July is Park and Recreation Month, and Chattanooga is the perfect place to celebrate.
🌳 Local parks
- Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Rd. | 130-acre nature sanctuary with a rich diversity of plant and animal life + 5 miles of walking and hiking trails | Events
- Enterprise South Nature Park, 190 Still Hollow Loop | Park with 9 hiking trails and 5 biking trails + a new horse trail
- Greenway Farms, 5051 Gann Store Rd. | 180-acre city park with 6 miles of walking, running, hiking, and biking trails + 3 canoe access points
🌳 State parks
- Booker T. Washington State Park, 5801 Champion Rd. | 353-acre park with a mountain biking trail + an Olympic size pool
- Harrison Bay State Park, 7855 Bay Marina Cir., Harrison | 1,200-acre park with ~40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline
- Prentice Cooper State Forest, 3998 Game Reserve Rd. | Riverfront park with 35 miles of hiking trails + primitive campsites
- Red Clay State Historic Park, 1140 Red Clay Park Rd. SW, Cleveland | 263 acres of valleys formerly used as cotton + pasture land
Find upcoming state park events here.
🌳 National parks
- Cherokee National Forest, 2800 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland | 650,000-acre forest — the largest tract of public land in Tennessee
- Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, 3370 Lafayette Rd., Fort Oglethorpe, GA | Preserves the sites of 2 major Civil War battles | Events
- Moccasin Bend National Park + Archaeological District, 10 Hamm Rd. | Spans 12,000 years of continuous human habitation + there’s a beautification project underway
- Chattanooga Hazy Trails Hike | Sat., July 10 | 4 p.m. | Pax Breu Ruim | The urban hike features the release of Hazy Trails IPA, a collaboration from Tennessee Brew Works + Five Wits Brewing Co. brewed to raise funds for Tennessee State Parks Conservancy
Disclaimer: this is not a comprehensive list — go here for a Chattanooga Tourism Co. curated list of all the area’s parks.