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Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Chattanooga Riverwalk

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The Chattanooga Riverwalk stretches for 13 miles along the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  We've walked different parts of the Riverwalk in the past but never the whole thing at once.  On this particular day, we began our walk from the downtown Chattanooga area. Two of the first things you'll pass on your walk are the water spout area and the Hunter Museum of American Art.  Then you'll wind your way through a residential area before landing beside the river.
 
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 The Chattanooga Riverwalk


I was a little disappointed that we had walked a good ways before finally landing on a stretch by the river.  I was actually disappointed that the entire stretch we walked on this particular day had very little riverside areas.  The following photos are the ones I took from the area we walked this past weekend.

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Soon after we landing on the stretch by the river from the downtown starting point, we were able to get a good view of the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge.  If you are planning your first visit to Chattanooga, you'll want to allow time to walk across this bridge.  The river view is beautiful and there is a nice shopping district and a beautiful park on the other side.

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Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living
Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living
There are several shady areas on the trail.  The Riverwalk is a great place for biking too.  There are several places in Chattanooga to rent bikes if you don't plan to take your own.

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Beautiful homes line the other side of the river.

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Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living
Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living
My only complaints about the Chattanooga Riverwalk are that not enough of it is close enough to the water.  There are times when you can't see the river at all.  My other complaint is that there are several less than attractive areas you'll have to pass through.  One of those areas is a sewer water treatment plant and well . . . it stinks.

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Image Credit:  Abundant Family Living
The restroom area was nice and clean both times we've visited the Chattanooga Riverwalk.  

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When you stop at the restroom area, you can enjoy a nice break on the benches provided.  

This is as far as we got before heading back to the van to head to dinner at J Alexander.  The last time we walked along the Riverwalk, we started from the opposite end from the downtown entrance.  It seems like, if I remember correctly, the stretch from the restroom area to the other end of the trail offers more riverside views.  Maybe we'll walk the entire 13 miles someday.  Then, we'll be able to show you lots of river view pictures.

Read about more places to visit in Chattanooga, Tennessee here.

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