As fall has just begun in the Scenic City, peak fall foliage is soon to follow. They call Chattanooga the Scenic City for many reasons, one being the several vantage points to enjoy the colors of fall. With so many trails only minutes from downtown, Chattanooga has a lot of places to see the changing leaves, but with many spending most of their time at home, some may be craving a short road trip, too. We have you covered for both local and out-of-town getaways.
The locals The following are the closest viewing areas from downtown Chattanooga — perfect for a quick trip to the mountains with only a short trip in the car.
• Enterprise South Nature Park| 190 Still Hollow Loop | This 1,300-acre park right off Interstate 75 is a great stop for travelers seeking scenic views and walking trails. A popular spot for mountain biking, there is a wide variety of ways to view the colors of fall.
A walk at Enterprise South Nature Park | NOOGAtoday
Lookout Tower at Ruby Falls | 1720 S Scenic Hwy.| Ruby Falls is known for its historic castle built in 1929, which the lookout tower sits atop. This vantage point provides sweeping views of the Cumberland Plateau and the Tennessee River, guaranteeing one of the highest views on the list.
DYK:Ruby Falls is also home to the deepest cave in America, paired with the 145 ft waterfall located 1,120 ft below the surface of Lookout Mountain.
Prentice Cooper State Forest | 3998 Game Reserve Rd. | Just 10 miles west of Chattanooga, Prentice Cooper provides 24,686 acres of various hiking trails, mountain views, and off-road driving trails — several different ways to appreciate the fall colors.
Click the button below for more places to see fall colors in Chattanooga + some fun road trips for out-of-town foliage.
Development ○ The federal government is currently looking for at least another 150 acres of property near downtown Chattanooga to develop another national military cemetery. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking more land to plan for when the Chattanooga National Cemetery eventually runs out of space. The VA’s deadline for land proposals is Oct. 21. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
State ○ As temperatures drop in Tennessee, stink bug season is beginning to peak. The bugs, which have caused a nuisance in the Volunteer State since 2008, are prone to entering homes as the fall months approach. According to Tennessee State University, it is important to prevent home invasions, as the insects can spread disease. For a guide to “stink proof” your living space, click here.(NewsChannel 9)
Cause ○ The Chattanooga Red Cross is urging young people in the community to volunteer and assist in disaster relief. In the midst of a pandemic, disaster relief has looked different, with only nine people volunteering as of Oct. 10. There are currently two volunteers providing relief in Alabama from Hurricane Delta, which is a number the organization aims to increase as more volunteers become available. To learn more information about volunteer opportunities, click here. 🙏 (NewsChannel 9)
Coronavirus ○ After several Tennessee Titans players tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks, the team saw no positive results after the latest round of testing on Sunday. After postponing previous games due to the virus, today’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills is still scheduled to take place. Testing will continue to be a high priority throughout the season. (NewsChannel 9)
Pet ○McKamey Animal Centerwill host a free adoption event on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event does not require a pre-scheduled appointment and those interested in adoption are not required to live in the Chattanooga area. All social distancing precautions will be taken, and masks are required. To view the pets available for adoption, click here.🐶
Asked ○ It’s fall, y’all, and we’re putting together the ultimate Chattanooga fall bucket list. We want to know – which local events and activities are a must-do for you? Whether it’s pumpkin picking at Smith Perry Berries, getting spooked at Haunted Hilltop, or sippin’ on a maple brown sugar latte from Sleepyhead Coffee – we want to hear your recommendations for embracing this festive fall season. Reply here to share your ideas. 🍁
FeelGood ○ In need of a little good news? Check out yesterday’s installment of Good Chatt. with Greg & Chloehere for some positive news happening in the community. If you have good news that you think should be shared, email editor Chloe at [email protected]. (NewsChannel 9) ○ The City of Chattanooga has partnered with Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Centerto start the Growing Resilient Neighborhoods program. The partnership was created to replant trees that were destroyed in the Easter Tornado. Reflection Riding CEO Mark Mcknight said that the program will plant 1000 trees throughout the course of the project. For more information regarding the restoration, click here.🌱 (NewsChannel 9)
WaterCooler ○ In preparation for their Oct. 24 game against Western Kentucky, the Chattanooga Mocs held a scrimmage in their eighth practice of the season. Head coach Rusty Wright noted that the scrimmage was basic on both sides of the ball, with players getting back into football shape. The Oct. 24 matchup is the only scheduled game of the season. 🏈 (NewsChannel 3)
FeaturedJob ○ Nothing Bundt Cakes in Chattanooga is hiring an Assistant Manager to share in team leadership and collaboration with the Bakery Manager in driving sales and profitability. Learn more about the position and how to apply here. Ⓟ
TodayIs ○ The season premiere of The Bachelorette, and we can’t wait. Here are 4 more shows on our watchlist, all accessible on EPB Fi TV. Ⓟ
TheBuy ○ Want show-stopping eyelashes without getting extensions? Meet Thrive Causemetics’ Liquid Lash Extensions ($24), the mascara made with a five-star formula of clean and nourishing ingredients. Shop here.Ⓟ
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Think way back to your New Year’s resolution — we know, that feels like forever ago — and if it involved learning something new or staying active, Chattanooga has a new gym to check out. Synergy Climbing and Ninja is now open. It’s a community gym with bouldering, yoga, strength + endurance training, and a café (plus a lot more).
You can find information for your first visit here.
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Learn ○ Real Estate Investing Course | Tues., Oct, 13 | 7-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | This virtual class will walk through the steps for successful real estate investment strategies. Learn from those within the community who have experience in the investment world and gain knowledge to be a successful investor. 💰
PlanAhead ○ UTC Graduate School Fair: Rollins College of Business | Wed., Oct. 14 | 3:30-6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | This information session will provide answers about various business programs and will have a Q&A session with a college of business representative. ○ Female art and dance with Ballet Esprit | Thurs., Oct. 15 | 6-7 p.m. | Hunter Museum, 10 Bluff View Ave. | Free | This socially-distanced show will feature a live dance interpretation of the exhibit by local dance company Ballet Esprit followed by a discussion. Masks are required.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Hi there, Trista here. We received a question from a reader and I truly don’t know the answer, so I was hoping y’all could help me out.
Serina D. asked:
“I was wondering if you had any information about trick or treating Hamilton County this year? Is it happening? Are there any restrictions? I’d hate to buy bags of candy only yo have to eat it all myself! Lol.”
Let us know if you have any hot tips. Although eating bags of candy doesn’t sound too bad. 🍫
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