Your Definitive Guide to Fall in Chattanooga

Fall is the most glorious of seasons, especially in the Scenic City. From festivals to concerts, hiking to family gatherings, fall brings with it new life on the back of a cool morning breeze. Chattanooga’s fall is particularly wonderful. Tucked away in the mountains of Southeast, TN, the city acts as a hub for all of the surrounding natural attractions and as a focal point for festivals, concerts, and other events. If you happen to be in the Chattanooga area, we’ve put together a list of 50 activities for you to get out and explore this fall whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or frequent concert goer, we’ve got something for you.

 

Festivals

Jazzanooga

When: August 23 – October 25 | 6pm

Where: Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Come experience the best soul, blues, funk and jazz the south has to offer. Jazzanooga is back for a second year and includes some of the area’s most talented and inventive musicians. This family friendly event will also have food and beverage vendors on site, so chow down, drink up, and cut loose to some amazing music.

Price: Free

For more information, click here.

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Wine Over Water

Wine Over Water Food & Wine Festival

Where: Walnut Street Bridge

When: Oct. 4-7/5-8 p.m.

Enjoy wine samples from more than 100 wineries, snacks, and live music while strolling across the historic Walnut Street Bridge. Proceeds benefit the preservation of historical properties in Chattanooga.

Get your tickets here.

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River Rocks Festival Chattanooga

River Rocks Festival

When: October 5 – 21

Where: Chattanooga

No matter what your interest, RiverRocks has something right up your alley. The 16 day festival includes outdoor activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, rowing, and trail running, as well as entertainment options such as live music, urban rappelling, fall colors tours and much more. If you’re new to the area, or even if you’ve lived here all your life, there’s no better way to experience the Scenic City.

For more information on specific events, click here.

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Southern Bend Yoga and Fitness Festival

Southern Bend Yoga & Fitness Festival and 5k by Wild Trails

When: Saturday, Oct 13 | 10am – 6pm

Where: Coolidge Park

Featuring yoga of all forms, this is the festival for the fitness guru. Whether you like your yoga on the water, in the air, or on the ground, Southern Bend Yoga & Fitness Festival has something for you. Also expect circuit training, spin classes, crossfit, barre, meditation, mindfulness, and of course a 5k. There will be music and vendors and all proceeds help a local child receive an organ transplant. What’s not to love?

Price: $10 – $60

Get tickets here.

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Woman Climbing at Stone Fort

2018 Women’s Climbing Festival by Flash Foxy

When: Oct 12 – Oct 14

Where: All Over

Flash Foxy’s women’s specific climbing events have been growing steadily over the past few years and we’re excited they consistently choose to come to Chattanooga. With workshops, film screenings, yoga, presentations, and more, this festival provides a great safe space for those just looking to learn how to climb and a wonderful opportunity for veteran climbers to connect and build community in and around Chattanooga. While the event is sold out, keep this on your radar and join the waitlist!

Price: SOLD OUT

Get on the waitlist here.

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Mini Maker Faire by the Company Lab

Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire by The Company Lab

When: Saturday, Oct 20 | 10am – 4pm

Where: Chattanooga Public Library – Downtown Branch

While not really a festival, we were inclined to include this great little family outing. If you aren’t familiar with ‘maker spaces’ or haven’t heard the word ‘maker’ in this context, it’s time to go learn about the latest educational phenomenon. Making is just what it sounds like, the art and science of making things but this event encourages your child to push the boundaries of what that means by exploring what might be novel media to your child, whether it’s electronics, raspberry pi computers, conductive putty, you’ll be mesmerized by all the great activities presented and the possibilities for fun and engaging learning. Over 2000 people are expected to attend and you’ll definitely want to be one of them.

Price: Free

Registration is encouraged for planning purposes.

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cartersville bluegrass and folk festival

Cartersville Bluegrass and Folk Festival

When: Saturday, Oct 20

Where: 1 Friendship Plaza, Cartersville, GA 30120

2 stages, 14 performances, over 50 vendors. This festival focusing on regional bluegrass acts is a little outside of Chattanooga proper but well worth the drive. Cartersville is just a short jaunt down 75 and into Georgia.

Price: Free

While their event page says sales have ended, the event itself is free so they probably never happened anyway.

