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See Rock City This Fall 13 Oct 2016, 2:00 am
There are so many wonderful reasons to visit Chattanooga in the fall that we can’t possibly do them all justice. However, there’s one place to visit in Chattanooga that, in our mind, rises far above the rest. Perhaps because it’s so conveniently located to our Bed and Breakfast, just across the street, or perhaps because it really is just that special and unique. We think it’s the latter, but you should come see for yourself. Book a room at our luxurious Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast this fall, and explore the stunning beauty of Rock City and the rest of Lookout Mountain’s attractions.
Rock City in the Fall
Everyone should see the stunning natural formations at Rock City at least once in their lifetime. There’s a reason it is one of Chattanooga’s top attractions, but it’s a place truly like none other. Once you enter Rock City Gardens, you’ll find a paved path that winds through amazing natural rock formations. Along the journey, you’ll find including narrow pathways through large rocks, like “Fat Mans Squeeze”, scenic look-out points, a beautiful suspension bridge, and an underground cavern. Along the way, you’re sure to enjoy many delights and surprises in the gardens themselves. The highlight of the journey for most visitors is Lover’s Leap, which is home to Lookout Mountain’s famed “Seven States View.” If you happen to come to our Bed and Breakfast during November or December, don’t miss the stunning lighted display known as the Enchanted Garden of Lights.
Though they are separate attractions, it would be hard to talk about visiting Rock City this fall without mentioning the other Lookout Mountain attractions, such as Ruby Falls and the Incline Railway. Ruby falls, and dramatic underground waterfall, is one of the South’s must-see attractions. For a truly unique experience this fall, try anintimate, guided lantern tour. This unique experience allows visitors a rarely-seen view deep within Lookout Mountain, and will allow you to experience Ruby Falls in a whole new light. The Incline Railway is an enjoyable 1 mile up trip up a 72.7% graded incline. The experience is a must, and the views this fall are incredible.
After a fun-filled day of adventure, head to downtown Chattanooga for a drink or two, followed by a delicious dinner.If you need some ideas of where to go, we’re happy to help. For an incredible fall adventure in Chattanooga, book your room at our Tennessee Bed and Breakfast today.
10 Places to See Fall Foliage in Chattanooga 26 Sep 2016, 11:34 am
Fall is finally here, and we are excited about all of the possibilities the autumn season brings to Chattanooga. Though there’s plenty to love about the Scenic City throughout the entire year, there’s no doubt that fall is special. Hailed has one of the country’s best destinations for outdoor recreation, we can’t think of a better time to visit Chattanooga than the month of October. Take part in a variety of recreational activities, from hiking, biking, and rock climbing, to boating, caving, and whitewater rafting, all while enjoying the spectacular fall colors that paint the hills this time of year. Book your stay at our Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast, and experience a little magic in Tennessee this fall.
Find the Fall Colors
Though there is no exact science to predicting the peak of Chattanooga’s fall foliage, there are definitely hints of Chattanooga’s fall color show in the making. Prime fall foliage season usually ranges from mid October to early November, so there is still plenty of time to plan your trip to Chattanooga. Soon, the vibrant crimsons, fiery oranges, and bright pops of yellow will dominate the landscapes in and around Chattanooga. Whether you choose to experience the vibrant fall colors in Chattanooga by bike, boat, train, foot, or car, you can’t go wrong. Here are our favorite ways to see Chattanooga’s spectacular fall colors this fall:
- Bike or walk along the 13 mile Riverwalk, which travels along the Tennessee River and through the scenic Bluff View Arts District
- Hop on a mountain bike and explore the trails at Stringers Ridge Park
- Walk through Rock City Gardens, then take in the incredible view from Sunset Rock on Lookout Mountain
- Take a cruise of the Tennessee River Gorge aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat
- Explore Chattanooga’s countryside by train with the Tennessee Valley Railroad
- Hike up to Signal Point, and enjoy the views of the stunning Tennessee River Gorge from above
- Spend a day and take a scenic drive into the Great Smoky Mountains
- Enjoy the views from Snooper’s Rock in the Prentice Cooper State Forest
- Enjoy a scenic drive along the Pie-in-the-sky trail, one of the best ways to see the the peaks and valleys of beautiful Southeast Tennessee.
