The Tennessee River Gorge, 27,000 acres of land carved through the Cumberland Mountains by 27 miles of the Tennessee River, is one of the most unique natural treasures in the Southeast. It is the only large river canyon bordering a mid-size city (Chattanooga) and is the fourth largest river canyon east of the Mississippi. The Gorge begins approximately five miles downstream from downtown Chattanooga, right across from Williams Island, and continues 27 river miles to Hales Bar Dam Marina near Nickajack Lake.
The scenic terrain of the Tennessee River Gorge creates a unique diversity of land forms. The land provides habitats for more than a thousand varieties of plants, ferns, trees, grasses, and flowers as well as a rich wildlife population. Many of these are rare or endangered species such as the Mountain Skullcap and birds like the Osprey and Bald Eagle. Dozens of archaeological sites bear evidence of man's presence in the Gorge for at least 10,000 years. The Tennessee River Gorge is a designated site of the Southern Appalachian Man and Biosphere Reserve, putting it on par with the best examples of Earth's living habitats.
The Tennessee River Gorge Trust, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, has protected more than 17,000 acres of the land in the Tennessee River Gorge since its inception in 1981. For more information about the Trust and to view a video about the organization, please visit www.trgt.org.