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95º | 12% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:27 a.m. | Sunset 8:59 p.m.

🚲 Bike around the countryside
Two people road cycling on a countryside with the mountains in the background.
Thanks to a collaboration with Shannon Burke of local Velo View Bike Tours, we’re taking our bikes to the roads. |Photo provided by Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development recently launched the Bike Tennessee initiative, highlighting professional road cycling routes, neighboring small towns + breathtaking views.

Ready to ride? Get a crash course on the rules of the road + try these six trails around the Greater Chattanooga area. Pro tip: Check out each map for places to stop along your journey.

Signal Mountain Out + Back | 19 miles + 1,200-ft elevation range

Stay close to home with this route that not only gives you scenic views overlooking Chattanooga but is near local spots like Walden’s Ridge Park + Civil Provisions and Bar.

A man traveling on the road in a disability-friendly bike.

Take a break on your journey by stopping at Morris Vineyard.


Photo provided by Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Chatata Valley Loop | 25 miles + 1,500-ft elevation range

Take your ride through the backroads of Cleveland as you take in the scenic backdrop of the Cherokee National Forest. Note: Be prepared for a challenge going through this hill country.

Monkey Town Loop | 43 miles + 3,000-ft elevation range

This loop begins and ends in nearby Dayton + with two notable climbs up the Brayton Mountain and Evensville Mountains, expect a challenging but scenic route. Bonus: Snag a beer at Monkey Town Brewing Co. to cool down.

Lower Sequatchie Valley Loop | 48 miles + 1,600-ft elevation range

Begin the journey in Jasper and head through the valley toward the community of Cartwright while taking in the sights of mountains and farmland.

Middle Sequatchie Valley Loop | 29 miles + 1,400-ft elevation range

This route begins at the Cookie Car Cafe in Dunlap and heads north through the county, bringing riders to Walden’s Ridge + the South Cumberland Plateau — your trip will be full of farmland.

Two people road cycling on farmland, passing a barn with a slanted red roof.

Get a new view of the surrounding small towns and farmlands when taking the Bike Tennessee routes.


Photo provided by Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Upper Sequatchie Valley Loop | 35 miles + 1,800-ft elevation range

Travel from Pikeville to where the Sequatchie Valley begins, taking in views of the neighboring small town, farmlands, and the river.

Bonus: Challenge yourself to a multi-day ride on all three routes on the Sequatchie Valley Loop + stay midway in Dunlap.

If you’re looking to also connect with a larger biking community, check out these statewide events, offering rides all over.
What is the longest road biking trail in Chattanooga?

A. Tennessee Riverwalk
B. Coolidge Park
C. Enterprise Multi-Use Trail
D. South Chickamauga Creek Greenway
Monday, June 24
  • Yoga Mondays | Monday, June 24 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St., Chattanooga | Free, RSVP | Bring your mat to help your mind, body, and soul during this beginner-friendly class.
  • Rollin’ Twenties | Monday, June 24 | 7-10 p.m. | Hamilton Skate Place, 7414 Goodwin Rd., Chattanooga | $20 | Those 18+ can don their best “Gatsby” inspired costumes, enjoy finger foods, and skate to tunes spun by DJ Joe Davis.
Tuesday, June 25
  • Learn Food Canning | Tuesday, June 25 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Hamilton County Extension Office, 6183 Adamson Cir., Chattanooga | $25 | Get the basics of what you’ll need for home canning like reliable recipes, equipment + how to use water bath and pressure canners.
  • Rotary Tree Towns Info Night | Tuesday, June 25 | 6-7 p.m. | TailGate Brewing, 1464 Market St., Chattanooga | Free, RSVP | Learn about this volunteer-led initiative to bring trees to the Hill City, Highland Park, Jefferson Heights, Oak Grove, Orchard Knob, and Ridgedale neighborhoods.
Wednesday, June 26
  • BEMI | Wednesday, June 26 | 6-9 p.m. | Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., Chattanooga | Free+ | See this Georgia-based singer-songwriter on the patio while enjoying drink specials.
Thursday, June 27
  • AMBUSH Improv: True Crime | Thursday, June 27 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga | $10-$15 | Enter a world of crime and comedy, where each show spirals into a unique true crime documentary crafted live with improvisers.
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News Notes
Coming Soon
  • Things are looking sweet over at Clever Alehouse. This Red Bank spot announced Clever Creamery is coming soon, and even hinted at some non-dairy sorbet options. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure to get the scoop in a future newsletter.
  • The Tennessee Charter School Center has released its 2023-2024 High School Changemaker Lists, highlighting the top public charter schools in the state. The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Chattanooga Preparatory School, and Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence High received recognition for having a “positive impact on student academic growth and achievement.”
  • The Hamilton County Health Department’s Sexual Health Clinic (at the 3rd Street location) has moved. The clinic is now located on the second floor of the east wing, inside the Family Planning Clinic. Services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Older Adults
  • Chattanooga’s Department of Community Development is hosting its Senior Outdoor Adventures program at the Hixson Community Center. Folks can enjoy outings like a hike at Greenway Farm, exploring Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, disc golf, and more. See the summer schedule.
  • The 2024 feature film “Beautiful Faces,” from Chattanooga native and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Dagan W. Beckett, is set to stream globally on Tubi beginning Friday, July 5. The film follows local plastic surgeon Dr. Larry Sargent who founded the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.
Plan Ahead
  • The Chattanooga Vet Center is seeking veterans + families of veterans to perform at the Open Mic & Jam Session on Saturday, Sept. 21. Participants will play an original song or cover “that speaks to your military service, or memories of your veteran.” Inquire by calling 423-855-6570.
🥾 Take your travels to the trails
NOOGAtoday | River to Clouds Route
Take in the sights by foot this summer.|Photo by Lula Lake Land Trust
Is hiking more your speed? Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with 25 routes and trails to help you plan your next adventure.

River to Clouds Route, Cloudland Canyon State Park
Difficulty: 🥾🥾
  • Length: 34-mile point to point
  • Pet friendly: Yes, leash required
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
This newer trail connects Rising Fawn, GA to our riverwalk in St. Elmo, offering space for hikers, runners, and bikers + offers scenic views as you travel through.

Green and Blue Loop, Aetna Mountain
Difficulty: 🥾 🥾
  • Length: 2.6-mile loop
  • Pet friendly: Yes, leash required
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
Try a more challenging hike, run, or mountain bike ride in this area with the longer loop that takes a little over an hour to complete.

Enterprise Multi-Use Trail, 190 Still Hollow Loop
Difficulty: 🥾
  • Length: 1.8-mile loop
  • Pet friendly: Yes, leash required
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
This trail is fit for all ages and abilities, offering paved walkways for walkers, hikers, runners + bikers.
The Buy
Colorful margarita glasses that are shatterproof — aka, perfect for outdoor pool parties.
The Wrap
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Last week, we asked you what is the one item you have to have in your vacation home, and with no surprise, a good book won with 37.9% of our readers. Bonus: A big TV + outdoors equipment tied at 18.2%.
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