Among the many places in the vicinity of Chattanooga to hike, Stringer’s ridge is both new and old. It’s old in terms of having been there for a very long time. But it’s new in that a group is now working hard on creating new trails throughout the ridge area.
For us, it made a great Sunday hike when Pat was tired, having been on his feet all week working on building guitars. Instead of driving an hour and hiking a a strenuous path, we drove about 5 minutes to get to Stringer’s Ridge.
The area has many trails still under construction; they are marked with signs indicating they’re closed. But, in spite of the closures, we found a lovely loop open by following the deteriorating roadway that seems to be a remnant from when people had homes in what is now a preserve. It went from deteriorating asphalt to gravel, which was actually easier to walk on.
Where the road intersected several trails (most still under restoration efforts, but one open to traffic), it appeared someone had been expressing their artistic talents in wood. A collection of what appeared to be bird houses lined the main intersection. A giant sculpture of a hiking man created by creatively placing a forked log and adding appendages made a very cool trail marker.
We’re excited to see the progress. We could see some of the trails under construction winding their way through the woods below us and were certain they would be a great walk when they’re open.
We were also thrilled to discover the fantastic view of the Chattanooga riverfront and north shore areas from the South side of the ridge road. Who knew we could find such a view just minutes away from home?