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Take a day trip to Dunlap

Just ~45 minutes from Chattanooga, here are some ways to enjoy a day trip to Dunlap.

NOOGAtoday | Dunlap

Dunlap is located in the heart of the Sequatchie Valley, which connects Chattanooga to Tennessee’s South Cumberland Plateau.

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Hey there readers, Editor Kristen here. My parents recently moved to nearby Dunlap, and I’ve been having a great time exploring this town nestled in the Sequatchie Valley with them.

Dunlap is only ~45 minutes from Chattanooga, making it a great option for a day trip filled with scenic views and fun activities. Here are some of my suggestions to check out if you plan on visiting.

NOOGAtoday | Savage Gulf Falls

Take a hike to see this beautiful waterfall.

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Take in the views

If you take Highway 111, you have to stop by the Sequatchie Valley Overlook on the Scenic Byway. There are plenty of spots for you to park your car and pause to see the sights. Bonus: You’ll often catch hang gliders swooping through the valley.

Head up to Savage Gulf State Park for some beautiful hikes. There’s a hike on the shorter side (2.9 miles) to see Savage Falls with several spots to take a dip in the water if you need to cool off.

Activities to try

If you visit on a Saturday, head to Harris Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST for the Dunlap Farmers Market. You can shop from a ton of local vendors and enjoy live music. Bonus: Bring the kiddos to the park to enjoy the splash pad.

You may recognize Bird Fork Farm from the Main Street Farmers Market + other pop-ups around town. They host a ton of workshops at their farm, like canning and herbal tinctures.

NOOGAtoday | Sequatchie Valley Brewing Co.

We’re big fans of the beaver pint glasses, too.

Where to eat + drink

Sequatchie Valley Brewing Co. is the first brewery to open in Dunlap + is family-owned. Swing by for brews and eats, I loved the “Left Arm Tan” blonde ale.

For a sweet treat, pop by Udder Yum Ice Cream Shoppe (you can’t miss the cow on the roof) or get a freshly baked donut from King Donuts.

I’m still a newbie when it comes to this town, so if you have any recommendations for where I should take my parents next, send them my way.

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