Hiking is a great stress reliever. Lucky for you, Tennessee is the perfect place to hike! The River City is no exception, offering beautiful trails just calling for you to get out of your Chattanooga apartment and get away from it all. Take a look at these top 5 hiking spots in Chattanooga, TN.

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Glen Falls

This great little hiking trail features a small waterfall and cave at the end. It’s perfect for a quick hike because it’s only 2 miles to the waterfall. This is also a great trail for hot weather because it’s shaded by trees. Wear something you can swim in because there are some great swimming spots here. 

Rocky forest waterfall.

Blue Blazes Trail

Be prepared to meet some wildlife on this loop trail. It will take you along the Tennessee river bank and through some swampy areas for 2 miles. Make sure to wear waterproof shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy and bringing some bug spray.

The Ritchie Hollow Trail

The Ritchie Hollow Trail passes an 80 feet tall waterfall and several creeks. It’s 2.7 miles one-way and has parking at both ends of the trail. Be prepared for a tougher hike than the others spots on this list — most of this trail goes uphill. It’s all worth it, though — this is one of our favorite hiking spots in Chattanooga. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water!

Two hikers between plants.
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Cumberland Trail

The Cumberland Trail is one part of the Great Eastern Trail. There are several different segments of this trail with different difficulty levels that you can choose to explore. The Tennessee River Gorge Segment of the Cumberland Trail is in Chattanooga. There are plenty of waterfalls and views of the river as well. 

Monarch butterfly on pink flower.
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Pot Point Nature Trail

This loop trail features a cabin built in 1835. It’s a 4.1 mile walk along the Tennessee river and has a butterfly field. This trail is close to the Ritchie Hollow Trail and perfect to take dogs on. You could even bring a blanket for a picnic at the cabin.