Don't forget your camera when you explore Chattanooga's best offerings
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians, Chattanooga is an outdoor paradise. Just minutes from the city, you can relax in silence at wilderness campsites, sleep in the shadow of Lookout Mountain, or pitch your tent in the Tennessee River Gorge. Whether you prefer rustic tent sites or high-end RV parks, Chattanooga has you covered. A quick drive from downtown Chattanooga, camp by the water in Harrison Bay State Park. Choose from RV sites and tent camping sites—both often come with free wifi. A few steps away hit the links at the golf course or boat from the marina. If you want to get active, check out the park’s hiking trails and biking routes. About 26 miles south, Cloudland Canyon State Park is a haven for biking and hiking. Here, there’s a campsite for everyone. Choose a standard site, hike to backcountry sites, or book a yurt or cottage. The park is also popular with rock climbers and equestrians. For secluded camping, head east to the Cherokee National Forest. Here, campgrounds like Sylco and Thunder Rock offer shaded sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Or, stay closer to town at Chester Frost Park. With kid-friendly activities, this park is a favorite among local families.