Chattanooga Riverwalk (Tennessee Riverpark)


Chattanooga Riverwalk (Tennessee Riverpark) Facts

States: Tennessee
Counties: Hamilton
Length: 13.1 miles
Trail end points: Riverfront Pkwy (Ross's Landing) and Chattanooga State Tech. College
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6032627
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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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, 8 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
1102 S. Watkins Street
Chattanooga, TN 37404

Chattanooga Riverwalk (Tennessee Riverpark) Reviews

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

"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. "

"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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