Tennessee Riverwalk and Chattanooga Greenways to Stringer's Ridge and the Cumberland TrailPhoto credit: Mark Gilliland Photography

The Trust for Public Land protects Tennessee's special places for everyone to enjoy. From the Tennessee Riverwalk and Chattanooga Greenways to Stringer's Ridge and the Cumberland Trail, we work to create parks and preserve natural lands to support a higher quality of life.

Local offices

202 Tremont Street| | Chattanooga, Tennessee  37405
Phone: (423) 265-5229 | Email Address: tennessee@tpl.org

Tennessee projects

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

Photo of a trail

The Alton Park Connector project will convert a former CSX rail line into a 1.3-mile shared-use path to walk and bike to nearby shops, jobs, and the Tennessee Riverpark. Beginning at the entrance to the Tennessee Riverwalk at Middle Street, the rail line proceeds eastwardly and then southwardly, terminating at the new Southside Community Park.

Since 1994, TPL-Chattanooga has been working with several partners to create a network of greenways and trails, connecting some of the area's most cherished natural and cultural resources.

Fitness Zone, Chattanooga, Tennessee

In Chattanooga, The Trust for Public Land used GIS data to identify locations where these installations would serve the greatest need. In November 2014, we opened three Fitness Zones: at the East Lake Recreation Center, at South Chattanooga Youth and Family Development Center, and at the Carver Park Recreation Center.

Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park

TPL has protected many historical resources in Chickamauga National Military Park, Tennessee for the National Park Service including 328 acres acquired from the CSX Railroad Company, in Lookout Valley using federal funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge, Tennessee

Part of the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge Complex in western Tennessee, the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge was approved as a refuge by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission and TPL's Chattanooga office with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge Manager to protect land within the refuge boundary.

Cumberland Trail, Tennessee

In 2010, TPL purchased property from Molpus Timber that included McLean Rock, which in 1965, was proclaimed by the Great Smokey Hiking Club as the start of the Cumberland Trail.

Tennessee Heritage Lands

In and around Chattanooga, Tennessee, The Trust for Public Land protects Civil War battlefield sites many of which are in Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park, and also works with the City to preserve and interpret both Civil War and Trail of Tears sites along the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway.

Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

Since 2001, TPL-Chattanooga has bought and conveyed to the National Park Service several high-priority natural sites on and around Lookout Mountain including Smith Hill and Tyndale Hill, five battle sites and two historical properties in the Moccasin Bend area.

Photo of Lynnwood Park

The Trust for Public Land, in partnership with the City of Chattanooga, is using creative placemaking to help residents design Lynnbrook Park, a new public space in an underserved and diverse community.

North Chicakmauga Greenway, TN

Across the Tennessee River from the heart of Chattanooga, this winding greenway is a linear park that includes two miles of hiking and biking trail, three canoe access points, a picnic pavilion and restrooms.

Photo of parents and kids walking on a trail

The Trust for Public Land and the City of Chattanooga are partnering to complete the final segments of this 12-mile greenway between the Tennessee Riverwalk and Camp Jordan Park.

Spears Avenue Pump Track, Chattanooga

A pump track is a specially designed skills area for mountain bikers, featuring smooth, banked turns-it can feel like being on a roller coaster! In Chattanooga, we've developed a pump track at a new trailhead along Spears Avenue, with access to Chattanooga's iconic Stringer's Ridge Park.

Photo of kids playing at Sterchi Farm

Sterchi Farm serves as a key trailhead for the 12-mile South Chickamauga Creek Greenway. In 2016, the Trust for Public Land hired WMWA Landscape Architects to create a master plan for this 25-acre site and make it a destination for trail users. Implementation of the plan has been supported by Benwood and Lyndhurst foundations, community partners and the City of Chattanooga.

Photo of Stringer's Ridge Overlook

The Trust for Public Land helped Chattanooga, Tennessee save historic Stringer's Ridge, site of the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga.

Chattonooga Riverwalk, Tennessee

TPL played a key role in creating the Tennessee Riverwalk, part of Chattanooga's greenway and trail system, which runs through downtown and along a revitalized riverfront, crossing the Walnut Street Bridge, and ending at a fishing park below Chickamauga Dam.

University Greenway, Tennessee

Opened in 2005, the University Greenway extends from the Martin Luther King neighborhood, through the Tommie Brown Academy, across the UTC campus, all the way to the Tennessee River and connects students and other neighborhood residents to the Riverwalk.