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Festival of the Jack O' Lanterns

Festival of the Jack O’ Lanterns

When: Saturday, Oct 27 | 4pm

Where: Reflection Arboretum & Nature Center

Family friendly festival? Check. Painting pumpkins with the Hunter Art Museum? Check. Outdoor music and films? Check. Animal ambassadors? Check. Free admission? Check. Free parking? Nope. Parking’s gonna cost at this one. $15 for guests, $10 for members of the Hunter Museum, Free for Reflection Riding members.

Price: Free

Register here.

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Bruiser Boo Bash

Bruiser Boo Bash

When: Saturday, Oct 27 | 3pm – 5:30pm

Where: Girl’s Preparatory School

The second annual Bruiser Boo Bash hosted by GPS describes itself as “an afternoon of fall fun and festivities, including carnival games, crafts, inflatables, contest giveaways, sweet treats, and more!” They also mention it’s perfect for children ages preschool to third grade and will include football viewing for parents who don’t want to miss a game. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Price: Free

RSVP here or just show up.

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Bigfoot & BBQ Reliance TN

Bigfoot & BBQ

When: Saturday, Oct 27 | 10am – 6pm

Where: 179 Tellico Reliance Road, Reliance, TN 37369

If you search for directions on Google Maps, you’ll be taken up 75 to Cleveland, then out 64 towards the Ocoee River, turning off 64 onto 411 to head north through Benton but we’d like to suggest an alternate route. If fall foliage and beautiful drives are what you’re looking for we suggest continuing along 64 (you’ll lose cell service) and turning left onto Highway 30 to take the backway to Reliance along a winding forest road. Eventually you’ll end up at bridge by Webb’s Store and across the Hiwassee River you’ll find Flip Flops Burgers and probably the most fun festival on our list – one filled with Bigfoot hunters, storytelling, and bluegrass music. If you want to show up well before 10am skip down to our fishing section and see what other options are available in the surrounding area.

Price: $10

Get tickets here.

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Scenic City Eggfest

Scenic City Eggfest

When: Saturday, Oct 27 | 10am – 3pm

Where: Collegedale Commons

A day completely dedicated to the dad in all of us – the Scenic City Eggfest exclusively celebrates the Big Green Egg. “Eggheads” travel from all over the region to showcase their skills and provide samples. They’ll also be offering cooking classes. If you’re still on the fence, you should know that all proceeds go to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Good food, good cause.

Price: $20, kids 12 & under free

Get tickets here.

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Sculptures in the Sky

Sculptures in the Sky

When: Saturday, Nov 3 | 12pm – 6pm

Where:1800 Polk S off Mainstreet on the Southside

Remember the simple joys of flying a kite on a windy day, well prepare to see the not so simple version of that. Filled with ” colossal and colorful kites, stunt kites and Rokkaku battle kites” is sure to be a sight to see. We don’t know what a “Rokkaku battle kite” is but we’re definitely going to find out. There will also be food trucks, a beer tent, and the chance to make your own kite for free.

Price: Free

Register here.

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Byrd's Creek Music Festival

Byrd’s Creek Music Festival

When: Nov 2 – Nov 4

Where: The Barn Oaklawn Farms 5754 Old US 70 East, Crossville, Tn 38555

If you’ve never ventured out of the mountains surrounding the ‘noog and up to the Cumberland Plateau, now’s your chance. Hosted on a 240 acre family farm outside of Crossville, the Byrd’s Creek Music Festival is free for children under 10 and has ample camping packages available with space for RV’s. Larry Sparks, Joe Pug, Old Salt Union, and more will be attending so if Americana, Rock, Folk, or Bluegrass is your thing, check the full line-up below.

Price: $35 – $45

See the full line-up and Get tickets here.

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North Georgia Beer & Cider Festival

North Georgia Mountains Beer & Cider Fest

When: Saturday, Nov 10 | 11:30am (VIP) 12pm (GA)

Where: Copperhead Lodge 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, GA 30512

Explore the grounds of the Copperhead Lodge in beautiful Blairsville, a short drive from Chattanooga into the North Georgia mountains. With tastings available from Noble Cider, Currahee Brewing, New Belgium, Highland Brewing, Nantahala Brewing, Fannin Brewing Company, Grumpy Old Men, Lagunitas, and Lazy Hiker with more to be announced this is a craft beer fiend’s dream come true. Children are allowed, fur kids are not so plan accordingly.

Price: $35 – $45

Get tickets here.