- Enjoy the magic of fall in Tennessee from Chanticleer Inn’s own lush gardens
It doesn’t matter where you go to see the fall colors in Chattanooga. The kaleidoscope of color provided by the oaks, maples, poplars and other hardwood trees transforms the landscapes into something magical. Book a room at our Tennessee Bed and Breakfast, and come see firsthand why Chattanooga is hailed as one of the best places to see Tennessee’s fall colors.
Discover the Chattanooga RiverRocks Festival 19 Sep 2016, 2:00 am
Throughout the month of October, visitors to Chattanooga have the incredible opportunity of seeing at least part of the popular Chattanooga RiverRocks Festival. This month long festival features dozens events throughout the region, but all of them seek to inspire visitors and competitors to get outside, get active, and have fun while doing it. Competitors, from amateurs just looking to try something new to world-class athletes serious about competition, descend upon Chattanooga from all corners of the world. Come see why Chattanooga is heralded as such an incredible destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Book your room at our romantic Bed and Breakfast this fall, and take in the exciting events at Chattanooga’s RiverRocks Festival.
Chattanooga RiverRocks Festival Events
Whether you just want to watch some of these great athletes compete, or whether you want to get in on the action itself, there is plenty to do in Chattanooga during the month of October. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to try new activities, enjoy great music, and take advantage of the city’s incredible outdoor spaces. From trail running, hiking, cycling, paddling, climbing, and more, you’ll soon see why Chattanooga is an incredible adventure destination. Some of the festival events include:
- Rock/Creek Stump Jump 50K, October 1: This race is considered to be the largest and most competitive 50K trail race in the Southeast. It takes place on the beautiful singletrack trails of Signal Mountain and Walden Ridge, and features an elevation gain of more than 4,400 feet.
- Swim the Suck, October 8: This 10-mile, open-water swim through the Tennessee River Gorge, which has been a part of the RiverRocks Festival from the beginning, is one of the most sought-after open-water swims in the world.
- 7 Bridges Marathon, October 16: Take a scenic tour of downtown Chattanooga across it’s scenic bridges. You’ll cross the Tennessee River multiple times throughout the race, and will see some of Chattanooga’s top attractions along the way.
- Triple Crown of Bouldering, October 21: A bouldering competition at one of Chattanooga’s premiere bouldering destinations, Stone Fort (formerly known as Little Rock City).
- Chattajack 31, October 22: Chattajack, one of the largest paddling events in the country, is a unique endurance kayak/paddleboard race featuring a 31-mile trip through the Tennessee River Gorge.
- Trailblaze Challenge, October 22: If a 26 mile run across Chattanooga’s most scenic bridges isn’t enough for you, perhaps a 26 mile hike is. This beautiful new event begins at the base of Cloudland Canyon and finishes atop Lookout Mountain at Lula Lake Land Trust, and benefits Chattanooga’s Make-a-Wish East Tennessee.
- Lula Lake Land Trust 5 Points 50/25, October 15: This is Chattanooga’s ultimate endurance mountain bike race, with a new 25-mile option, perfect for those novice racers who want a taste of an endurance mountain biking.
If you find that an event is already sold out for the year, don’t fret. The Chattanooga RiverRocks Festival is always looking for volunteers to help out during the big events, and it’s a great way to get right into the middle of the action. Just be sure to keep on eye on registration information for next year, and sign up early. We look forward to seeing you this fall for the annual RiverRocks Festival. Book your stay at our Lookout Mountain Bed and Breakfast today!
Discover the Northshore Neighborhood in Chattanooga 29 Aug 2016, 2:00 am
Chattanooga is an interesting and diverse set of neighborhoods, all with their unique culture. Cross any one of the four bridges connecting downtown and the north bank of the Tennessee River, and you’ll find yourself in the fashionable Northshore neighborhood. The Northshore is widely considered to be the Mecca for dining, shopping and just hanging out among the eclectic mix of people. In fact, the slogan of the Northshore District is “Where Hip Meets Historical.” Exploring this charming neighborhood is just one of the many fun and exciting things you can do this fall when you come to Chattanooga. Book your room at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast on Lookout Mountain, and get ready for a Chattanooga adventure like no other.
