Free Electric Shuttle Northern Terminal Station
The trail kicks off here, in downtown Chattanooga. This is a great starting place for exploring downtown's world-class attractions and sights, whether you set off on foot, by car, or catch the free Electric Shuttle. Shuttles run every 5 to 10 minutes daily between the Tennessee Aquarium (point 2) and the Chattanooga Choo Choo complex (point 17) with stops everywhere in between, including the restaurants in Jack's Alley (between 4th & 5th Streets) and The Shoppes at Warehouse Row. Grab a shuttle brochure, hop on and explore! Downtown has something for everyone.
Shuttle Info Line: 423-629-1473
215 Broad St. Chattanooga, TN
Park at pt. 1; walk to visit pts. 1-7.
Tennessee Aquarium / IMAX® 3D Theater
Chattanooga's top attraction takes you on a remarkable journey from the mountains to the sea. You'll explore three living forests and get up close to amazing creatures like giant catfish, feisty otters, playful penguins, toothy sharks and free-flying butterflies. The IMAX® 3D Theater runs daily with movies from all over the world and under the sea.
One Broad St. Chattanooga, TN
Explore the banks of the Tennessee River at Ross's Landing Riverfront Park, where you'll learn more about John Ross, Chief of the Cherokee Nation. At Chattanooga Pier, you'll find several ways to explore the riverfront. Take a 3.5-hour ride with Blue Moon Cruises, or board the River Gorge Explorer for a 1.5-hour trip on a high-speed catamaran vessel; both provide naturalist guides and spectacular views of the Grand Canyon of the Tennessee. Or splash into the river in an authentic WWII amphibious duck for a narrated Chattanooga Ducks tour.
Blue Moon Cruises: 888-993-2583
Chattanooga Ducks: 423-756-3825
River Gorge Explorer: 423-265-0695
Riverfront Pkwy. Chattanooga, TN
Southern Belle Riverboat
Just to the left of the pier, visitors enjoy sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises on board this popular 500-passenger attraction, known for its October Fall Leaf Cruises and special Christmas Carol Cruises.
201 Riverfront Pkwy. Chattanooga, TN 37402
More About: ATT Field
Downtowns ATT Field is the home of Dodgertown and the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Los Angeles Dodgers' AA Minor League Baseball Club.
Creative Discovery Museum
Families on the trail will find something for everyone at this hands-on museum featuring art, music, and family fun for ages 2-11.
321 Chestnut St. Chattanooga, TN
Big River Grill & Brewing Works
Located in a 1900s trolley barn, visitors and locals rave about this restaurant's great American cuisine, outdoor dining, hand-tossed pizzas and awarding-winning Iron Horse Stout Beer; the shrimp & grits or grilled meatloaf are to die for.
222 Broad St. Chattanooga, TN
212 Market Restaurant
Since opening in 1992, this AAA three-star local favorite has been revered as a cornerstone of downtown Chattanooga's development and revitalization. It's also Tennessee's first certified Green Restaurant. If you're looking for upscale food in a casual atmosphere, this is the place.
212 Market St. Chattanooga, TN
NorthShore Historic District
This area of Chattanooga was originally called Hill City by African-Americans making a new life soon after the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery in 1863. Today, it's an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind small businesses run by passionate locals, embracing the tagline, Hip to Historical. Brochure guides to the district are available in most storefronts, guiding you to hand-dipped treats at Clumpie's Ice Cream, gourmet hot dogs at Good Dog, unique pet treats at Bone Appétit, eco-friendly food and merchandise at Greenlife Grocery/ Whole Foods Market and much more.
Frazier Street Chattanooga, TN
From pt. 1, turn R on Broad St. Go 1/2 block, turn L on 3rd St. Turn L on Market St., cross river to pt 8.
Coolidge and Renaissance Parks
These popular urban parks along the north river bank are two of Chattanooga's gems. In Coolidge Park, don't miss the beautifully restored 1895 Denzel Carousel, enjoy the laughter of kids playing in the interactive fountains in the summer, or try the new earthen slide in Renaissance Park--just bring your own cardboard box. Check with Outdoor Chattanooga and rent a kayak, learn to rock climb, or ask about renting a bike.
200 River St. Chattanooga, TN
Turn R on Frazier Ave., go 3 traffic lights, turn R on Tremont St. Turn R on River St. into Coolidge Park.
Delta Queen Riverboat
Continue through Coolidge Park toward Renaissance Park to pt. 10.
Take a history tour of this grand historic steam paddleboat docked at Coolidge Landing, now restored as a boutique bed & breakfast. Dinner is served seven days a week from 5-9 p.m. in the Texas Lounge. No matter how you experience the Delta Queen, you will be treated to incredible river views.
100 River St. Chattanooga, TN
Bluff View Art District
Perched on a bluff covering about one and a half blocks, this neighborhood has two artisan restaurants including Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria; a coffee house, bakery and sculpture garden; three unique 1900s B&Bs and an art gallery featuring work by nationally known artists, all with views of the river as a backdrop.
