While you're at the Fox Den Retreat...

Kara

While you're at the Fox Den Retreat...

...consider our local recommendations for food, fun and relaxation.
Of course, the Chattanooga area has much more to offer. Your likes may be totally different from our's. However, we do hope whatever you choose to explore in the Chatt area will be enjoyable and memorable. Please note: a few more recommendations are listed in our Fox Den Retreat Guestbook on site.
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Chattanooga
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Enjoying the outdoors...
South Chickamauga Creek gently flows through this property; some trails follow its bank. There's even a tiny pebble & sand beach where you can step out into the clear, refreshing water. Kayak & canoe launches/take out on and near AA. Trails are family friendly (mostly flat) but bug repellant is recommended! :) AA host staff are very friendly and helpful. AA maps available at the Fox Den Retreat as well as at the AA office. About 25-30 minute drive from the house.
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Audubon Acres
900 N Sanctuary Rd
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South Chickamauga Creek gently flows through this property; some trails follow its bank. There's even a tiny pebble & sand beach where you can step out into the clear, refreshing water. Kayak & canoe launches/take out on and near AA. Trails are family friendly (mostly flat) but bug repellant is recommended! :) AA host staff are very friendly and helpful. AA maps available at the Fox Den Retreat as well as at the AA office. About 25-30 minute drive from the house.
A paved green way that stretches along the Tennessee River, through downtown and out to the Chickamauga Dam. Your closest access point is behind Crust Pizza and Trailhead Juice off Broad Street in St. Elmo. You can run or stroll, push a stroller or rent a bike. Bike rentals: bikechattanooga.com and battlefield-outdoors.com/.
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Tennessee Riverwalk
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A paved green way that stretches along the Tennessee River, through downtown and out to the Chickamauga Dam. Your closest access point is behind Crust Pizza and Trailhead Juice off Broad Street in St. Elmo. You can run or stroll, push a stroller or rent a bike. Bike rentals: bikechattanooga.com and battlefield-outdoors.com/.
No need to drive hours to get to the water. There are so many creeks right in our area including in Ft. Oglethorpe, Chickamauga and Ringgold, GA, 15-20 minute drives from the Fox Den Retreat. See outdoorchattanooga.com for Tennessee River Blueway launching locations. There are several rental shops for kayaks and paddle boards in the downtown (Chattanooga) area as well as in nearby Ft. Oglethorpe at Battlefield Outdoors.
Chickamauga Creek
No need to drive hours to get to the water. There are so many creeks right in our area including in Ft. Oglethorpe, Chickamauga and Ringgold, GA, 15-20 minute drives from the Fox Den Retreat. See outdoorchattanooga.com for Tennessee River Blueway launching locations. There are several rental shops for kayaks and paddle boards in the downtown (Chattanooga) area as well as in nearby Ft. Oglethorpe at Battlefield Outdoors.
A scenic ~30 minute drive up Lookout Mountain (Fox Den Retreat is in the valley of LO Mountain). Hike to one of the waterfalls, take in the breathtaking views, or eat a picnic meal (picnic area with bathrooms). If you're in to climbing, check out High Point Climbing and Fitness downtown (Chattanooga) by the Aquarium.
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Cloudland Canyon State Park
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road
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A scenic ~30 minute drive up Lookout Mountain (Fox Den Retreat is in the valley of LO Mountain). Hike to one of the waterfalls, take in the breathtaking views, or eat a picnic meal (picnic area with bathrooms). If you're in to climbing, check out High Point Climbing and Fitness downtown (Chattanooga) by the Aquarium.
Located both in our valley and atop Lookout Mountain, TN. Twenty-minute drives, more or less. Museums. Battlefield Outdoors offers community bike rides through the Chickamauga Battlefield.
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Chickamauga National Military Park
3370 Lafayette Road
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Located both in our valley and atop Lookout Mountain, TN. Twenty-minute drives, more or less. Museums. Battlefield Outdoors offers community bike rides through the Chickamauga Battlefield.