A guide to the Northshore
Chattanooga’s historic Northshore neighborhood offers the tourists and locals like the quintessential shopping experience. Here, you’ll find beautiful tree-lined streets, locally owned boutiques in 100-year-old buildings and sidewalks adorned with public art. Goods range from haute couture to clothing that is hip and trendy, to shoes, artwork, antiques, and just about everything in between. After a busy day of shopping, the Northshore Neighborhood is the perfect place to grab a delicious bit to eat as well.
The best and easiest way to begin your shopping journey in the Northshore is to start on Frazier Avenue. Parking behind the shops near the popular Coolidge Park is easy. From there, you’re free to explore any number of the shops in the area. Favorites include:
- Tangerinas has a great selection of recycled artwork and jewelry.
- Plum Nelly sells a tremendous variety of goods, jewelry, dinnerware, art and hand-blown glassware from local artist Prentice Hicks.
- Barefoot Bandits is a charming children’s boutique selling lines like Tea, LUCKY and Skip Hop.
- Frankie & Julians is the place to go if you’re looking for a beautiful, curated selection of women’s designer dresses, jeans, shoes and accessories.
- In-Town Gallery is the nation’s oldest artist co-operative, and a wonderful place to find local artwork in a variety of mediums, including oils, watercolor, photography, metalwork, pottery, jewelry, ink/paper, fabric and more.
- Blue Skies is a charming gift store with jewelry, accessories and a large selection of unique and interesting cards.
- Winder Binder Gallery is a wonderful place to look for books and local folk art.
- The Northshore2 Complex features local outfitter Rock/Creek’s flagship location, with plenty of small, locally owned shops to explore. Highlights include Willa Collection, The Sandbox, Chattanooga Shoe Company, and Belle River Boutique.
With probably the highest concentration of locally owned restaurants in Chattanooga, the Northshore truly has something for every taste and budget.
- Foodworks is a classic, fine dining restaurant featuring progressive Southern cuisine.
- Sushi Nabe is a longtime Chattanooga favorite, and was the first establishment to serve raw fish in the late 90’s.
- Beast & Barrel Gastro Smokehouse is the perfect place for a quick snack. Their “Jerky of the Day” is always delicious, but if you want to stay for longer, try their beer-can chicken.
- Embargo ’62 offers a fresh take on authentic Cuban and craft cocktails. Try the authentic Hemingway Royale cocktail or the tasty Lechon Completa with Congi and Sweet Plantains.
- Taco Mamacita is the perfect place to go for a quick bite to eat. Here, you’ll find an interesting range of fusion tacos, like the Loaded Gyro Taco and the Shrimp Po’ Boy BLT.
- River Street Deli is where you go when you’re craving a sandwich from an authentic New York-style delicatessen.
- Brewhaus and the Pub on Frazier are two spectacular places to go for great, simple food and spectacular views of Frazier Avenue or the Tennessee River.
- Julie Darling Donuts is an impossible place to resist when you’re in the mood for something sweet.
- Clumpie’s Ice Cream is a Chattanooga original, offering plenty of unique and delicious treats to cool you down on a hot afternoon–or really anytime you need a treat.
An exquisite day of shopping followed by some of the best food in all of Chattanooga. What more could you ask for? After what is surely going to be a busy day on the Northshore, the luxurious accommodations at the Chanticleer Inn on Lookout Mountain will be waiting for you. Our rooms feature comfortable pillow top beds, luxurious bathrobes to lounge in, private outdoor patios, and more. Book your room at our luxurious boutique hotel today, and let us help you discover the best of Chattanooga’s Northshore Neighborhood.
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Explore Lookout Mountain This Summer 20 Aug 2016, 2:00 am
With a variety of activities to enjoy, from the romantic evenings downtown to adrenaline-pumping adventure, it’s no surprise that Chattanooga consistently ranks as one of the top travel destinations in the South. Lookout Mountain, located just 6 short miles outside of downtown Chattanooga, is one of the most popular attractions in the Scenic City. Here, you’ll find Rock City Gardens, the incredible Ruby Falls, the Incline Railway, Civil War Battlefields, a variety of hiking trails, and the spectacular 7-states view from the tip of Lover’s Leap. These attractions also happen to be conveniently located right across the street from our luxury Chattanooga Inn. Book your room at our Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast today, and discover the majesty of Lookout Mountain with us this fall.
