Things To Do & Where To Stay in Chattanooga This Fall

While Chattanooga is certainly a year round destination, the fall season is an exceptionally beautiful time here.  And, in the Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain areas, we are so lucky that this beautiful time stretches through Thanksgiving. 

Cool, crisp, sunshiny days and evenings are  perfect for exploring the over 50 hikes within 30 minutes of downtown, finding the many climbing spots that make us famous, getting out on the river, walking around town, and dining on a patio or deck (whether this deck is at your vacation rental home or at one of Chattanooga’s restaurants).

The drive to Hunters’ Lodge


Hints For Coming To Chattanooga This Fall 

The question we are most often asked…when should I come to see the leaves change?

These days I am only an armchair naturalist, so I can’t guarantee when leaves will be at their most brilliant. And, every year the timing is a bit different. It’s based upon the weather that leads up to and happens during fall. Generally though, the leaves in Tennessee and Northwest Georgia start changing colors and reach peak colors between mid to late October to mid November.

Weekends book up fast.  Consider coming during the week. It’s the same great place with less crowds.  And, if you are working or learning remotely, most of our homes have blazing fast fiber optic wifi…make it a time for work and play.  Ask our reservations team for recommendations on the best spots to “work from your vacation home”.

Favorite Fall Ideas

Here are a lot of links to help you plan things to do and where to stay in Chattanooga. Our team is also always happy to give you their recommendations.

Flying Squirrel

– Eat delicious food at one of the many outdoor dining spots in Chattanooga. A few of my favorites: 1885 Grill, The Flying Squirrel, Lookout Mountain Pizza Company, Alleia, Taqueria Jalisco, and Boathouse Rotisserie and Raw Bar. Oh, and head to the Bluff View Art District where you can have coffee and pastries at Rembrandt’s before heading to Hunter Museum of American Art.

Pot Point Cabin on the Tennessee River

– Explore the river, creeks, and mountains. Stay in one of our Lookout Mountain cabins and you will be minutes from Cloudland Canyon State Park, and 40 minutes from Little River Canyon. Or, pick Pot Point Cabin to stay right on the Tennessee River with the Pot Point trailhead moments away.

– Coming for climbing season? Southeastern Climbers Coalition is an excellent resource on our local climbing areas.

where to stay in chattanooga
Southside Artist Townhouse deck in the heart of the Southside with views of Lookout Mountain.

– Check out our vacation rentals that are closest to downtown, so you can walk or bike to restaurants and shopping, AND be a short drive to the river, creeks, and mountains.

– Check something off of your bucket list with Lookout Mountain Flight Park or Chattanooga Skydiving Company.

– Take in some history at Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, or the National Medal of Honor Cultural Center.

– Head to one of Chattanooga’s Annual Events. The 3 Sisters Festival of Bluegrass, Head of the Hooch, or the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival.

Whew, okay, last thought on things to do and where to stay in Chattanooga.

Chill out and do nothing. Sit on the deck of your Chattanooga Vacation Rentals‘ vacation home and read a book, take in the views, have a glass of one of Chattanooga’s local beers, and relax. Of course I have some ideas of where that can be best accomplished. Take a peek at some cabins that have Amazing Views.

where to stay in chattanooga
The deck and hot tub at Peach Bluff House