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