Discover Lookout Mountain
Our Inn’s prime location on Lookout Mountain gives you endless opportunities to explore this beautiful natural setting, which features massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking panoramic views. Start your day with a delicious and relaxing gourmet breakfast at our Bed and Breakfast, then head across the street for a day of adventure like no other.
Since Ruby Falls opens early at 8am, we recommend starting your day plunging far below ground to the depths of Ruby Falls. Ruby Falls is the world’s tallest underground waterfall, and is truly a beautiful sight to behold. Guided tours lead you through a fascinating cavern to the sparkling 145-foot underground waterfall. Inside the cave, it’s a constant 59 degrees, so be sure and take something warm while underground.
Rock City Gardens
Rock City Gardens is a truly spectacular sight, and a definite must-see attraction when you’re in Chattanooga. Here, you’ll discover soaring rock formations, beautiful caves, and lush gardens. From here, you’ll also find what are considered to be the best views over the Chattanooga Valley. From a elevation of 1,700 feet, Lover’s Leap, Observation Point, and the famous Seven-States View are absolutely stunning on a clear day.
Take a 1 mile journey up Lookout Mountain’s Incline Railway, made famous as the world’s steepest passenger railway. This iconic railway has been in operation since 1895. For some added interest, stop in the Incline Railway’s Machine room, where the giant gears that pull the railway operate.
Civil War Battlefields
The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military State Park is the largest and oldest Civil War National Park. Civil War history enthusiasts should not miss a visit to both Lookout Mountain Battlefield and Chickamauga Battlefield, where the Battle of Lookout Mountain took place. This battle is widely considered to be a major turning point in the war for the Union Army. Also, Sunset Rock, a popular trail and tourist stop, is located on the northwest side of Lookout Mountain and is part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military State Park. Once known as Point Lookout, Sunset Rock provides a view of the Tennessee River, Signal Mountain and Prentice Cooper State Forest.
After your fun day of exploring the beautiful attractions on Lookout Mountain, you don’t have far to go to return to the luxurious accommodations at our romantic Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy the natural beauty of Lookout Mountain this fall when you Book your room at our luxury Bed and Breakfast.
Explore the Craft Beer Scene in Chattanooga 29 Jul 2016, 2:00 am
Summertime in Chattanooga is exquisite. Endless adventures along the Tennessee River Valley, captivating sunsets, and exhilarating activities on both land and water to enjoy. There’s no doubt that the people of Chattanooga work hard, but they also play hard. This mindset is reflected in title “Best Town Ever” by Outside Magazine. Spend a day outside exploring Chattanooga’s gorgeous landscapes. Afterwards, unwind and cool off with a craft beer in Chattanooga’s best breweries. Book your stay at our extraordinary Bed and Breakfast, and experience the best of Chattanooga this summer.
Craft Beer in Chattanooga
Chattanooga has a long history of crafting and enjoying beer. Today’s Chattanooga offers beer-lovers an ever-increasing supply of unique and delicious craft brews. In fact, Livablity.com recently named Chattanooga one of the top 10 beer cities. The most popular place for craft beer in Chattanooga is Big River Grille and Brewing Works. Though Big River Grille is now a national chain with over 200 locations across the country, it was Chattanooga’s first brew pup in the 1990’s. Another popular brewery is Chattanooga’s locally owned and operated Terminal Brewhouse. This brewery, located in the historic Stong Building, has been at the forefront of the local craft beer scene. Their signature brews, which include the Magnum P.A., Terminally Ale and Southsidenstein Stout, are made in house in the basement. The tanks are even visible from the railings of each floor of the building. Other Chattanooga breweries include the Chattanooga Brewing Company, which pays homage to the original Chattanooga brewery that operated between 1890-1915, and Hutton & Smith Brewery, featuring rock-climbing related craft beers like Igneous IPA, Coffee Porterledge and the Rope Gun Rye.