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Food

 

Cookies Cookie Making Food Art Cookie Decorating

It’s Fall Ya’ll: Beginners Cookie Class by Farm Chick Bake Shop

When: Sunday, Oct 7 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Where: Frost Creek Farms, Ooltewah

That’s right. This isn’t a cooking class. It’s a cookie class. Using Royal Icing is no walk in the park apparently so this course will teach you the basics, including outlining, flooding and wet-on-wet decorating. Minimum of 6 people. Maximum of 10. All tools provided, cookies are already baked so the focus is primarily on decoration techniques.

Price: $65

Get your tickets here.

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Bleu Fox Cheese Shop

Cheese & Cider Pairing by Bleu Fox Cheese Shop

When: Wednesday , Oct 10 | 6pm – 8pm

Where: Bleu Fox Cheese Shop 330 East Main Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408

Autumn, the season of crisp apples and some of our favorite seasonal cheeses. Our cheesemongers will take participates on a tasty tour of unique French and Spanish ciders paired with some of the very best seasonal cheeses. It is sure to be a delicious adventure.

Price: $35

Sold out but keep an eye out for a waitlist here.

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Filipino Pork Adobo

Learn. Eat. Take: Filipino American Cuisine

When: Thursday, Oct 11 | 6pm – 8pm

Where: Chattanooga Kitchen 1900 Reggie White Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN 37408

Learn to cook Filipino Pork Adobo, a dish made with soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, onions, and bay leaves sauce, paired with garlic fried rice. Once you’re done mastering this new recipe, take home your leftovers along with new skills to enjoy at home.

Price: $30

Get your tickets here. Limited to 12 participants.

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Reflection Riding Center

Tasting Club: Asado

When: Saturday, Oct 13 | 6:30pm – 9pm

Where: Reflection Arboretum & Nature Center

Explore the connection between Italian and South American foods with Panoram Imports in a beautiful outdoor setting. Self described as “Asado experience is an extravagant, outdoor dining affair with mountains of grilled meats and wine flowing freely. Enjoy the transition into Autumn by lingering outside at the base of Lookout mountain in the idyllic, grassy fields of Reflection Riding Arboretum,” if you’re a foodie and not in a club already, this seems like the one to join. While the event is technically private, they note you can join the Tasting Club by attending this event and signing up for free!

Price: $135

Get your tickets here.

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Steve’s Landing

When: Soddy Daisy

Where: 1145 Poling Cir, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379

Steve’s Landing is a quaint waterfront restaurant tucked away in Soddy Daisy, usually the summer haunt of lake dwelling Chattanoogan’s as it’s easily accessible by boat. The food is down home and the service is excellent, if you’re looking for a great sandwich or any other southern style food check out their menu. Even if you aren’t a huge fan, it’s important to go at least once.

Price: $65

Get your tickets here.

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Bluff View Art District

Rembrandt’s Coffee House

Where: Bluff View Art District – Downtown

Address: 204 High St, Chattanooga, TN

Nestled neatly within the historic art district, Rembrandt’s Coffee House is a hidden gem in downtown Chattanooga. Walk into Rembrandt’s, and you’re immediately transported to Europe; everything from the food to the architecture and interior design make it feel as if Rembrandt actually used to sit down there for afternoon coffee. Their full menu offers soups, salads, and sandwiches to go along with coffee and pastries. Sit inside in the quaint dining area, or take your party outside to the shady and secluded overgrown patio area that just feels like you’re having lunch in Paris.

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Aretha Frankenstein's

Aretha Frankenstein’s

Where:North Shore

Address: 518 Tremont St, Chattanooga, TN 37405

If brunch is your thing, look no further than one of the best brunch spots in the entire Southeast. Aretha Frankenstein’s is a small restaurant (really small, 6 tables kind of small) converted from a little house on the North Shore. They’re open from 7am – 12pm, but if you want the full experience, you should try to make it for brunch. It’s unique atmosphere and delicious soul food make Aretha’s a must for anyone visiting the scenic city.

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Hikes

 

Snooper's Rock Overlook

Snooper’s Rock

Where: Prentice Cooper State Forest | 19 miles from Downtown

Difficulty: Varies by route

One of the more hidden overlooks surrounding Chattanooga, Snooper’s Rock provides a gorgeous panoramic view of the horseshoe bend of Tennessee River. You can reach the view just a quarter mile from the parking lot or take longer routes like the Mullins Cove Loop (10 miles). The view is best taken in at Sunset, which isn’t too hard to achieve taking the quarter mile option but sunset isn’t too bad either if you’re not into getting up that early.

