Fall Colors in the Scenic City

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

Weekly Color Forecast

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
Chattanooga Fall Colors Weekly Forecast by Gene Hyde, City of Chattanooga Forester:

The colors have been outstanding over the past week and this week is no exception. Don’t miss your chance to see the many trees that are displaying their peak color this week. They can be seen along the ridges, and scattered across Signal, Lookout, and Raccoon Mountains. Here is what to look for:

  • Maples – Scarlet red and bright yellow.
  • Hickory – Bright Yellow.
  • Poplars – Yellow.
  • Ginkgoes (look for in urban areas) – Golden yellow.

This is the last Fall Colors Weekly Forecast for 2017.


Enjoy miles and miles of breathtaking vistas from Signal Point (the southern terminus of the Cumberland Trail), Raccoon Mountain, Sunset Rock, Lula Lake Land Trust, Prentice Cooper State Park, Point Park, and more.

Sunset Rock


Take a cruise into the Tennessee River Gorge where you’ll see nature’s brilliant canvas of fall colors aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat. Or, try something a bit more unique on the downtown Tennessee River with the Chattanooga Ducks or Chattanooga Cycleboats.

  • Fall Leaf Cruises/Chattanooga Riverboat Co.'s Southern Belle ($)
    Oct. 1-Nov. 18, daily, times vary
    Cruise the Grand Canyon of the Tennessee River and see one of nature’s most brilliant displays of color. This three-hour cruise includes live entertainment, live narration of the historical sites along the river, Pilot House tours, delicious food, and free bingo with prizes. Reservations can be booked online or by phone.

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Jump on board the Tennessee Valley Railroad or Lookout Mountain Incline Railway for a variety of train rides that take you through the beautiful Tennessee valley or straight up Lookout Mountain.

  • Summerville Steam Special/Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum ($)
    Sept.-Nov., times & dates vary
    Experience the fall colors aboard a vintage train that follows a historic route from Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga to Summerville, Georgia and then back. There are a variety of cars and dining options. Explore the town of Summerville during the 1.5 hour layover.

  • Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Missionary Ridge Local Trips ($)
    Sept.-Oct., times & dates vary
    The Missionary Ridge Local trip begins at Grand Junction Station and takes passengers through the scenic Tennessee Valley, along one of the original railroad lines in Chattanooga, over four bridges, through a pre-Civil War tunnel, to the locomotive rotating turntable, and back.

  • Lookout Mountain Incline Railway Rides ($)
    Daily, times vary
    The Incline Railway, one of the steepest passenger railways at a 72.7% grade, offers scenic views of the Tennessee Valley as you ride straight up Lookout Mountain. Be sure to visit the Observation Deck at the top for a panoramic view.

    Fall_Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum


Hop on a bike from the Chattanooga Bike Share System and view the beautiful fall foliage along the 13-mile paved Riverwalk that runs parallel to 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 many mountain trails.

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