Breweries aren’t the only place you’ll find delicious craft beer in Chattanooga. This August, crowds will swarm the Chattanooga Riverfront for the annual Southern Brewer’s Festival. Here, you’ll find craft beers from over 50 different breweries, plus lots of music and other entertainment. Visitors to Chattanooga can also explore the craft beer scene aboard the popular pints and pedals tour, or the Chattanooga Brew Choo Tour. Both tours will introduce participants to the hottest bars and breweries in the Chattanooga area, but will require a little work to get there first, as you’ll have to do all the pedaling along the way. Finally, if you’re just looking for a quick cool down on a hot summer afternoon, try one of these favorite watering holes: The Flying Squirrel, Brewhaus Restaurant, Hair of the Dog Pub, The Honest Pint, Tremont Tavern, or The Feed Co. Table & Tavern.
No matter how you spend your days, let your night unwind with a delicious craft beer at one of these popular Chattanooga Restaurants or bars. Afterwards, relax further in the luxurious accommodations at our Lookout Mountain Bed and Breakfast. Book your room today!
Chasing Waterfalls In Chattanooga 15 Jul 2016, 2:00 am
With access to some of the country’s best venues for rock climbing, road and mountain biking, hiking, white-water rafting, paddling, and more, Chattanooga is the place to be this summer. Whether you’re looking for action packed adventure or a quiet, relaxing escape into nature, there’s definitely something for you here. A perennial favorite summer activity in Chattanooga is cooling off in the water. Whether you’re in it, on it, or just admiring it, the waterways in and around Chattanooga are an integral part to an enjoyable summer vacation. Come explore the waterfalls around Chattanooga, and you’ll probably find your new favorite summer swimming hole while you’re at it. Book your room at our luxurious Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast today.
Waterfalls Near Chattanooga
It’s no secret that Tennessee is home to some of the best waterfalls and swimming holes in the country. Some are easily accessible, but some are off the beaten path and require a bit of effort. Though there are more waterfalls in the Chattanooga area than we can name, you can’t go wrong with a visit to any one of these ten great falls.
- Falling Water Falls is a 110 foot waterfall that spills over the Cumberland Plateau. The mist from the falls keeps the gorge moist most of the year, but it’s easily accessible from the trailhead in the parking lot, making it an easy waterfall to check off your list.
- Greeter Falls is located in the South Cumberland State Park, and is one of the best waterfall hikes in the area. Actually, if you follow the Greeter Falls Loop Trail at Savage Gulf, you’ll be rewarded with three incredible waterfalls: Upper Greeter Falls, Lower Greeter Falls, and Boardtree Falls. The picturesque pool at the base of Lower Greeter Falls is one of the best swimming holes around.
- Laurel Falls, located in the Laurel Snow State Natural Area, is found at the end of one of the most scenic sections of the Cumberland Trail. It’s a bit of a rugged trail at times, but a trailside pool offers a great spot to take a break.
- Foster Falls, also located in the South Cumberland State Park, is considered one of the top 25 hikes in the country. Here, you can enjoy seasonal camping, and trail access to the bottom of the falls as well as multiple overlooks. Foster Falls also happens to be a major sport climbing destination in the Southeast, with nearly 200 sport climbing routes to explore.
- DeSoto Falls, located in DeSoto State Park, is worth the longer drive. The waterfall starts at a concrete dam at the very top, before meandering down further and cascading 80 feet into a huge plunge pool. You may even see cavers on hot summer days rappelling right into the lake (a special permit is required for this).
- Fall Creek Falls is an incredible 256 feet high, making it the highest free-falling waterfall in the eastern U.S. Even in mid-summer, a steady flow of water makes this a picturesque spot to spend a day.
- Ozone Falls is the furthest from Chattanooga, but worth it to see the water plummeting 110 feet off a sandstone shelf into yet another beautiful swimming pool.
- Hemlock/Cherokee Falls aren’t two far away, and are the two major waterfalls located in Cloudland Canyon state park. Both are accessed by a short hike, with Cherokee Falls being quite picturesque, with a lovely grove of trees at the edge of its plunge pool.
- Ruby Falls, just across the street from our Bed and Breakfast, is one of the most popular Lookout Mountain Attractions. It’s different from all the rest, because the waterfall itself is located over 1,120 feet below the surface.
