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Leaves are falling in Chattanooga… our favorite time of year is here! Grab a flannel and explore what Chattanooga has to offer. Hiking, waterfalls, mountain biking, fishing, restaurants, lots of markets to shop at, and so much more! Autumn in Chattanooga is pure bliss to say the least. The days are cooling down which is so refreshing after the hot summer months and the nights drop in temperature - ahh the perfect bonfire weather!

Fall Weather In Chattanooga

Fall temperatures here in Chattanooga are dreamy. The summer humidity is fading and it's time to pull out the winter scarves and sweaters. From September to October the highs average 70 degrees and the lows are 40 degrees. Starting in November things start to cool down and the average high is 56 degrees and the lows are 33 degrees. Visit our weather page on our website to see an accurate read of the weather before you stay so you know how to plan and pack for your trip!

Visit our weather page to see the daily and weekly weather forecast

Chasing Fall Colors in Chattanooga

Chattanooga has lots of different ways to see the Fall colors! You can see them on foot, by boat, by train, and by bike! They are spectacular and you won’t want to miss it! In our experience, the best time of year to see the color is the last week in October and the first 2 weeks in November.

By Foot | By Boat | By Train | By Bike

Chattanooga WaterfallsSeeing the Fall Colors By Foot

Hiking is by far the best way to see the colors up close. On our website we have a “Hiking + Waterfalls” page filled with all of our favorite hiking trails in Chattanooga. The options and skills levels vary ..from an easy,leaisure stroll to a more challenging hike.  any of these will get you outdoors and help you experience the beauty of Fall firsthand. 

Visit our Hiking + Waterfalls Page


Seeing the Fall Colors By BoatChattanooga water activities

All aboard the Southern Belle! A historical riverboat that has been completely restored and offers daily cruises right on the Tennessee River. They have a special “Fall Color Lunch” which is a sightseeing cruise that they have daily throughout October and November. The Chattanooga Ducks tour is the perfect land-to-water experience! Start your tour in Downtown on their bus that converts to a boat and end up on the river. And possibly the best way to see the colors by boat is to rent your own pontoon boat at River Gorge Excursions. They specialize in Pontoon Boat Rentals and Pontoon Boat Tours, giving guests the chance to witness and explore the beautiful scenery of the Tennessee River Gorge.

Learn more about the variety of water excursions available in Chattanooga

Chattanooga train ride in the fallSeeing the Fall Colors By Train

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum has the Hiwassee Loop train which is a 3.5 hour long train ride that will take you through the countryside and between mountains in both Georgia and Tennessee. This is an experience that will leave you breathless and it’s something you won’t want to miss. This tour is offered from mid September to end of November. 

The Incline Railway is another option to see the fall colors as well as a gorgeous view of Chattanooga. The incline railway takes you to the top of lookout mountain where you can walk around to several different viewpoints and there is a gift shop that sells handmade fudge from scratch. Yum!

Learn more about all the attractions to visit in Chattanooga

Seeing the Fall Colors By Bike

The Chattanooga Bike Share system is a great way to view the beautiful fall foliage while pedaling along the 13-mile paved Riverwalk. The route runs parallel to the Tennessee River and through the scenic Bluff View Art District where you can stop and grab a coffee at Rembrandt's Coffee house. You won’t be disappointed with their in house roasted coffee or a pastry! 

Mountain Biking is an extreme way to see the fall beauty and to feel at peace in nature. On our website you can find we have a whole list of mountain biking trails that will leave you in awe and wonder! All skill levels are listed.

Learn more about mountain biking near Chattanooga

River City Rentals is proud to offer a wide variety of Chattanooga vacation homes for rent. All of the rentals managed by River City Rentals are professionally cleaned and have fully-equipped kitchens, spacious living areas both indoors and out, as well as free wireless internet access!  Staying in a vacation rental is the best way to visit Chattanooga and surrounding area.  They allow you to get away from it all with the comforts of a home!