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Julia Falls

Julia Falls & Signal Point

Where: Historic Signal Mountain | 6 miles from Downtown

Difficulty: Easy

If you’re looking for a hike with multiple payoffs, Julia Falls should be your first choice. Starting at the National Parks Service parking lot, travel 100 yards on the trail for a spectacular view in the Tennessee River Gorge. You could turn back here and be more than satisfied but if you continue on through the “Mousetrap,” a set of stairs and rails leading to the edge of the mountain for another gorgeous view. But wait, there’s more. Just a mile further up the trail, you’ll find Julia Falls, a 100 foot waterfall pouring into a lush gorge. Continuing on for another half mile, you can find Rainbow Falls but note the trail is significantly more technical (read: unimproved) past Julia Falls.

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Jack's River Falls

Jack’s River Falls

Where: Old Fort, TN

Difficulty: Varies by route

Jack’s River Falls is a glorious summer hike and a wonderful fall backpacking trip if you’re prepared. With 42 river crossings over 16 miles and a stunning waterfall along the way, it’s definitely well worth the trip. Not only is Jack’s River a fun and easy hike, the Conasauga River that flows through the area is the only home to the tricolor darter, one of Tennessee’s endangered species. There are horse trails and camping opportunities galore in this designated wilderness area with a backdoor to Big Frog Mountain if you’re brave enough to find it.

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Savage Gulf

Savage Gulf – North Rim Trail

Where: Palmer, Tn

Difficulty: Varies by route

Savage Gulf sits atop the Cumberland Plateau boasting a plethora of trails. You can go see Stone Door, hike through the gorge, or our favorite, plan an overnight to Hobbs Cabin along the North Rim. The North Rim trail is relatively flat leading to a small cabin with 6 webbing bunks about 8.1 miles in. The cabin is usually first come, first serve and holds a small table and fireplace to ward off the fall chill. While the hike may not be the most inspiring on the list, the adventure of hiking to a small remote cabin tucked away in the wilderness is definitely worth the trip.

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Cumberland Trail North Chick

Cumberland Trail: North Chick

Where: 310 Montlake Rd, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379

Difficulty: Moderate

The North Chick trail is full of old fashioned adventure from creek crossings to ladders and staircases that make navigating the somewhat difficult terrain manageable and fun. The trail follows an old coal mining road for the first portion before passing an open mine and heading back to the creek. You’ll be rewarded with several overlooks along the way, the best being the Panther Branch overlook near the end. The trail ends at an old jeep road so if you’re looking for a one way hike, shuttling might be an option, but if you’re looking for something longer, an out and back would total 16.6 miles, the trail itself is 8.3 with campsites along the way, the most notable being the Stevenson Branch campsite at the confluence of Stevenson Branch and Cooper Creek.

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Lula Lake Land Trust

Lula Lake Trails

Where: 5000 Lula Lake Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750

Difficulty: Easy

Notes: Only open the first and last weekend of the month

The Lula Lake Land Trust sits on the Eastern slopes of Lookout Mountain offering stunning waterfalls and mild trails ranging from .25 to 1.25 miles each. The entire trail system together offers over 6 miles of trails though if you’re looking for a longer day out. Within the lakes punchbowl formation you’ll find brilliant blue waters reminiscent of a faraway islands, only the sandstone walls remind you that you aren’t actually enjoying a day in the Caribbean. Following a small stream from the lake a few hundred yards, you’ll find the water cascading down the majestic Lula Lake Falls.

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Foster Falls

Foster Falls

Where: South Cumberland State Park off Foster Falls Rd.

Difficulty: Easy

Quite possibly one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Southeast, Foster Falls plunges over 80 feet in a single cascade. The falls is within a mile of the trailhead, making this an easy, dog friendly day hike with an incredible reward to effort ratio. If you’d like to spend more time in the area, the trail continues with 4 more waterfalls and ample climbing opportunities along the climber’s loop.

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Ellicott Rock Wilderness

Ellicott Rock Wilderness

Where: The Intersection of North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina

Difficulty: Easy

For the history buffs out there, there’s the Ellicott Rock Wilderness. Andrew Ellicott was asked to determine the boundary between Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina in 1811, leaving an almost unnoticeable mark on the east bank of the Chattooga River that flows through the area. Another survey marker is located on the far bank, that which Ellicott was there to dispute. It’s an easy hike, flat and along the shores of a gorgeous river full of trout. Throw a tenkara rod in your pack and make a weekend out of it, or just enjoy the fall colors which are absolutely stunning in this area. The included photo is from one of our own hikes, shot with an old iPhone 5 and it’s still stunning.