Enjoy a day in Chattanooga’s great outdoors, while seeking some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state of Tennessee. All of this and more is at your fingertips, when you stay at our Lookout Mountain Bed and Breakfast.
Paddle the Tennessee River 28 Jun 2016, 2:00 am
Flowing through the heart of Chattanooga are the winding, beautiful waters of the Tennessee River. It’s home to famous rowing regattas like the Head of the Hooch, and is well known as an incredible whitewater rafting destination. However, increasingly, locals and visitors alike are discovering that there’s more to the Tennessee River. From canoeing and kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding, a paddle along the Tennessee River is a great way to see Chattanooga’s most beautiful and iconic features. Book your room at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast on Lookout Mountain, and start planning your next paddling adventure on the beautiful Tennessee River.
Paddle in Chattanooga
The stretch of the Tennessee River near Chattanooga, which stretches from the Chickamauga Dam Recreation Area to Nickajack Lake, was designated a National Scenic River Trail in 2002. Along this 50 mile stretch of river, there are some truly stunning places to paddle, including the 26-mile segment through the Tennessee River Gorge called the Grand Canyon of Tennessee. Rental equipment is available at Rock Creek Outfitters, L2, and River Canyon Kayak. Some of the most popular paddling areas in the greater Chattanooga area include:
Chickamauga Dam Recreation Area
The Chickamauga Dam Recreation Area is a great place for beginners to try their hand at paddling. The waters here aren’t riddled with strong currents and are plenty shallow, which makes it a great place to test your balance on a stand-up paddle board (SUP).
McClellan (Audubon) Island
Audubon Island is a 19-acre wildlife preserve in the middle of the Tennessee River. This beautiful park-like island is a great place to stop and rest as you paddle down the river, and is located just upstream from the iconic Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge in Chattanooga. While you’re there, enjoy the 1.5 miles of hiking trails, and see how many different species of plants and animals you can identify.
South Tennessee River
If it’s the incredible scenery of the Tennessee River that you’re after, then you’ll want to head to the south side of the river. From here, you’ll paddle under the Walnut Street Bridge before passing the towering limestone cliffs of Chattanooga’s Bluff View Arts District. High on the cliffs you’ll see the impressive architecture of the Hunter Museum of American Art; a sight best enjoyed from the waters of the Tennessee River.
Tennessee River Gorge
Coolidge Park is a great place to launch if you’re wanting to take a brief tour of Chattanooga’s most famous places before heading into what is arguably the most scenic stretch of the entire Tennessee River. This paddle will lead you through downtown, where you can enjoy the “cannon” water fountains at the Tennessee Aquarium. Shortly after passing through downtown Chattanooga, you’ll round Moccasin Bend and enter the stunning Tennessee River Gorge. This impressive gorge is lined with trees and is a popular place to spot Bald Eagles.
There are also a variety of other interesting creeks and tributaries around Chattanooga in which you can paddle. Popular creeks include Lookout Mountain Creek and West Chickamauga Creek. No matter where you choose to paddle, you’ll be rewarded with iconic views of Chattanooga and the incredible scenery of the Tennessee River Valley. Afterwards, relax at our luxurious Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast, the premiere lodging choice in the greater Chattanooga area. Book your room with us today.
The Best Rock Climbing in Chattanooga 18 Jun 2016, 2:00 am
If there’s one thing to know about Chattanooga, it’s that it’s an incredible destination for outdoor recreation. If you happen to love the thrill of adrenaline coursing through your veins, even better. Chattanooga was named the “Best Town Ever” by Outside Magazine for good reason. It is an incredible destination filled with a tremendous variety of outdoor adventures for all types. Whether it’s rock climbing, road and mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, white-water rafting, hang gliding, caving, or just about any other adventurous activity you can think of, you’ll find it right here in the exciting city of Chattanooga. Book your room at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast on Lookout Mountain, and spend your days scaling some of the most challenging rock in the country.
Unbeatable Rock Climbing
There’s no doubt about it; Chattanooga is a rock climbing paradise. Not only can climbers enjoy the challenge year-round, but Chattanooga is covered in what is known as Southern Sandstone. This incredible rock type provides a unique variation of climbs in a relatively small geographical area. All together, there are hundreds of climbing routes available in a 45 minute radius of Chattanooga. While most areas only excel in one type of rock climbing, Chattanooga has it all; bouldering, traditional and sport climbing. It’s no wonder climbers from all over the country have Chattanooga at the top of their lists.
