The Tennessee River Gorge is by far the largest natural area near Chattanooga, with over 42 square miles in the gorge and twenty-six of them protected by the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. From downtown Chattanooga the Tennessee River turns north around Moccasin Bend, passes around Williams Island, then takes a swooping turn to the west, cutting straight through Walden's Ridge and producing the fourth largest river gorge east of the Mississippi. It is a centre of not only remarkable topography but also startling biodiversity and a variety of ecosystems, one of the reasons it is an international biosphere reserve.

Tennessee River Gorge Island Cabin Chattanooga in Chattanooga 

"Tennessee River Gorge" Island Cabin is on Hales Bar / Nickajack Lake in the Tennessee River Blueway. TRG Island is on a 4 acre track of land deep inside the Gorge. On the water "in shade all day". We have only one "SECLUDED" cabin that offers " SOLITUDE & RELAXATION". Campfire, great fishing and water sport. tennesseerivergorge.com

Prentice Cooper State Forest (24,686 acre) is located behind us. We have canoe and boat rental, camping, fishing, and guide services. We also offer tent camping for 15 per night. TRG consists of 27,000 acres of land carved through the Cumberland Mountains by 27 miles of the Tennessee River. It is one of the most unique natural treasures in the Southeast. It is the only large river canyon bordering a mid-size city (Chattanooga) and is the fourth largest river canyon east of the Mississippi. The Gorge begins approximately five miles downstream from downtown Chattanooga, right across from Williams Island, flowing past TRG Cabins and continues a total of 27 river miles to Hales Bar Dam Marina near Nickajack Lake. Cabins are new as of 3/18/14 Please visit us on the net with same Tennessee River Gorge..

The scenic terrain of the Tennessee River Gorge creates a unique diversity of land forms. The land provides habitats for more than a thousand varieties of plants, ferns, trees, grasses, and flowers as well as a rich wildlife population. Many of these are rare or endangered species such as the Mountain Skullcap and birds like the Osprey and Bald Eagle. Dozens of archaeological sites bear evidence of man's presence in the Gorge for at least 10,000 years. The Tennessee River Gorge is a designated site of the Southern Appalachian Man and Biosphere Reserve, putting it on par with the best examples of Earth's living habitats. 

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, has protected more than 17,000 acres of the land in the Tennessee River Gorge since its inception in 1981. For more information about the Trust and to view a video about the organization, please visit (website: hidden)

 

 The gorge can be accessed in a variety of ways. Two overlooks, one on Signal Mountain (Signal Point) and the other on Raccoon Mountain, provide an accessible look into the gorge. From Signal Point and Highway 27 running up the Suck Creek Valley begins a whole trail system great for hikers of all ability levels. One hike begins at Signal Point, passes a wonderful overlook of the Middle Creek valley, crosses Middle Creek on a nice suspension bridge, then runs up the other side of the valley to Edward's Point. Another trail begins at the historic Pot Point Cabin and makes a loop, providing a look into the ecosystems at lower elevations closer to the river.

Another method to see the gorge is on the river itself via an ecocruise. Two boats visit the gorge: the Blue Moon from Blue Moon Cruises and the River Gorge Explorer from the Tennessee Aquarium. The aquarium's boat is very high tech and is capable of high speeds, while the Blue Moon offers a smaller group trip of about twelve people and a longer tour of the gorge. The aquarium's tour lasts two hours and costs $29. Blue Moon's cruise to the River Gorge (the are other trips available) lasts 3.5 hours, includes a barbecue lunch, and costs $40.