Chattanooga's month-long RiverRocks festival is filled with dozens of events that stick to 3 main objectives: 1. Get Out, 2. Get Fit, and 3. Have Fun. The festival brings both amateur and world-class athletes to Chattanooga, but it’s not just about competition.
You'll find plenty of opportunities to try new adventures, enjoy great music, and take advantage of the city's incredible outdoor spaces. Whether you enjoy trail running, hiking, cycling, paddling, or climbing, you'll find plenty of opportunities to participate this October.
Some of the festival highlights include:
A fun day on the river plays right into the spirit of all gamblers. Paddle your way to fun prizes by collecting tokens, and then swap them for the best poker hand you can get! It's fun, casual, and free for all Wild Trails members.
If a 10-mile swim sounds too intimidating, check out the 8th Annual Snail Darter. You’ll swim a .5-mile or 1-mile course downstream along the Chattanooga Riverfront. This family-friendly event is a great way to see Chattanooga’s beautiful downtown scenery from the Tennessee River. Register here.
Swim the Suck
This year marks the 8th Annual Swim the Suck, a 10-mile, open-water swim through the Tennessee River Gorge. This swim has been a part of RiverRocks from the beginning, and it has grown into one of the most sought-after open-water swims in the world. This year’s event is sold out, but volunteer opportunities are still available. (Keep in mind that many of the RiverRocks events fill extremely fast every year. Register early to get a spot in next year’s festival.)
This is a 5K timed rowing event for both new and seasoned competitors. Sponsored by the Lookout Rowing Club, the Chattanooga Head Race is a great way to be competitive in a more relaxed race environment. There will be plenty of places for spectators to enjoy a gorgeous fall afternoon along the banks of the Tennessee River and. Register here.
ROAD & TRAIL
Rock/Creek StumpJump 50K
Come run the largest and most competitive 50K trail race in the Southeast. The StumpJump takes place on the beautiful single-track trails of Signal Mountain and Walden Ridge and features more than 4,400 feet of elevation gain. Register here.
The 7 Bridges Marathon offers runners an excellent tour of the city as they cross the Tennessee River multiple times during this popular race. Some points of interest include the Tennessee Aquarium, AT&T Field, Creative Discovery Museum, the Riverwalk, Bluff View Arts District, Hunter Museum of American Art, and the historic Walnut Street Bridge before finishing the 26.2 mile run in Coolidge Park. Register here.
The Trailblaze Challenge is a 26-mile hike benefitting Make-A-Wish East Tennessee. The hike begins at the base of Cloudland Canyon and finishes atop Lookout Mountain at Lula Lake Land Trust. Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage along some of the most beautiful trails in Georgia and Tennessee while helping to grant the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions. Register here.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided, downhill mountain bike adventure starting at the top of Lookout Mountain and ending in downtown Chattanooga. This family-friendly outing is great for beginners and a great way to experience the Guild Trail and the newest section of the Tennessee Riverwalk in St. Elmo. Make a reservation here.
This brand new event features a 7-mile bicycle and pedestrian route that runs from downtown into the neighborhoods of East Chattanooga. Along the way, you’ll experience a series of themed neighborhood block parties until you reach the finale parade on Glass Street. This free event is a great way to explore music, food, and fun throughout Chattanooga’s neighborhoods.
Lula Lake Land Trust Five Points 50/25
The 5 Points 50/25 is Chattanooga’s ultimate endurance mountain bike race. Racers will enjoy a grueling course packed with single track, climbs, downhills, rock gardens, and smooth flowy trails through Lula Lake Land Trust and the Cloudland Connector Trails. Post-race activities include camping, music, vendors, and food. Register here.
ROCK & BOULDER
Triple Crown of Bouldering
This legendary climbing competition takes place at Stone Fort (formerly known as Little Rock City) and is one of the reasons Chattanooga has become one of the premier bouldering destinations in the country. You'll be able to see some of the best climbers in the country take on all kinds of boulders – or try some for yourself. Register here.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for an outdoor music series that’s free and family friendly. Gather around a campfire at the City of Chattanooga’s Greenway Farm and enjoy a fall evening in a rustic setting. Don’t forget to bring your blankets, camp chairs, and, of course, marshmallows for roasting!
3 Sisters Music Festival
The 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival is celebrating 11 years of free music and fun presented by Fletcher Bright Company. Grab your friends and a lawn chair to enjoy 2 days of live bluegrass music from Molly Tuttle, The Stray Birds, Kruger Brothers, and more. View the full lineup here.
Get ready for some high-flying family fun at Sculpture Fields at Montague Park. The skies will be filled with colossal and colorful kites, stunt kites, and Rokaku battle kites. Experience parachute kite races, performances by Chattanooga Aerials, hands-on activities, local food trucks, and beer.
For more events and information, visit RiverRocks.