Our family took our latest U.S. RV adventure when we visited Chattanooga during the month of January 2023 on a RV adventure. We only had 2 days to explore this spectacular town Everyone knows how beautiful the Appalachian Mountains are with all the lush trees as far as you can see. Chattanooga is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. During our visit, the trees were bare and we were actually able to see more because the leaves were not blocking the views.
Our first stop was to check out a couple of the campgrounds we love to use on our RV trips. It should be noted that Chattanooga is located in Tennessee and the border of Georgia is a stone’s throw away.
Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Campground. This was our favorite campground in the area, is open all year, and accommodates large RVs. The road to it is a bit windy/curvy but if you take it slow you should do fine. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire pit. You can walk from the campground to the caverns (the caverns are next door). You can make reservations or walk-up and get tickets. The campground is also close to the sights on Lookout Mountain (6 miles).
Holiday Travel Park of Chattanooga. This campground is further out (about 12 miles and is in the state of Georgia) but is a campground we would recommend and is open all year. When you visit in the winter, don’t expect leaves on the trees, they are very bare. We preferred the sites on the south side of the campground as they were next to a large green area where the kids could run and play. Each campsite had a picnic table and fire pits.
Lookout Mountain is a great place to check out on your U.S. RV adventure! Located on Lookout Mountain there are 3 main attractions:
- Ruby Falls – the road here is narrow and windy and the staff in the parking area will direct you to RV parking and they confirmed they can accommodate any size RV. Ruby Falls is a series of underground cascading waterfalls. It is the tallest, deepest underground Waterfall in the U.S. and is a must-do. You will take a glass elevator 260 feet under the mountain and enter into the cave. The cave and Ruby Falls are showcased with special lighting effects where you can see stalactites and stalagmite rock formations. advance tickets are highly recommended
- Rock City – the road here is very narrow and while they offer a small area for RV parking, if you are new to RVing or in a large RV, we would recommend renting a car or taking Uber/Lyft/Taxi. Rock City is a magical 4,100 foot trail that weaves in and out of natural rock. It is an extremely popular tourist location that receives more than 500,000 visitors each year. You can buy tickets upon arrival.
- Across the street, is Mr. T’s Pizza and ice cream. We were told about this restaurant when we were at IHOP for breakfast by a local pastor who sat in the booth next to us. The pastor said the ice cream is amazing but the portions are huge. The parking lot is also very small, so if you are visiting Incline Railway, you might want to leave your vehicle where it is and go grab some pizza.
Because we were on a U.S. RV adventure, we were searching for something fun to do on a Thursday night and happened to find Sing It or Wing It – a karaoke bar with great staff, good food, full bar, music trivia every Thursday night, and of course patrons who like to sing. We have to note the Hurricanes were delicious! They are kid friendly until 7pm and then you need to be 21 or older. Saturdays and Sundays – they open at 2pm, lots of time to take the kids and sing. Closed on Monday and Tuesday for private parties. Opens at 4pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Our family lives in big cities and coming to Chattanooga on a U.S. RV adventure is total change for us. Lots of trees, wonderful scenic views, and lots of little back country roads, something we highly recommend.