After seeing pt. 10, follow road through park to Renaissance Park exit/ entrance. Turn R on Manufacturers Rd., turn R on Cherokee Blvd. Pass Market St., continue on Frazier Ave. Veer L onto Veterans Bridge, turn R on 4th St. Turn R on High St. to pt. 11
Hunter Museum of American Art
The museum is home to an exceptional collection of American art housed in three buildings, one built in each of the last three centuries. It also features one of Chattanooga's most stunning masterpieces: gorgeous views of the Tennessee River.
10 Bluff View Chattanooga, TN
Pt. 12 is at end of High St. There is a free parking lot just inside circle on R.
Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge
Built in 1891, this former vehicular bridge has been transformed into the longest pedestrian bridge in the world, now a city park open from dawn to midnight. Take a stroll across the bridge to the NorthShore Historic District (point 8) and enjoy the view.
Walnut Street Bridge Chattanooga, TN
To the L of pt. 12 is the Holmberg Glass Bridge leading to pt. 13. 100 Walnut St. Chattanooga. If you continue walking past pt. 13 down 1st St., you will return to pts 1-7.
Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Named for the "Empress of the Blues" who started out singing on a corner for pocket change as a little girl, this museum and performance hall promotes African and African-American heritage through cultural and artistic education. Make a stop here for unique exhibits and programming, as well as live jazz and blues performance events.
200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. Chattanooga, TN
From pt. 13, return on High St. to 4th St. Turn R on 4th St., go 5 blks. Turn L on Broad St., go 5 blocks. Turn L on Martin Luther King Blvd. to pt. 14.
More About: A Gold-Domed Building
As you drive toward Lookout Mountain at 8th & Broad Streets, make sure to look to your left for a glimpse of a striking gold-domed building. It was built in 1891 by Adolph Ochs to house his newspaper, the Chattanooga Times. He later went on to purchase the New York Times in 1896.
Chattanooga National Cemetery
Created by General George Thomas and built by the 44th U.S. Colored Troops soon after the Battles for Chattanooga in 1863, this is the final resting place for many Civil War veterans, including the Andrews Raiders, the recipients of the first Medals of Honor, as well as veterans from other wars.
1200 Bailey Ave. Chattanooga, TN
Turn R on Martin Luther King Blvd., go 1.4 miles. Cross Central Ave. onto Bailey Ave., turn R on Holtzclaw Ave. to pt. 15.
Come see why this attraction is known as one of the "Best Little Zoos in America," with six beautifully constructed habitats and a variety of animals, including a camel and the famous chimpanzees and red pandas.
301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Chattanooga, TN
Turn L on Holtzclaw Ave., go 0.6 mile to pt. 16.
Chattanooga Choo Choo Complex
You know the song; now experience it for yourself in this historic landmark, opened in 1909 as a train station terminal. Today, this former depot has been restored to its former grandeur, now a unique vacation destination with shops, restaurants and the famous hotel that lets you sleep in a historic train car.
You have entered the Southside Main St. District.
1400 Market St. Chattanooga, TN
Turn R on Holtzclaw Ave., then R on Bailey Ave. Cross Central Ave. onto Martin Luther King Blvd. Continue 1.6 miles to Market St. Turn L onto Market St., go 0.5 mile to pt. 17.
Tennessee Valley Railroad
Don't miss an opportunity to climb aboard the largest operating historic railroad in the South, with several different train rides created just for visitors. Choose from the 50-minute Missionary Ridge trip or a longer excursion to experience this moving museum. Operating for over 50 years, this attraction was recently featured in the motion picture "Water for Elephants," starring Tennessee native Reese Witherspoon.
4119 Cromwell Rd. Chattanooga, TN
From pt. 17 turn L on Market St., go to I-24E ramp on R. Travel 6.6 miles, merge L onto I-75N. Go 2.4 miles to exit 4 (Airport). Merge onto TN-153, go 3.2 miles to exit 3 (Jersey Pk.). Turn L, take 1st R onto Cromwell Rd. to pt. 18. Turn L on Cromwell
Southside Main Street District
This newly developed arts district features galleries, studios, upscale restaurants and local breakfast and lunch favorites like the Bluegrass Grill. Find a sweet treat at Niedlov's Bakery or fresh produce at the Main Street Farmers Market every Wednesday afternoon.
From pt. 17, turn L on Market St. Go 1/2 block turn L on Main St. Walk a couple of blocks and explore.
International Towing Museum
Visit the world's first tow truck, made right here in town in 1916 by Ernest Holmes, at this museum celebrating the towing and recovery industry. Encounter a collection of restored antique tow trucks, antique cars and a memorial garden and Wall of the Fallen of those who died in the line of duty.
3315 Broad St. Chattanooga, TN
From int. of Market St. & Main St., go NW on Main St. Turn R on Broad St./US-41. Go 1.6 miles to pt. 20.