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5 Family-Friendly Hiking Trails in Chattanooga

Chattanooga is known as a southeastern hub for outdoor recreation. From rock climbing to world-class whitewater rafting, Chattanooga seems to have it all. Not to mention — there is plenty of hiking trails that cater to all skill levels. With all of the nature surrounding the city, it's almost too easy to find a trail to hike in Chattanooga. But where to start? If you are only visiting the city for the weekend or want something easy for the whole family to enjoy, you may want to start with a short hike. Rest assured that no matter what you choose, you will encounter breathtaking views and beautiful scenery along the way.

So let's get started! We put together a list of Chattanooga hiking trails that are relatively close to downtown and enjoyable for all skill levels. 

Sunset Rock

Sunset Rock is largely considered to be a must-see landmark in Chattanooga with some of the best Lookout Mountain hiking trails. 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 hike from the parking lot on Lookout Mountain (off W. Brow Rd.), 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)

Difficulty: Easy

Lula Lake Land Trust

Since 1994, 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!

It is important to note that Lula Lake is a private land trust and access is limited. Learn about their public access dates and reserve a spot for an open gate day. While this is not a free hiking option, 100% of all proceeds going to the preservation of Lula Lake. We promise you won’t want to miss out on seeing what Lula Lake has to offer! 

Download a full map of the Lula Lake Land Trust so you are prepare for your unique hiking experience. 

Distance from Riverview Inn: 18 minutes (8.5 miles)

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Glen Falls

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)

Difficulty: Easy

Stringer’s Ridge

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 gives hikers a breathtaking view of Downtown Chattanooga and the Tennessee River!

Distance from Riverview Inn: 15 minutes (7.1 miles)

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

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)

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Find a Place to Stay after a Short Hike in Chattanooga

With more than 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! 

Take in more of the beautiful scenery Chattanooga has to offer by staying in town for the weekend. At RiverView Inn, we offer 10 unique rooms, with a lovely views of the Tennessee River. 

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