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Fly Fishing

 

Hiwassee River

The Hiwassee River

Where: Reliance, TN

Access: Childer’s Creek Road, Powerhouse Road

If you attended the Bigfoot & BBQ festival mentioned above, or hope to attend, it’s nestled right along the banks of the Hiwassee River. The Hiwassee is one of East TN’s not so hidden gems, full of big rainbows and browns with a regular stocking schedule and a delayed harvest, it’s an absolute delight to spend a day on this gorgeous water. From the views atop Big Bend to playful otters splashing downstream, this a great spot to spend a day with the family. You can camp at Reliance Fly & Tackle, a streamside Orvis dealer, or at Gee Creek Campground at the base of Starr Mountain. If you’re hunting trophy fish, Big Bend to the train tracks is single hook, artificial lures only and is guaranteed to produce some monsters if you’re down for the hunt. There’s plenty of pull offs and easy access along the whole stream if you’re looking to wade, but if this tailwater is running at 2 generators, you might want to reach out to some local guides and float it in a drift boat, either way it’s pleasure to spend anytime on the ‘wass.

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Bald River Gorge

Tellico Trifecta

Where: Tellico Plains, TN

Access: River Road, Bald River Road, Green Cove Road, North River Road, Bald River Gorge Trail

Let us introduce what we like to call the Tellico Trifecta. Most people fish the Tellico River or Citico Creek, both requiring a day permit you can obtain at the local shop, but that’s not all this area has to offer – there’s also the lonely Bald and North Rivers. We’ll start with the Tellico River, it’s heavily fished but the whole stream looks promising, a quick search online will prove that it is, in fact, promising. The fish pulled out of this river are colorful and can be quite large, 12-14 inches is common. If the traffic along River Road is a little much, go ahead and stop at the bridge by Bald River Falls, it will be easily identifiable from all the people milling about taking pictures. Take your rod and a lunch and head up the trail to the top of the falls where you’ll find ample wild rainbows over the 3.7 mile stretch through the gorge up to FS Road 126 (Bald River Road), there’s still fishing to be had from here up to Henderson Branch with brookies and browns. This short stretch offers open, flat water, perfect for teaching someone to fly fish. But this list is about fall activities so we would be remiss to leave out the North River. The North River is primarily a brown trout stream, and browns run in October and November, making this prime brown trout season. The North is a small stream with numerous campsites spread along its length, follow River Road to the Tellico Check-In Station, take a left, and you’ll hit North River Road, take a right and follow the river, providing access almost the entire way. Once you’re done, head into town for breakfast at the Tellico Grains Bakery or finish off the evening with a delicious pizza at the Bear’s Den, then stop by the Tellico Beach for a little dessert on the way back to camp.

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Abram's Creek GSMNP

Abram’s Creek

Where: Cades Cove Loop, GSMNP

Access: Abram’s Falls Trail from the Cades Cove Loop, Abrams Falls Campground

Abram’s Creek produces some of the largest rainbows the park has to offer. While it is a short haul from Chattanooga at about 3 hours, if you’re looking to make a weekend of it, Smoky Mountains National Park is a great destination. Abram’s creek is unique in the park in that is originates in Cades Cove, a limestone window providing low pH perfect for growing large trout before it becomes a freestone stream. In the upper portions you can find easy access all along the Abram’s Creek Trail before you get to the horseshoe, where the stream leaves the trail for about a mile. Past the horseshoe you can find Abram’s Falls, a stunning waterfall best viewed in the peaceful, early morning before tourists start pouring in. We should note, that if you don’t get out in the fall, Abram’s flows all winter and is perfect if you’re looking to test the limits and get in some snow covered, late January fishing.

