There are more than two-thousand outdoor rock climbs within a thirty minute drive from the city. Sitting in the heart of the Cumberland Plateau, a 300-mile ridge of high-quality sandstone, Chattanooga is an epicenter of eastern climbing. Climbing magazine deemed it, America's New Climbing Capitol".
Chattanooga offers more than 100 miles of singletrack trail within twenty minutes of the downtown. Our city was ranked in the top ten mountain bike cities in North America by Singletracks Magazine. The close proximity of great trails allows residents and faculty to ride together in between shifts or after conference.
Chattanooga is a fantastic location for whitewater recreation and offers a year round paddling season. Each year our interns go whitewater rafting on the Ocoee as part of their orientation. Serious paddlers will enjoy local runs such as North Chickamauga Creek, Tallulah Gorge, or the Nantahala.
There are more than fifty trailheads within thirty minutes of downtown. Thus running and hiking are popular resident activites. We also provide medical support for many of the local races and ultramarathons. Some of the more popular ultras include the Rock/Creek Stump Jump 50k and the Chattanooga 100 mile.
Most of our residents take advantage of our great setting. Some row with the local rowing club on the Tennessee River. Group hikes among the residents are common, especially in autumn and spring.
Many qualities make our city, "one of the most pleasant and livable cities in the United States": our temperate climate; a bike friendly street layout; affordable high-speed fiber internet; an abundance of coffee-shops, breweries, and restaurants; fantastic music festivals; and a low cost of living.