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Dade Chamber

Recreation

Adventure

The long rides and sunny valleys make Dade County, Georgia one of the premier places in the world for hang gliding. Located high above the city of Trenton, Lookout Mountain Flight Park is the largest training facility in the United States, if not the world. On a good day scores of gliders can be seen flying thousands of feet above the valley.

Water, time, and the soft stone typical of the Cumberland Plateau have combined to create some of the most spectacular caves and underground waterfalls in the world. While most of these caves are accessible only to trained cavers, the public can tour the caverns at Ruby Falls, Raccoon Mountain, and Sequoyah Caverns. Raccoon Mountain also provides more strenuous tours to those interested in the sport of spelunking.

World class whitewater is only an hour away from Dade County featuring America’s most famous section of class III & IV whitewater. The roaring Upper Ocoee, site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater events, has taken on the best boaters in the world. A little further east is the “wild and scenic” Chattooga River, rated one of the 10 best runs in the country.

Some of the best bouldering in the Southeast can be found at nearby Rocktown on Pigeon Mountain. Even if you do not climb, there is compelling hiking among the ancient formations. Rock climbing and rappelling are also popular in this area. Training is available from nearby schools.

Relaxation

Hiking is very popular in and around Dade County. Cloudland Canyon State Park has some of the most scenic trails in the Southeast. Public trails are also available within the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park on nearby Pigeon Mountain and at Lula Lake (where entry is allowed only on specified dates). There are many other trails in the area; too many to mention.

Both road biking and mountain biking are also popular here in Dade. A large portion of Lookout Mountain Parkway has recently been designated as part of the Chattahoochee Trace route of the Georgia Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and the National Off Road Bicycling Association (NORBA) holds meetings atop scenic Lookout Mountain.

If camping and fishing are what you seek, look no further than Lookout Lake just off Hwy. 136 on Lookout Mountain. From bait to boats, Gladys (706-657-4533 or 706-398-1970) has all you need.

You can ride a horse in a beautiful English countryside setting at nearby Reflection Riding.

Picturesque Lookout Creek can be paddled by canoe or kayak. Put in near Rising Fawn, GA and take out near highway 136 in Trenton.

You will find our local golf courses to be both scenic and challenging. Within a 30 minute drive, you will find a course to fit any skill level or budget. See our Area Attractions page for details.

Attractions

Here you can wake up to nature’s quiet splendor and cook breakfast on the grill before a lovely morning hike in Cloudland Canyon, or you can choose from a bevy of things to see and do where Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia meet (the area cleverly known as “TAG” to a creative few!).

Two major state and federal parks are currently located here in Dade County. They are Cloudland Canyon State Park, a 2,120 acre facility that provides overnight camping, hiking, swimming, tennis, and picnic areas. The other facility, a federal park, is the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military Park. This facility is one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most visited National Parks. Dedicated as a National Park in 1890, it is the site of the famous Civil War battle fought here in 1863.

Be sure and go to the links below and check out a few more of our local attractions…

Fun and Adventure

Chattanooga Choo Choo

Chattanooga Lookouts Baseball Team
Chattanooga Riverboat
Coolidge Park
Creative Discovery Museum
IMAX Theater
Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park
Lookout Mountain Flight Park
Ocoee River Rafting
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Reflection Riding Botanical Garden
Rock City Gardens
Ruby Falls
Sequoyah Caverns
Tennessee Aquarium
Tennessee Riverpark
Walnut Street Bridge
Warehouse Row
Warner Park Zoo
Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater

Local Events

US11Antique Alley

State of Dade Heritage Festival 3rd week in May

New Salem Arts & Crafts Festival
World’s Longest Yard Sale

History and Culture

Bluff View Art District
Chattanooga African-American Museum
Chattanooga Regional History Museum
Chickamauga National Military Park
Chief Vann House
Covenant College
Houston Museum of Decorative Arts
Hunter Museum of American Art
Int’l Towing and Recovery Museum
National Knife Museum
Point Park
River Gallery Sculpture Garden
Tennessee Civil War Museum

Nature and Wildlife

Cloudland Canyon State Park
DeSoto Falls State Park
Little River Canyon National Preserve
Noccalula Falls
Rocktown on Pigeon Mountain
Russell Cave National Monument
Tennessee Wildlife Center
Trenton Golf Course

Restaurants & Hotels

*Trenton has the usual assortment of fast food establishments. Following is a list of locally owned and operated eateries…

Restaurants

  • Asian Garden
    12035 South Main Street, Trenton, GA 30752 (706) 657-8866

  • Canyon Grill
    28 Scenic Highway, Rising Fawn, GA 30738 (706) 398-9510

  • Depot Diner
    4356 Highway 11 South, Rising Fawn, GA 30738 (706) 462-2301

  • Geneva’s Restaurant
    12136 Highway 136, Rising Fawn, GA 30738 (706) 398-1749

  • Guthrie’s Restaurant
    5404 Highway 136, Trenton, GA 30752 (706) 657-6494

  • Huddle House
    4980 Highway 136 West, Trenton, GA 30752 (706) 657-2052

  • Lalito’s Mexican Restaurant
    40 Court Street, Trenton, GA 30752 (706) 657-8676

  • Larry’s Restaurant
    4514 Highway 136 West, Trenton, GA 30752 (706) 657-6593

  • Lazy Bones BBQ
    317 Deer Head Cove Road, Rising Fawn, GA 30738 (706) 462-2096

  • Pizza Hut
    12020 South Main Street, Trenton, GA 30752 (706) 657-7600

  • Rafael’s Italian Restaurant
    13473 North Main Street, Trenton, GA 30752 (706) 657-5324

  • Randy’s Restaurant
    4276 Highway 136 West, Trenton, GA 30752 (706) 657-5330

  • Thatcher’s BBQ
    35 Price Street, Trenton, GA 30752 (706) 657-6465

Accomodations

Country Inn & Suites ~ 3725 Modern Industries Parkway ~ Chattanooga, TN 37419 ~ (423) 825-6100

Days Inn~ 95 Killian Ave ~ Trenton, GA 30752 ~ (706) 657-2550

Home Harvest Retreat ~ 1047 Grant Road ~ Trenton, GA 30752 ~ (706) 657-4296

Cabins & Campgrounds

Above the Clouds Inn ~ 885 Sunset Drive ~ Rising Fawn, GA 30738 ~ (706) 398-3963

Blue Cottage Rentals ~ 7122 Scenic Highway ~ Rising Fawn, GA 30738 ~ (423) 432-3371

Buzzard Roost Cabins ~ 388 Rock Bluff Road ~ Rising Fawn, GA 30738 ~ (706) 398-0668

Cloudland Canyon State Park ~ 122 Cloudland Canyon State Park ~ Rising Fawn, GA 30738 ~ (800) 864-7275

The Landing RV Park & Hanggliding Resort ~ 1916 Creek Road ~ Trenton, GA 30752 ~ (706) 657-8282

Lookout Mountain KOA ~ 930 Mountain Shadows Drive ~ Trenton, GA 30752 ~ (706) 657-6815

R Haven Overnight Family Park ~ 7634 Highway 11 South ~ Rising Fawn, GA 30738 ~ (706) 657-8334

Scenic View Log Cabins ~ 177 Scenic View Lane ~ Rising Fawn, GA 30738 ~ (706) 398-0230

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