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Old February 1st, 2008, 07:17 PM   #1
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Default Chattanooga, TN Riverfront / Riverpark Trail

The Riverfront trail in Chattanooga is long and scenic...

This site is a little goofy, but it has the best photos I could find of the trail.

I have not skated it, but I want to. I think that member AdamB has skated it...
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Old February 1st, 2008, 10:27 PM   #2
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Thanks Bill! Very cool of you to post up Chattanooga’s River Walk. Hopefully I can provide a little more info for anyone interested, incase they ever drop through our little town.

The Chattanooga River Walk offers a great experience for families and individuals looking to spend a little time outdoors. It begins at the Chickamauga Dam (or Downtown Chattanooga…. depending on where you start) and runs approx. 9 miles to downtown Chattanooga. Some of the things you will get to encounter along the way:

- The Chickamauga Dam of course. Very neat site if they have the spillways completely open.
- Several open parks setting with kids play equipment, open green areas, benches, grills, picnic tables, water fountains, and clean rest rooms.
- Marsh areas that at times include several hundred geese (don’t look up!)
- Various wildlife areas
- Some industries and railroad tracks
- Raised decking over marsh areas lined by bamboo on one side and the river on the other side
- The Boathouse restaurant. Nice offering on the menu and a large outdoor deck overlooking the river. Great place for a beer as well. The parking lot connects directly to the trail.
- UTC skull crew/boat house
- All the nice features of downtown (Museum, aquariums, art district)…..oh, and the crazy zigzag walkway (that’s fun to skate!)
- Last, but not least…. The Walnut Street Bridge (worlds longest pedestrian only bridge). This is not actually part of the trail, and has a fair amount of wood decking, but is still a must.

Surfaces: Primarily paved. Some sections are wood plank, including the raised decking. The total area not paved is approx. 50 yards total. The trail runs through some industry areas and you will cross 1-2 sets of railroad tracks. It is primarily up hill going from the dam to downtown, but only really noticeable once you get closer to the downtown area.

As mentioned, the trail is safe and great for families. The Chattanooga police department keeps officers on mountain bikes patrolling on a regular basis. They are always friendly and ready to say hi.

The trail allows walking, bicycling, and skating.

**** I will take some pictures over the next few weeks. Granted, they will be cold and wintry looking….but I will take more in the summer.
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 10:58 AM   #3
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Cool stuff. Thanks, Adam.
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