One of four bridges crossing the Tennessee River downtown Chattanooga to the North Shore neighborhood. Built in the 1800's, it was closed in 1978 and reopened as a pedestrian bridge in 1993. A public memorial near the bridge is underway in tribute to Ed Johnson (lynched on this bridge in 1906) and the lawyers who appealed on his behalf, Noah Parden and Styles Hutchins. Read about Ed Johnson in CONTEMPT OF COURT: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism and at edjohnsonproject.com From the bridge, watch the sun set behind the mountains. Listen to local musicians playing along the bridge. Many families, runners and groups of friends stroll the bridge in the evening. Great eats on both sides of the river. Rembrandt's in the Bluff View Art District is great for dessert and coffee.
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Walnut Street Bridge
1 Walnut Street
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One of four bridges crossing the Tennessee River downtown Chattanooga to the North Shore neighborhood. Built in the 1800's, it was closed in 1978 and reopened as a pedestrian bridge in 1993. A public memorial near the bridge is underway in tribute to Ed Johnson (lynched on this bridge in 1906) and the lawyers who appealed on his behalf, Noah Parden and Styles Hutchins. Read about Ed Johnson in CONTEMPT OF COURT: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism and at edjohnsonproject.com From the bridge, watch the sun set behind the mountains. Listen to local musicians playing along the bridge. Many families, runners and groups of friends stroll the bridge in the evening. Great eats on both sides of the river. Rembrandt's in the Bluff View Art District is great for dessert and coffee.
The Lookouts and the Chattanooga Football Club (CFC): Chattanooga's very own minor league baseball and professional soccer teams. In 2018, a second pro-soccer team came to town: the Red Wolves SC. The Lookouts and the CFC stadiums are downtown. The Red Wolves are playing their inaugural season at the Chattanooga Christian School field.
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Chattanooga Lookouts
201 Power Alley
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The Lookouts and the Chattanooga Football Club (CFC): Chattanooga's very own minor league baseball and professional soccer teams. In 2018, a second pro-soccer team came to town: the Red Wolves SC. The Lookouts and the CFC stadiums are downtown. The Red Wolves are playing their inaugural season at the Chattanooga Christian School field.
This Falls is among the Top 10 Best Waterfalls near Chattanooga. See the entire list with details at: https://www.visitchattanooga.com/blog/post/the-10-best-waterfalls-near-chattanooga/?fbclid=IwAR0-5TdVqFYhS91jZpXJTALmjPJrqy7rIlpAV3GYHup3EHwG_4l36CUAQ3U
Lula Falls
This Falls is among the Top 10 Best Waterfalls near Chattanooga. See the entire list with details at: https://www.visitchattanooga.com/blog/post/the-10-best-waterfalls-near-chattanooga/?fbclid=IwAR0-5TdVqFYhS91jZpXJTALmjPJrqy7rIlpAV3GYHup3EHwG_4l36CUAQ3U
285 acres of hiking trails, mountain & gorge views, natural habitats, waterfalls, flora, wildlife, & rock formations along Big Soddy Creek. Picnic areas. Swimming holes. Something for all ages. Portable toilets available in the parking lot & along the trails. Parking at 11721 Back Valley Road, Soddy Daisy, TN. Well worth the 40-45 minute drive from the FDR.
Big Soddy Creek Gulf
11721 Back Valley Rd
285 acres of hiking trails, mountain & gorge views, natural habitats, waterfalls, flora, wildlife, & rock formations along Big Soddy Creek. Picnic areas. Swimming holes. Something for all ages. Portable toilets available in the parking lot & along the trails. Parking at 11721 Back Valley Road, Soddy Daisy, TN. Well worth the 40-45 minute drive from the FDR.
Healthcare
Urgent & emergent
Comprehensive medical care for adults and children. Across Hwy 193 and within 5 minute drive from the Fox Den Retreat. Open Monday through Friday, 9a-5p (closed 1p-2p) www.readyclinic.org/flintstone
Flintstone Ready Clinic
3266 Chattanooga Valley Road
Comprehensive medical care for adults and children. Across Hwy 193 and within 5 minute drive from the Fox Den Retreat. Open Monday through Friday, 9a-5p (closed 1p-2p) www.readyclinic.org/flintstone
Three local hospitals: CHI Memorial (private), Parkridge (private) and Erlanger (public, teaching). Each has satellite campuses including CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia in nearby Ft. Oglethorpe, GA (10 min or ~6 miles from Fox Den Retreat).
