5051 Gann Store Road, Chattanooga, TN
Open daily sunrise to sunset
Greenway Farms is a 180-acre park with six miles of trails for walkers, runners, and mountain bikers. This amazing free resource offers a dog park, paved and unpaved trails, canoeing, and kayaking all in one place! There is a fenced dog park inside, and many people bring their dogs for a run or a hike on the trails. Restrooms and water fountains are available at the end of the lower loop trail and near the dog park. While cyclists are welcome, it can be difficult to maneuver around the pedestrians and dogs, so keep that in mind during peak hours if you’re planning on riding. Some trails are paved with asphalt, while others are gravel or packed dirt. The flatter trails are located near the front entrance of the park, with a paved path that runs alongside the North Chickamauga Creek and under Hamill Road – a distance of about a mile round trip. The Wildflower Trail is also mostly flat with grass, hard-packed dirt, and some sand. Watch out for roots and be careful if it has rained recently, as the trail gets muddy quickly.
Most people venture up to the Upper Loop, a trail that begins on gravel and continues up over an old limestone quarry. Once past the quarry, the trail turns to asphalt and meanders around the side of Big Ridge mountain. Smaller trails branch off from the main trail, and these can be asphalt, hard-packed dirt, or grass. There is minimal directional signage on the trails and the only map that is posted is in front of the restrooms by the dog park (and it’s not very detailed), so be sure to make mental notes about which direction you’re going in or print a map before you go, as it’s very easy to get turned around on some of the trails.
If you’re looking for even more adventure in the great outdoors, there are three access points within Greenway Farms for canoeing and kayaking. Outdoor Chattanooga has rental canoes, kayaks, and equipment available on site for those who travel without their kayaks (ha!).
Greenway Farms is a great place to get a taste of Chattanooga trail running without worrying about getting lost in the mountains or giving up the creature comforts like flush toilets, water fountains, and paved trails. Be sure to check out this amazing resource if you’re in the area!