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

Weekly forecast will be posted starting mid-September.
 

BY FOOT

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

BY BOAT

Take a cruise into the Tennessee River Gorge where you’ll see nature’s brilliant canvas of fall colors aboard the Tennessee Aquarium’s River Gorge Explorer or 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.

  • River GORGEous Fall Color Cruises/River Gorge Explorer ($)
    Oct. 22, 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; Oct. 29, 10 a.m.; & Nov. 5, 10 a.m.
    Enjoy a 3.5-hour fall foliage cruise through the entire 34 miles of the Tennessee River Gorge during peak color season. Lunch and bus transportation provided. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase at the cash bar. Choose from six cruise times – two with special themes.

    Fall_Southern Belle Riverboat Color Cruise

BY TRAIN

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

BY BIKE

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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