CHI Memorial Hospital - Georgia
100 Gross Crescent
Three local hospitals: CHI Memorial (private), Parkridge (private) and Erlanger (public, teaching). Each has satellite campuses including CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia in nearby Ft. Oglethorpe, GA (10 min or ~6 miles from Fox Den Retreat).
Urgent care: PHYSICIAN'S CARE 400 Battlefield Pkwy, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742 Open 8a-4p weekends & 8a-8p weekdays 10-minute drive from Fox Den Retreat AMERICAN FAMILY CARE (AFC) (both near Super Walmart) 26 Parkway Drive, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742 3520 Cummings Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37419 Both clinics about 15 min drive from Fox Den Retreat 8a-6p every day
Physicians Care - Fort Oglethorpe, GA
400 Battlefield Parkway
Urgent care: PHYSICIAN'S CARE 400 Battlefield Pkwy, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742 Open 8a-4p weekends & 8a-8p weekdays 10-minute drive from Fox Den Retreat AMERICAN FAMILY CARE (AFC) (both near Super Walmart) 26 Parkway Drive, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742 3520 Cummings Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37419 Both clinics about 15 min drive from Fox Den Retreat 8a-6p every day
We highly recommend the chiropractic care of Dr. Moore. His office is just a 10-minute drive from the Fox Den Retreat. You can walk in or call ahead to make an appointment during your stay. backtohealthchiropractor.com
Back to Health Chiropractic
801 Chickamauga Avenue
We highly recommend the chiropractic care of Dr. Moore. His office is just a 10-minute drive from the Fox Den Retreat. You can walk in or call ahead to make an appointment during your stay. backtohealthchiropractor.com
We highly recommend the chiropractic care of Dr. Lester. His office is located less than 20 minutes from the Fox Den Retreat (near the Lookout Valley Super Walmart). You can easily walk in or call ahead to make an appointment during your stay in our area. Open Saturday mornings. lookoutvalleychiro.com.
Lookout Valley Chiropractic
3536 Cummings Highway
We highly recommend the chiropractic care of Dr. Lester. His office is located less than 20 minutes from the Fox Den Retreat (near the Lookout Valley Super Walmart). You can easily walk in or call ahead to make an appointment during your stay in our area. Open Saturday mornings. lookoutvalleychiro.com.
Groceries
20 minutes from the Fox Den Retreat
Publix Super Market at Boynton Ridge Plaza
3775 Battlefield Pkwy
20 minutes from the Fox Den Retreat
On Battlefield Pkwy in Ft Oglethorpe, GA about 15 minute drive from the Fox Den Retreat
Walmart Supercenter
3040 Battlefield Pkwy
On Battlefield Pkwy in Ft Oglethorpe, GA about 15 minute drive from the Fox Den Retreat
On Battlefield Pkwy in Ft Oglethorpe, GA about 15 min drive from the Fox Den Retreat.
Walmart Neighborhood Market
1155 Battlefield Parkway
On Battlefield Pkwy in Ft Oglethorpe, GA about 15 min drive from the Fox Den Retreat.
On Battlefield Pkwy in Ft Oglethorpe, GA about 10 minute drive from the Fox Den Retreat
Food City
531 Battlefield Pkwy
On Battlefield Pkwy in Ft Oglethorpe, GA about 10 minute drive from the Fox Den Retreat
On Cummings Hwy in Chattanooga, TN about 15-20 minute drive from the Fox Den Retreat.
Walmart Supercenter
3550 Cummings Hwy
On Cummings Hwy in Chattanooga, TN about 15-20 minute drive from the Fox Den Retreat.
On Tennessee Ave in Chattanooga, TN about 10 minute drive from the Fox Den Retreat
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Food City
3810 Tennessee Ave
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On Tennessee Ave in Chattanooga, TN about 10 minute drive from the Fox Den Retreat
On Chattanooga Valley Rd in Flintstone, GA about 5 minutes drive from the Fox Den Retreat. Basics, ie bread, dairy, canned, chips, sodas & juice.
Dollar General
4120 Chattanooga Valley Rd
On Chattanooga Valley Rd in Flintstone, GA about 5 minutes drive from the Fox Den Retreat. Basics, ie bread, dairy, canned, chips, sodas & juice.
