The Best Spring Hiking in Chattanooga

Spring is very nearly here in Chattanooga, and it has the region buzzing with possibility.  Now is the perfect time to escape those winter doldrums, and gear up for another exciting year of hiking and adventure in and around Chattanooga. From it’s breathtaking scenery and it’s revitalized riverfront scattered with attractions, parks, and restaurants, to it’s rich history and a never-ending supply of outdoor adventures, Chattanooga truly is a city of endless fun.  Frequently touted as a top outdoors destination, there is no better way to spend a spring day in the Chattanooga area than one of these gentle hikes into the stunning hills around us. Book your room at our luxurious Tennessee Bed and Breakfast today, bring your hiking boots, and get ready to hit the trails in Chattanooga.

4 Destinations for Spring Hiking

Hiking in Chattanooga is diverse and unique.  Here, you can find trails suitable for anything from a simple day hike to a backpacking trip into the wilderness.  From the rugged tabletop mountains of the Cumberland Plateau and the gently rolling hills of the Tennessee River Valley, up to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, there are endless acres of hiking trails just waiting to be explored. Here are some of the best hikes to take this spring in Chattanooga:

  • Audubon Acres is a 130 acre forested wildlife sanctuary just outside Chattanooga, which features five miles of hiking trails. Start with the visitor center, and don’t miss the Spring Frog Cabin, a restored homestead on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.
  • Perfect Springs Hikes in Chattanooga, TennesseeEdwards Point is simply one of the best day hikes in the entire Chattanooga area.  The overlook at the top offers a breathtaking view of the picturesque Tennessee River gorge, and getting there is one big adventure. There’s more than one way to get to the top of Edwards Point, but one approach is a six-mile round trip from Signal Point. To start, you’ll descend 200 steps, and enjoy the trail as it winds along the bluff and over a long swinging bridge, eventually leading up to Edwards Point.  If you’re looking for a slightly easier hiking trip, start at Rainbow Lake.  This version of the trip is a little bit shorter and easier, at four miles. This hike is especially great during the spring when there are less crowds on the trails.
  • Stringers Ridge Park makes are list of great springs day hikes for multiple reasons, not least of which is its proximity to the Northshore Neighborhood’s popular main drag.  This hiking trail is a popular go-to trail for both locals and visitors alike, and you’ll soon see why. There are about seven miles of well-maintained trails here, which includes one of the best overlooks of downtown Chattanooga. There are several access points with maps to help you create your perfect outing.
  • Bluff Trail is one of Chattanooga’s oldest and most iconic trails, and is located right here on Lookout Mountain.  This nine-mile-long hiking trail was built during the Depression. It hugs the rocky eastern face of Lookout Mountain, and features birds-eye views of Lookout Valley. You can even visit some other Lookout Mountain legends like Sunset Rock and Point Park without straying too far from the Bluff Trail.

We should also mention the other exceptional hiking found right here on Lookout Mountain.  Chattanooga Fun put together a fantastic summary of 6 of the best hikes on Lookout Mountain, all of which would be extraordinary adventures to enjoy this spring. You won’t even have to travel far from our Bed and Breakfast to enjoy them.  Make sure you bring your hiking boots with you this spring, when you stay at our Chattanooga Bed and Breakfast.