Though there are a great variety of places to go rock climbing in Chattanooga, here are five of the most popular:
Stone Fort is one of the best bouldering fields in the entire country. It’s a must on any rock climber’s list. Some of the not-to-miss classics include Super Mario (V4), The Sternum (V5), and Tennessee Thong (V7).
Sunset Rock is easily considered the “crown jewel” of southern sandstone climbing. Sunset Rock, a long, linear cliff line, is conveniently located along the north side of Lookout Mountain. Much of this climb remains shaded during the heat of the day, making it fairly comfortable in the hot summer sun.
Rocktown is a bit farther away and requires some hiking to get to the best climbing. Once there, Rocktown boasts more than 500 established problems, including Soap on a Rope (V4) and Golden Harvest (V10).
Foster Falls is part of South Cumberland State Park. It features some of the most popular year-round sport climbing in the area. There are a total of 179 routes at a wide variety of grades and heights, including vertical to overhanging sandstone. What makes this location even better is the beautiful view of 80-foot tall Foster Falls during the approach. Splashing around in the falls is also a great way to cool off post-climb.
The Tennessee Wall is a fiery orange sandstone cliff bordering the Tennessee River. Known locally as T-Wall, this two mile long climbing wall is famous for its diverse features including cracks, arêtes, dihedrals, and overhanging walls and roofs.
After what is sure to be a long and exhausting day scaling steep rock faces, there’s no doubt you’ll be looking forward to sinking into the luxurious atmosphere found at our Bed and Breakfast. Book your stay with us today, and get ready for the rock climbing adventure of your life.
Whitewater Rafting in Chattanooga 23 May 2016, 2:00 am
Warmer weather is here, and it’s time to start planning all of the fantastic outdoor adventures you’re going to take this year. Chattanooga is one destination that should definitely be on your list. It has long been hailed as a premiere outdoors destination, recently even beating competitors out around the country to earn the title the “Best Town Ever” by outside magazine. Whether it’s rock climbing, road and mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, white-water rafting, hang gliding, caving, or just about any other adventurous activity you can think of, you’ll find it right here in the exciting city of Chattanooga. With water flowing through the very heart of the city, Chattanooga is a virtual water playground for anyone looking to do some whitewater rafting or paddling. Get your adventure on this summer, and book your room at our Tennessee Bed and Breakfast today.
Challenging Whitewater Rafting
Whether it’s on the Hiwassee, Ocoee, Chickamauga, Sequatchie, or the Tennessee River itself, there are tremendous opportunities for whitewater rafting in and around Chattanooga. There are waters suitable for beginners up through advanced paddlers seeking the ultimate thrill. Two of the most beautiful and popular rivers in the area for whitewater rafting are the Ocoee and the Hiwassee, and there are several rafting companies just waiting to take you on a thrilling adventure. Guide companies on the Ocoee River will take you through a series of class III-IV rapids perfect for adults and kids ages 14 and older. The rolling waters of the Hiwassee River are a little more tame, featuring Class II chutes and wave trains, and suitable for anyone age 6 and older. If you’re looking for an extended adventure in the wilderness further east, you may want to check out the Nantahala and Chattooga Rivers; they are perfect for adrenaline junkies!
If you’ve already tried your hand at whitewater rafting and are looking for something either more individualized or more intense, then you may want to give whitewater paddling a try. A great place to start is the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program offered year round by Outdoor Chattanooga. It’s a great place to learn the correct paddling techniques, all from the safety of the calm lake or pool waters. There are a huge variety of paddling opportunities for both beginners and paddling experts. Iconic whitewater streams like the Ocoee, Hiwassee, Cartecay, Nantahala and Chattooga lie to the east of Chattanooga, but closer to town are the ridges of the Cumberland Plateau, where you’ll find some of the best steep creek boating in the Eastern U.S.. Wherever else it is you go this summer, you’ll want to schedule time to come get wet with us in Chattanooga! Book your room at our luxurious Bed and Breakfast on Lookout Mountain today.