On Battlefield Pkwy in nearby Ft. Oglethorpe, GA; Just a 15 minute drive from the FDR.
ALDI
1999 Battlefield Pkwy
On Battlefield Pkwy in nearby Ft. Oglethorpe, GA; Just a 15 minute drive from the FDR.
Church
Join our family at New City Fellowship (a Presbyterian Church in America congregation). www.newcityfellowship.com/ "We are a cross cultural urban church with emphasis on ministering to the inner city of Chattanooga. We believe in the full inspiration of the Scriptures. We attempt to preach all that the Bible teaches, and help people in all of their needs.” We worship on Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 11. (See website for info on virtual & in-person worship services.) Our campus is in the Glenwood neighborhood, about 25 min drive from Fox Den Retreat.
New City Fellowship
2424 East 3rd Street
Join our family at New City Fellowship (a Presbyterian Church in America congregation). www.newcityfellowship.com/ "We are a cross cultural urban church with emphasis on ministering to the inner city of Chattanooga. We believe in the full inspiration of the Scriptures. We attempt to preach all that the Bible teaches, and help people in all of their needs.” We worship on Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 11. (See website for info on virtual & in-person worship services.) Our campus is in the Glenwood neighborhood, about 25 min drive from Fox Den Retreat.
Indoor Recommendations
Downtown Chattanooga. A fun adventure for any age. Digging in sand, playing musical instruments, dressing up in the theater or playing in the water! Several types of discounts for admission.
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Creative Discovery Museum
321 Chestnut Street
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Downtown Chattanooga. A fun adventure for any age. Digging in sand, playing musical instruments, dressing up in the theater or playing in the water! Several types of discounts for admission.
Both salt and freshwater. Has been a draw to Chattanooga for two+ decades.
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Tennessee Aquarium
1 Broad Street
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Both salt and freshwater. Has been a draw to Chattanooga for two+ decades.
Micro-distillery located on Market Street next to the Hot Chocolatier and across from the Choo Choo and Station Street. Tasting, tours and a late night lounge.
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Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery
1439 Market Street
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Micro-distillery located on Market Street next to the Hot Chocolatier and across from the Choo Choo and Station Street. Tasting, tours and a late night lounge.
"The Bessie," named for "The Empress of the Blues," preserves and celebrates African American History and Culture in Chattanooga through art, education, research and entertainment. For more info, bessiesmithcc.org.
Bessie Smith Cultural Center
200 E M L King Blvd
"The Bessie," named for "The Empress of the Blues," preserves and celebrates African American History and Culture in Chattanooga through art, education, research and entertainment. For more info, bessiesmithcc.org.
In St. Elmo near the Incline Train
Body Wisdom Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
3915 Saint Elmo Avenue
In St. Elmo near the Incline Train
Massage. Buy or make your own soaps. For the whole family. On the Southside.
Good Fortune Soap and Spa
2644 Broad St
Massage. Buy or make your own soaps. For the whole family. On the Southside.
Offers a variety of massages (including Thai), reflexology and facials. A well-established, family-owned, local business. Male & female therapists. I highly recommend these folks. www.lifebalancemassage.com
LifeBalance Massage & Wellness
5084 South Terrace
Offers a variety of massages (including Thai), reflexology and facials. A well-established, family-owned, local business. Male & female therapists. I highly recommend these folks. www.lifebalancemassage.com
Neighborhoods
What we recommend seeing, doing, & eating here
A cobble-stoned street lined by the Choo Choo Hotel (former train station), eateries, bars, live music and other events, comedy club and guitar museum. Some Saturday's, the street is closed to car traffic for pedestrians only. Between Downtown Chatt and the Southside neighborhoods. Near intersection of Main and Market Streets. STIR: great brunch on weekends. Oyster and cold bar. Note, 05.26.2020: limited indoor/outdoor seating with full menu and normal hours.
Station Street
A cobble-stoned street lined by the Choo Choo Hotel (former train station), eateries, bars, live music and other events, comedy club and guitar museum. Some Saturday's, the street is closed to car traffic for pedestrians only. Between Downtown Chatt and the Southside neighborhoods. Near intersection of Main and Market Streets. STIR: great brunch on weekends. Oyster and cold bar. Note, 05.26.2020: limited indoor/outdoor seating with full menu and normal hours.