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Explore the best rated trails in East Brainerd, TN, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Mount Berry Trail and Viking Trail . With more than 15 trails covering 82 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
Best bike ride in Chattanooga for me. LOVE IT!
We started north and east of downtown at Tennessee Riverpark Curtain Pole Road. Free parking! There are several places along the trail like this, so look around. In downtown, you’ll have to pay for 2hr parking at Ross Landing. It was a really nice ride out to the end of the trail at the dam and back. Mostly park-like with some industrial sprinkled in as well. All of this area is well manicured. We saw areas where a nearby business had dedicated the improvement to their employees. We then made our way downtown. It’s beautiful, with a lot of pedestrians so take care. There are a couple of switchbacks on the trail there, but you can do it! Downtown you’ll need your gps maps to confirm the bike routes. The Walnut Street Bridge affords a great many views. As we made our way west and south, the trail went through some of the older industrial areas and ends near the Lookout Mountain Railway. A great fall ride for us.
We have done this trail twice from Camp Jordan. But if you want a shorter ride and experience all the amazing boardwalks start at Hawthorne Trailhead. Immediately you are on a short section of boardwalk and then continue on a lovely paved trail through the forests. You will soon hit two more amazing long boardwalk sections high in the trees. In a total of about 5 miles you will get the best of the trail.
We did this last year traveling across country again this year on our way to FL. I often wish TrailLink had some kind of mile markings on their map. But we started at the RiverPark and it is 6.5 miles down to the bridge to ride over the river. And right there at the bridge crossing. Is the best ice cream parlor ever!
We biked this lovely trail from the Springhill Suites, which is right on the trail, to the dam. The paved trail follows the Tennessee River and is pretty easy to navigate, with a few tricky areas around the Hunter Museum and Walnut Street bridge. I loved all the art displays including the mile markers which are metal silhouettes of various people. We felt safe the entire length and enjoyed it immensely.
We biked this trail from Camp Jordan to the Riverwalk, about 12 miles. The southern portion was sunny & degraded with gravelly spots, along Brainerd Levee until you cross hwy 11. From there it’s smooth riding with many long (some 1/2 mi) boardwalks that hug the creek. It was scenic and lightly used on that Saturday. I’d recommend the northern portion for sure!
This was a gentle incline hike from the Guild Trailhead parking lot on Ochs Hwy to Rainbow Falls then back, it was about 3 1/2 miles total. The trail was easy to traverse with some scattered rocks and an occasional bridge that would supply a vista of the Chattanooga area, it was a quiet trail on the weekday. I came across a couple of runners and a bike the entire time. I rather lost the trail at Rainbow Falls, perhaps I didn’t look too hard and I was content to return. Because I was birdwatching, this took me a couple hours, but a true hiker could do it quite quickly and easily, it’s a very nice trail.
I’ve taken my dog to this dog park which was fun with shade and water available. Which is right across from the trail head. We’ve then walked the trail a few times. The trail is flat and with a hard packed dirt surface on a wide trail, making it very walkable. It’s completely shaded by the surrounding woods, making birding good along the way, don’t forget your binoculars. It’s about a 2 mile walk and not strenuous at all. There is a restroom available at the parking lot.
Great ride . We loved the rolling "hills" of the trail and trailheads. This sounds crazy but glad to have port-a-potties along the way for us old folks.(70 plus). Getting back in to riding again and this was a perfect 7 mile ride.
We started this bike path at the Sterchi trailhead. The trailhead had a nice gazebo and clean bathrooms. We headed south starting around mile marker three. The path was asphalt until it turned into a boardwalk. The boardwalk was amazing and continued for a majority of the trail until mile marker six when we turned around because we started heading into a neighborhood and closer to the airport. A lot of the trail is shaded so we will definitely come back in the summertime to have a cool ride. The boardwalks are beautiful along the creek.
We took this ride in April 2023 and enjoyed it immensely. We travel and have been on multiple bike trails. This is the most beautiful and robust bike trail I have ever been on. It is very well maintained. We have e-bikes and this trail was perfect. They have bathroom buildings, bike repair stations, picnic tables, and emergency phone stations along the route.
How long is the distance from the parking across the bridge to the stop sign?
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