Fall in Chattanooga


There’s a great time to visit a city – and then there’s the perfect time to visit a city. Fall in Chattanooga’s Naturehood is filled with spectacular changing colors, outdoor festivals, foodie events, live music, Oktoberfest celebrations, and even some thrilling Halloween experiences.

The majority of events take place downtown or less than 15 minutes away so everything is easy to get to. If you start downtown, you can park the car and easily navigate the compact and vibrant downtown by foot, free electric shuttle or on a bike from the bike share system. Lookout Mountain fun and other popular events and attractions are less than 15 minutes from downtown.

You will quickly see why Chattanooga was named Outside magazine’s “Best Town Ever” twice, listed in the New York Times’ top “45 Places to Visit” in the universe, and National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Towns in the U.S. to Live + Play.”

Get all the details for your Fall in Chattanooga getaway here.

Chattanooga offers many options to see the brilliant changing colors by bike, boat and train. And the roads are always wide open for some cruising in your car or motorcycle.

  • BY BIKE Hop on a bike from the Chattanooga Bike Share System and view the beautiful fall foliage on the 13-mile paved Riverwalk that runs along the Tennessee River and through the scenic Bluff View Art District. Bring your mountain bike and explore the trails at Stringer’s Ridge, Enterprise South Nature Park or on Lookout, Signal or Raccoon Mountains.
  • BY BOATTake a cruise into the Tennessee River Gorge where you’ll see nature’s brilliant canvas of fall colors. Cruises available aboard the Tennessee Aquarium’s River Gorge Explorer and the Southern Belle Riverboat. Or try something a bit more unique aboard the Chattanooga Cycleboats.
  • BY TRAINJump on board the Tennessee Valley Railroad or Lookout Mountain Incline Railway for a variety of train rides that take you through the beautiful Tennessee or straight up Lookout Mountain.

Enjoy a variety of fun during one of Chattanooga’s top festivals and events including Rocktoberfest, Oktoberfest, Wine Over Water, 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival, Rock City’s Blowing Springs Farm featuring the Enchanted MAiZE, Ruby Falls’ Haunted Cavern, Lake Winnepesaukah’s WinnepeSPOOKah!, Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Halloween Eerie Express, Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo in the Zoo, and RiverRocks. Or check out live music and entertainment at the Comedy Catch, Track 29, JJ’s, or The Camp House – to name a few.  

Chattanooga is experienced best when you spend a few days and really take time to enjoy your visit. Many of the accommodations provide special fall, family or romantic packages that save you money.

When Chattanooga transforms itself to ChattaBOOga! in October, it’s not the typical haunted city. Only for the bravest of souls, there’s an intense haunted cavern crawling with terrifying creatures from the Flesh Farm, a haunted trail deep in the woods, and chilling ghost hunts in search of the city’s restless dead. For more mild experiences, families can enjoy 10-acre enchanted MAiZE, spooky rides aboard a haunted vintage train, trick-or-treating around zoo animals, haunted amusement park rides, and a super-sized, special exhibition showcasing stunning life-sized sculptures of monster fish and hands-on interactive exhibits.

  • Tune Into Chattanooga's Fall Music

  • RiverRocks Festival

  • 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival

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