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TwentyMile Creek

Twentymile Creek

Where: Cheoah Lake, Robbinsville, NC (along the Tail of the Dragon)

Access: Twentymile Creek Trailhead

If you’re prone to car sickness, go ahead and skip to the next fishing opportunity but if you’re looking for a challenging bit of solitude, read on. Twentymile Creek sits nestled above the infamous Tail of the Dragon, a windy road alongside Cheoah Lake popular with motorcyclists. Due to the out of the way nature of this creek, in what’s called the Far Forgotten East of the park, the small parking lot, and more difficult than average terrain, you’ll most likely have this stream to yourself. Actually, we’ve never seen another fisherman on the water there, in the parking lot – yes, on the water – no. But all of this challenge does come with its rewards, beautiful scenery, deep plunging pools, pristine pocket water, and hard hitting trout. There’s nothing more rewarding than pulling a fish out of Twentymile Creek, except maybe the next honey hole.

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Cataloochee Valley

The Cataloochee Valley

Where: GSMNP

Access: Cataloochee Creek Road

This is as far as we’ll get from Chattanooga, the Far Far Forgotten East of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Nestled in the remote Cataloochee Valley sits a whole slew of creeks to explore and fish but our favorite is the Cataloochee itself. There’s just something about casting a fly upstream while a whitewashed, one room, century old schoolhouse sits on the bank just downstream. With horses milling about and elk roaming the fields, this picturesque setting is quite possibly the best place to catch trout in the park. It may not be the most productive of the fisheries listed, but it certainly is the most fun, with miles of trails and feeder creeks full of fish, this is another full weekend trip. Elk were released in this section of the park in the early 2000’s and rangers give presentations about them on weekends, meeting at the old Palmer House. Being able to catch gorgeous wild trout, with elk bugling in the distance or feeding in the field behind you, while the fall foliage is on full display, is definitely something to add to your fall bucket list.

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Attractions

 

Ruby Falls, 145 foot waterfall deep inside Lookout mountain, Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America, North America

Ruby Falls

Where: Lookout Mountain; Chattanooga, TN

Cost: $11.95-$19.95

Looking for a fun weekend outing for the whole family? Ruby Falls offers visitors the opportunity to witness the tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public. Take a guided tour and discover the underground rock formations and hear the long-told stories of the history behind Ruby Falls.

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Incline Railway

Incline Railway

Where: Lookout Mountain; Chattanooga, TN

Cost: $7.00-$15.00

Take a ride on “America’s Most Amazing Mile” right here in Chattanooga, TN! Experience the breathtaking fall colors from a railcar while climbing Lookout Mountain. You can even visit the machine room where you can see first hand how the railcar is maneuvered.

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The Lost Sea

The Lost Sea

Where: Sweetwater, TN

Cost: Adult: $20.95

         Child: $11.95 (ages 4-12). Children 3 and under are free.

Experience a boat ride, underground! Get a first-hand look at the largest underground lake open to the public. See the unique rock formations and nature-made rooms that will leave you breathless! Be sure to check out the fish swimming around in the underground lake!

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Boo in the Zoo

Boo in the Zoo

Where: Chattanooga Zoo

Cost: Members: $10/Non-Members: $15. Children 2 and under are free.

Looking for a non-scary, family friendly Halloween experience this season? Chattanooga Zoo’s annual Boo in the Zoo is back and serving up some of the best family fun this season! Activities include treat or treating, costume contest, bounce houses, hay rides and, of course, all of the amazing animals the Chattanooga Zoo has to offer.

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See Rock City!

Rock City

Where: Lookout Mountain; Chattanooga, TN

Cost: $11.95-$19.95

Experience Chattanooga 1700 feet above sea level! If you are brave enough, take a stroll across the Swing-A-Long bridge that spans nearly 200 feet. If you want to catch some exceptional fall views of the Tennessee valley, step up to the climbing wall at “Lover’s Leap” where you can see seven states at once! If you’re looking for a day of family fun, Rock City will not disappoint!

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Lake Winnepespookah

Lake Winnepe(spookah)

Where: Lake Winnie; Chattanooga, TN

Cost: $26 + tax

Never visited Chattanooga’s very own amusement park, Lake Winnepesaukah? This time of year at Lake Winnepesaukah, visitors have the opportunity to see special costumed characters, parades every hour, and more spooky surprises that are fun for the whole family! Whether you are brave enough to take on the cannonball roller coaster, or if you prefer to challenge your friends to bumper cars, Lake Winnie in Chattanooga, TN has you covered!

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Chattanooga Market

The Chattanooga Market

Where: The Tennessee Pavilion; Chattanooga, TN

Cost: FREE

Every Sunday from 11AM-4PM local entrepreneurs gather together to host the Chattanooga Market. At the market you may find local produce and locally made arts and crafts. This Sunday, take your family out to the Chattanooga Market for an experience like no other right here in our scenic city.

