Activity Highlight#1: PADDLE BOARDING

Paddling in Chattanooga isn’t just about the water but also the landscapes that line its shores. The 36,200 acres of waterscape extends to the expansive Chickamauga Lake, a reservoir on the Tennessee River. Tagged as a haven for boaters, kayakers and anglers alike, you can traverse its numerous coves, islands and inlets offering a unique perspective of the surrounding natural beauty. Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or a first-timer, they have local outfitters to provide tours, basic orientation, equipment rentals and expert advice to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. 


South Chickamauga Creek Greenway – have spots for birdwatching, picnicking, and wildlife observation. It’s also pet friendly. Free entrance.

Greenway Farm Park – best for fishing and other variety of recreational pursuits. Free entrance.

West Forks of Chickamauga Creek  – have beautiful picnic areas and gazebo. A nominal fee is required upon entry for maintenance and preservation of the place. 

Lookout Creek – are for nature enthusiasts and history buffs. This tranquil waterway invites visitors to partake in an array of activities from leisurely kayaking and canoeing to informative guided tours that delve into the region’s Civil War archive and Native American heritage. The educational programs may involve minimal fees.


Hiwassee River – offers a diverse range of activities. You can enjoy rafting and kayaking through exhilarating rapids and scenic stretches.  Oftentimes, visitors are relaxing while waiting to catch trout and other freshwater species. Additionally, camping facilities are available for those extending their stay. While specific fees can vary depending on the chosen activity and location, a combination of free and paid options are generally given to cater to various preferences and budgets. 

Nantahala River – is located in the Forest of North Carolina. It is for those looking for an adrenaline rush. Fees for activities differ for rafting trips, permits for fishing and campsite reservations.

Cartecay River – is known for kayaking and tubing through the frothy rapids. It costs $30 to $50 per person depending on the rental and tour packages. 

Chattooga River – have guided tours for detailed information on the region’s ecology and history or camping at Chattahoochee National Forest. These fees are for rafting adventures at $50 per person, fishing permits at $10 per day and camping for $10 to $30 per night.

So whenever you are ready, just drop by to try this exciting activity and make sure to read their safety guidelines at the website.

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