The latest addition to Chattanooga’s greenway system is by no means the longest we’ve completed. But if you ask the neighbors who turned up for the grand opening, they’ll tell you this stretch of trail’s got something that matters more than mileage: a bridge, linking the South Chickamauga Greenway to the Tennessee Riverwalk.
The latest addition leaves just three miles left to go in the full South Chickamauga Greenway. When it’s complete, Chattanoogans and visitors will enjoy a 23-mile car-free corridor linking the city proper with outlying neighborhoods and open space as far south as the 200-acre park at Camp Jordan. That means a world of options for outdoor recreation: walking, running, biking—even paddling on the creek from one the greenway’s four canoe launches.
The greenway system also has a practical side: Chattanoogans can use it to walk or bike to work or school—and avoid rush-hour traffic. For a city with ambitious climate-change goals, greenways are a critical part of the effort to reduce the number of cars on the road.