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Aquascarium

The Tennessee Aquarium (Aquascarium – October 26th)

Where: Chattanooga, TN

Cost: $18.95 – $29.95

Enjoy an experience from the mountains to the sea at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN.  Check out the River Giants exhibit or take a closer look at penguins at Penguins’ Rock. Visiting this fall? Be sure to check out the Aquascarium happening on October 26th from 4-8PM! Come in costume and take advantage of spooky animals and yummy treats!

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Concerts

 

Fireside Outdoor Concert Series

Fireside Outdoor Concert Series

Where: Greenway Farms Park 5051 Gann Store Road, Chattanooga, TN 37343

When: Every Thursday in October

Cost: Free

This concert series is one of the many reasons we love Chattanooga. It’s a completely free two hour set every Thursday at a wonderful fall venue – outside on the porch of a log cabin. The event is sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, so thank you for that. Follow the registration link below and you can change the date to see the different sets but they’re all great.

Register here.

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Lenox Hills

*repeat repeat with Lenox Hills

Where:Songbirds South, 35 Stations Street Chattanooga, TN 

When: Oct 5

Cost: $10-$12

We hadn’t heard of *repeat repeat but were rather familiar with Lenox Hills. Upon finding *repeat repeat on Spotify, we were surprisingly pleased with the variety their work. It seemed like each song pulled elements from different genres with different emphasis for each catchy tune, ensuring there’s at least one or two songs everyone will love. Lenox Hills on the other hand is an old favorite. They’re new song Two Monkey’s in Love is fun, upbeat, and perfect for fall mountain drives. Basically you don’t want to miss this stellar set.

Get Tickets here.

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John Mark McMillan

John Mark McMillan

Where: Songbirds South, 35 Stations Street Chattanooga, TN 

When: Oct 10

Cost: $18-$35

We first saw John Mark McMillan at the Compadres Tour with NEEDTOBREATHE in Atlanta. We quickly fell in love with his eclectic blend of rock, folk, blues, and anything else he feels like throwing in the mix. Spotify describes him as an anomaly, carving out his own niche. If you haven’t seen him or aren’t sure you’ll like him, you should, you will.

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Gov't Mule

Gov’t Mule

Where: The Signal 1810 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN

When: Oct 25

Cost: $35-$70

Originally a side project of the Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody, this southern rock jam band is sure to please in their 20th year. If you haven’t heard them before, now’s your chance but we’re pretty sure you probably have at some point. No one’s ever disappointed in a jam band anyway so might as well head on over.

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S'mores and Songwriters

S’mores and Songwriters

Where: Treetop Hideaways 576 Chattanooga Valley Road, GA 30725

When: Oct 25

Cost: Free, Suggest $5 Donation

We’re music lovers, we like concerts as much as the next guy or gal but this show holds a special place in our hearts. This campfire jam session embodies what we believe Chattanooga is all about. S’mores and Songwriters is hosted by Chattanooga House Shows and REI. The stage is accessed via a dirt trail and log staircase, it’s BYOB but no glass, pack it in pack it out, bring food to share, they could use some volunteers if you’d like, donate if you can but not required. That sounds like more work than some concerts, but it also sounds incredibly community driven and community building – two things we love. We hope to see you out there.

No ticket sales, Get the details here.

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Where: Tivoli Theatre

When: Oct 28

Cost: $290+

Definitely the priciest concert we’ll mention, but it’s Bob Dylan. Do we really need to explain much further? It’s Bob Dylan.

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Gary Clark Jr

Gary Clark, Jr.

Where: The Signal 1810 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN

When: Nov 2

Cost: $37.50 – $150

Gary Clark, Jr had our hearts the first time we heard him. A clear, but sometimes gravelly, voice with rock undertones reminiscent of early classic rock artists mixed with some memphis blues, we love his style and stage presence. View this live version of Bright Lights if you need convincing.

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LANCO

LANCO

Where: The Signal 1810 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN

When: Nov 8

Cost: $25 – $99

LANCO is easily one of our favorite up and coming country artist. Coming out strong with singles like Greatest Love Story, Hallelujah Nights, and Born to Love you, they took the country scene by storm this year. Their shows in Chattanooga are always a treat, this area is close to their hearts, several of the members being from the area and some even attending local colleges.

Get tickets here.

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