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Chattanooga Local Favorites

Chattanooga has so many unique things to do, there is no way to do them all in a single vacation. When we are not out leading tours and classes we love visiting our favorite local spots to eat, drink, and play.  We created our local favorites list to help expose you to some of the fun things to do in Chattanooga when you are visiting. If you have any questions or need recommendations please reach out.
Local Partners

The mission of the Tennessee Aquarium is to connect people with nature and empower them to make informed decisions about water and wildlife.

Present your Sandhill Crane or Nickajack Bat Cave Kayak Tour receipt to the Aquarium and receive 10% off a Tennessee Aquarium membership. It is the perfect way to see the underwater world of what you kayaked over on your tour. 

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The Gear Closet

The Gear Closet is a thrift store for outdoor gear and clothing, run by Chattanooga-based non-profit Waterways.

WaterWays is a non-profit working with communities across the Southeastern United States to bring awareness and stewardship to their watersheds. Income from The Gear Closet, directly supports our mission. 


We want to make your experience in finding your next dream home an enjoyable one! Find houses for rent in Chattanooga by selecting from our list of Chattanooga rental homes.

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Ruby Falls i a unique Chattanooga Attraction that showcases the natural beauty of Lookout Mountains natural boulderfields and blufflines with stone and paved walkways throughout the well manicured gardens o property. 

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Lookout Wild Film Festival

The Lookout Wild Film Festival is an outdoor adventure and conservation festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA held in the famous Tivoli "Jewel of the South" Theater.

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At Gearhead and Rock/Creek Outfitters, our goal is to equip you with what you need to enjoy all that the great outdoors have to offer, whether that's out your front door, or on top of a mountain.



We want to make your experience in finding your next dream home an enjoyable one! Find houses for rent in Chattanooga by selecting from our list of Chattanooga rental homes.

Outdoor Chattanooga
Visit Chattanooga
Tennessee Vacation Guide

Kid Friendly Fun
Tennessee Aquarium
Rock City
Ruby Falls
Incline Railway
Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
Creative Discovery Museum
Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater
Area Parks
Coolidge Park
Renaissance Park
Chattanooga Carousel
Walnut Street Bridge
Aquarium Plaza
Renaissance Park
Ross's Landing
Tennessee River-walk
Harrison Bay State Park
Chester Frost Park

Lula Lake Land Trust
Sunset Rock

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Battlefield

Cumberland Trail State Park
North Chickamauga Creek Gorge
Prentice Cooper State Forest
Big Soddy Creek Gulf
Falling Water State Natural Area

Mountain Biking Trails
Raccoon Mountain
Enterprise South Nature Park
5 Points and Cloudland Canyon State Park
Bauxite Ridge
Biology Trails at White Oak Mountain
Johnston Woods
Moonshine Trails
Lula Lake Trails
W- Road Downhill Trails coming soon summer of 2022
Bike Shops
Owen Cyclery
REI Chattanooga
Suck Creek Cycle
East Ridge Bicycles
Trek Bicycle Store of Chattanooga

Outdoor Rock Climbing
Stone Fort AKA Little Rock City
Upper and Lower Leda
Sunset Rock
Tennessee Wall aka T-Wall
Saint Elmo Boulders
Goliath Wall
Deep Creek
Dogwood Boulders
Hell's Kitchen
Denny Cove
Foster Falls
Fall Creek Falls
Rock Town-GA
Sucka Cave
Suck Creek Canyon
Pep Boys
Pot Point Boulders
Castle Rock
Woodcock Cove
Cherokee Rock Village AKA Sandrock
Local Festivals and Events
Lookout Wild Film Festival
Chattanooga Ironman
Chattanooga 70.3 Half Ironman
Head of the Hooch
Swim the Suck
Moon River
Outdoor Retailers and Consignment Shops
The Gear Closet
Four Bridges Outfitters
Rock Creek Outfitters
Stone Cup Cafe
Mad Priest Coffee Roasters 
Mayfly Coffee

Velo Coffee Roasters
Mean Mug Coffeehouse
Rembrandt's Coffee House
Niedlov's Cafe & Bakery

Dining, Breweries, and Tap Houses
Hutton & Smith Brewing Company
OddStory Brewing Company
Heaven & Ale Brewing Co
The Tap House
Terminal Brewhouse
Tremont Tavern *Best Burger in Town
STIR Chattanooga
Flying Squirrel
State of Confusion
The Chattanooga Market
Bluff View Art District
Bluff View Bakery
Bread and Butter
Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria
Feed Table & Tavern
Slick's Burgers
River Street Deli
Chattanooga Whiskey
The Big Chill & Grill
The Hot Chocolatier

Chattanooga Football Club
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Chattanooga Lookouts
Chattanooga Roller Derby
Nooga Rugby

Fine Arts
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera 
Chattanooga Theatre Centre
Hunter Museum of American Art
Tivoli Theatre
Sculpture Fields at Montague Park
Public Art Chattanooga
Chattanooga Vacation Rentals

The Crash Pad
The Chattanooga Choo Choo
The Dwell Hotel
The Reed House

Treetop Hideaways
The Edwin

Whitewater Kayaking

Chattanooga Area - Walden's Ridge

Mullens Creek
Middle Creek
Connor Creek into Suck Creek
Suck Creek

Cain Creek and North Chickamauga Creek
Little Possum Creek
Rock Creek TN

Roaring Creek
Richland Creek
Henderson Creek
White's Creek
Piney River

Sequatchie Valley

Big Brush Creek
Little Brush Creek
Pocket Creek

Lookout Mountain
Bear Creek
Allen Creek
Rock Creek GA
Little River Canyon
Johnnies Creek

Cherokee National Forest
Ocoee River
Hiwassee River
Tellico River

Cumberland Plateau
Big South Fork
Obed River
Little Clear Creek
Clear Creek
Daddys Creek 
Caney Fork

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