Chattanooga Riverwalk (Tennessee Riverpark)


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Chattanooga Riverwalk (Tennessee Riverpark) Facts

States: Tennessee
Counties: Hamilton
Length: 16.1 miles
Trail end points: Riverfront Pkwy (Ross's Landing) and Chattanooga State Tech. College
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6032627

Chattanooga Riverwalk (Tennessee Riverpark) Description

The Chattanooga Riverwalk, also known as the Tennessee Riverpark, will ultimately stretch 22 miles from downtown Chattanooga near the Tennessee Aquarium to the TVA Dam and out to Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District (additional loops included in the mileage).

For now, 16 miles of the riverwalk are open and follow the south bank of the Tennessee River. A footbridge on the west end (near John Ross Bridge/Market St./SR 8 takes you to the north bank and Coolidge Park.

Parking and Trail Access

Follow I-24 to Chattanooga and exit onto US Highway 27 North to Downtown Chattanooga. Take exit 1C and merge right onto 4th street. Take a left on Chestnut Street and go three blocks, past the aquarium. You'll see the parking sign for Ross's Landing in front of you across the street. Park at the landing.

There are numerous other parking and access points. For more information, contact:

Hamilton County Parks & Recreation
4301 Amnicola Highway, 
Chattanooga, TN 37404

Chattanooga Riverwalk (Tennessee Riverpark) Reviews

A warm December ride.

Great 10 mile ride. narrow in some sections and VERY busy on weekends. We rode on a warm day in the middle of the week. Will do again in Speing!

Great urban trail that goes along the waterfront, and through wooded and swamped areas. All paved

Great urban trail that goes along the waterfront, and through wooded and swamped areas. All paved


This trail is beyond amazing. It was the most enjoyable ride I have ever taken. Chattanooga must be pround. There are other trails around the city that I would rate with 5 ****"s as well. The scenery, the historical markers, the cleanliness, the river views, all are awesome!

Fantastic trail!

I biked this with my family last month. Definitely one of the best bike paths I’ve ridden on. Not crowded, flat, and gorgeous scenery! Part of the trail was closed but there is a detour around it (if you’re coming from downtown, you turn into the big parking lot and follow the highway, and turn left after the railroad tracks. That road veers to the right and then you’re back in business). There were bathrooms nicely spaced out and even some water stations. Highly recommend and will becoming back!


Trail closed 10/7/2019 for 3 weeks at Rowing Center

We parked at Chickamauga Dam Riverpark and got on the trail heading towards downtown Chattanooga. The trail is well maintained and utilized by a variety of residents, all of whom were respectful and mannered. However, when we got to the Rowing Center we discovered the trail had closed two days ago for a three week period. Just FYI as we were not aware. There were other people surprised at the trail closing as well when we were there.

Great Trail

We biked from the southern terminus to the boat launch, about 10 miles. Real nice, very scenic , lots of sculptures along the way. Trail along river north of there was closed. We probably could have and should have worked our way around the closed section but we did not.
Lots of variety. Some old abandoned buildings from a previous time and some new ones from today.
Markings were poor in some places.

One of my faves

Put together the ride between downtown and the dam with lunch over the River.

Nice Urban Trail

From downtown to the dam this is one of the nicest urban trials I have ever ridden. The trail follows the river with great views. The surface is smooth concrete with many restrooms and adjacent parks. Downtown is confusing, be careful or you may inadvertently be riding down steps. I would suggest not parking downtown as it is hard to find the trail. Park at one of the trail heads and ride toward downtown.
West of downtown the trail is mostly in the sun and goes through an industrial area. The trail is not scenic but appears safe and is a good ride.

great ride

Great ride, needs better signs. Great playgrounds piers and many public restrooms along the way. Started at Chickamauga dam to wheland foundry around 13 miles. Around downtown/ross’s landing confusing and busy but past that theres not many ppl and signs seem some better. Well worth the effort, will do again.

wonderful time and scenic views

I tried the trail from both ends. The Dam side offers some superb views of the river and the marsh area and quite a number of wildlife along the way. The downtown side offered a great view of the historic and industrial era of the city and a number of good views of the city riverfront and opportunities to digress up to the Aquarium and downtown. The center of the trail is a bit confusing. I needed to ask several folk how to stay on trail, especially around the Hunter museum. Signage needs improved there and at other points where the trail options point in multiple directions.

Dont start at Ross's crossing, confusing as all hell

This is a new fav usa scenic bike path, my biggest gripe is most reviews suggest parking/starting at Ross's Crossing. This is a good spot to park if you are familiar with the bike path however if it is your first time you will be thoroughly confused, as there is ZERO signage, many stairs to climb which will have you scratching your head "am I really on a bike path?" many streets that have auto traffic, again; "this cant be the bike path". Once you clear these confusing obstacles you will be well on your way to a great ride, or you could just start at (Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar)/vicinity and avoid all this confusing BS.

Loved This Trail

We drove up from Jacksonville, AL, where we ride the Chief Ladiga Bike Trail quite often. Riverwalk Trail was a wonderful surprise. The only negative was we felt that the trail could have been marked better, but, we will definitely be back. The views are amazing and the trail is VERY well maintained.

