 beautifully maintained trails and some of the most magnificent waterfalls and scenery in the region!
Lula Lake is a private land trust and access is limited. Click here for more information or to reserve spots for an open gate day. We promise you won’t want to miss out on seeing what Lula Lake has to offer!
Click here for a full map of the Lula Lake trail system.
Distance from Riverview Inn: 18 minutes (8.5 miles)
Glen falls is a wonderful trail that is perfect for kids, families, and pets! A total of 2 miles of trail, there and back, Glen Falls boasts a scenic overlook, a beautiful creek, and a waterfall! The trails are well-maintained and the tasteful man-made bridges and walkways make some of the uneven terrain more accessible to individuals of all ages and abilities! We recommend climbing through the stone doorway and up to the creek to skip some rocks and take in the sights.
Distance from Riverview Inn: 7 minutes (2.5 miles)
Located on Chattanooga’s North Shore, just miles away from Downtown Chattanooga, Stringer’s Ridge is a popular destination for hiking, mountain biking, and trail running. With 10 miles of trails covering 92 acres of land in North Chattanooga, Stringer’s Ridge offers something for everybody. The overlook pictured above gives hikers a breathtaking view of Downtown Chattanooga and the Tennessee River!
Distance from Riverview Inn: 15 minutes (7.1 miles)
Point Park Loop
Point Park, one of Chattanooga’s most picturesque destinations, is the site of “The Battle Above the Clouds” which was a notable Civil War battle fought in 1863. Point Park is accessible via a 5 mile loop that starts and ends at the Cravens House! Once you’re at Point Park, be sure to take a moment to check out the museum and learn about the significance the battle and the land played in the Civil War!
Distance from Riverview Inn: 11 minutes (3.6 miles)
With over 150 miles of unique trails available within a 30-minute drive from, Chattanooga is a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages! For more information on the trails listed above, as well as the numerous other trails available in the area, check out this article from our friends at RootsRated!