Well Done

We parked at Riverpoint park and rode the S.Chickamauga trail (see review there), then rode the Riverwalk east to the dam. Then turned around and rode the Riverwalk west to the Patten tennis club. The trail goes up a hill there, so we turned around and went back to Riverpoint parking. 12mi roundtrip on Riverwalk, 10mi roundtrip on S.Chick for a 22mi day. Trail is well maintained with lots of restrooms and water. It is shaded most of the way, and runs along the river with lots of good scenery. Tip: this is not a rail-trail, so there are some ups and downs, turns, and it can be a bit narrow and congested in parts.

Nice...stay to yourself

Great way for the city to spend my tax dollars. Love the new extension to st elmo. Thing is, apparently we've lost our southern hospitality so don't expect locals to yield any sort of right of way. Nice ride though.


I ride my mountain bike on the Riverwalk almost every day. I ride from the dam to Coolidge park and back. I'm amazed at how groomed it is at all times. I don't carry water because there are bathrooms and water fountains every 1.5 miles or so. I've ridden on many trails across the country and this is my favorite.

almost everyday

I ride from the damn to the 6 mile marker and back at least 5 days a week. There are bathrooms almost every 1.5 miles with many places to stop and rest


just an update from my last review, i finally found what everyone is raving about. the houseman at the hotel informed us about where to pick up the trail. we went right to it and had a great ride, we were tired from riding other places so didn't get to ride full trail, but what we did ride was great the website needs to be more informative about it to us people not from chattanooga. little piece of info everything on trail is blue, thats how you know you are always on trail

River walk??

Rode our bikes to river walk or what we thought it was. Found no signs or information where trail started. Talked with local people and they didn't have a clue. Finally found trail. Except it stops a starts again very frustrating. Not bike friendly especially the "turn about". Or whatever you call them they look like a six flags line that's a mile long. Maybe I missed something but I don't plan on coming back

Nice trail, more for walking than cycling

Every time my wife and I go to Chattanooga, we try to bring our bikes and do a ride on this trail. While we absolutely LOVE the trail, the only caveat is that so do a lot of casual walkers, many of whom have a tendency not to watch out for bike riders. It is a good idea to use some sort of warning noisemaker, such as a bike bell, to let walkers know you are coming. The old bridge across the river is the highlight of the trail, but there are a lot of other great features as well.

Great trail

While in Chattanooga this weekend we decided to check out this trail. We didn't have a map of the trail readily available which I am kicking myself for not having. The trail isn't well marked and we had to stop and ask as we went along. We weren't able to cover the entire trail but what we did cover was absolutely beautiful. Our eight year old loves biking like this since where we live we only have mountain biking trails. This was perfect. There are a few hills, but they are easy. The only problem we had was that our four year old has a weehoo that is attached to my husband's bike. The zip zags in some of the paths were too narrow for the weehoo, so that meant taking our four year old off the weehoo to take the stairs instead of the path. All in all though it's a beautiful ride and I would recommend it.

Definitely would do it again, but with a map next time.

Kayak and skate

We kayak down the river, skates in plastic bags, and then blade back up the riverpark to our vehicle. Great way to spend an afternoon. The riverwalk is fantastic and so is a quiet float down the river. Osprey and eagles in abundance, amazing shells for my flower garden,walking distance from downtown. Doesn't get any better. Well, until they complete the extension. Stoked about that.

Good trail for cashual bicyclists

This is a very nice, clean and attractive linear park trail and great for families to ride, walk, skate board, etc. However it is not a good trail for putting in a lot of miles or fast riding. It is more of a very wide sidewalk in a beautiful setting. If you like to ride casually then this is a good trail. If you are a serious bicyclist then the Silver Comet Trail in Georgia would be much more to your liking.

I love this trail

It is not only an absolutely well maintained paved trail, easy to walk/ ride; but it is also so very picturesque. So many wonderful photo opportunities and so beautiful overall. Highly recommend

Fantastic Trail

This trail is so well maintained it is like the Disney World of trails. Everything was so well kept. The ride and scenery along Chatanooga and the river was continuosly breathtaking. If you get a chance to ride this trail you will no doubt be impressed.

Fantastic Trail

This trail is so well maintained it is like the Disney World of trails. Everything was so well kept. The ride and scenery along Chatanooga and the river was continuosly breathtaking. If you get a chance to ride this trail you will no doubt be impressed.

Beautiful Trail

Great for biking with the family. It's mostly flat so easy enough to bring the kids. The trail is very well maintained and clean. Lots of rest areas, picnic areas, and playgrounds along the way. Beautiful views of the river.

Nice Trail

"This is a very nice paved that runs from downtown Chattanooga near the Tennessee Aquarium along or near the Tennessee River to Chickmauga Dam. The newest section opened has excellent lighting and regularly spaced facilities with water fountains. Regularly used by walkers, runner, bicyclers and skaters, this is a very nice trail. "

Chattanooga Riverwalk

"We found this trail to be very enjoyable for running and biking. Pedestrian bridges safely take you over the busy roads near downtown. The surface is boardwalk or concrete path (in the areas we used from downtown to Little Chickamauga Creek). The path winds along the Tennessee River, through woods, and past a swamp, once you get out of downtown. The restored 1890 Pedestrian Bridge over the Tennessee River offers fabulous views of the area.
Great job Chattanooga! "

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