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Discover Chattanooga


Discover Chattanooga

The renaissance of Chattanooga's downtown and riverfront has been featured in everything from The Wall Street Journal to U.S. News and World Report, Parade Magazine and National Public Radio.

Outside Magazine Names Chattanooga "Best Town Ever"
Recently, Outside magazine readers discovered what Baylor students have known for decades. If you love the great outdoors, there’s no better place than Chattanooga. Within minutes of our campus lie some of the nation’s most beautiful settings for kayaking, rafting, hiking, biking (road and mountain), rock climbing, paddle boarding, hang gliding, and more.

Scenic Beauty
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga is known for its natural beauty.  The city (and our campus) is surrounded by mountains, rivers, and forests, and within minutes of our campus you will find some of the nation’s most beautiful settings for kayaking, rafting, hiking, biking, rock climbing, paddle boarding, and more.

Nearby Shops and Restaurants
For those interested in a more laid back experience, a stroll across the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge takes you from hip shops and restaurants in the NorthShore neighborhood to cultural gems in the Bluff View Arts District. The Hunter Museum of American Art has one of the nation’s largest collections of American art and a few blocks farther downtown, you can meet more than 10,000 animals at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Vibrant Arts and Culture
The Hunter Museum of American Art is situated on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River and has one of the nation’s largest collections of American art.  Located in the same area, the Bluff View Arts District is a creative haven where you roam through a sculpture garden or browse the River Gallery which features exhibits of fine art and museum quality crafts from local, regional, national and international artists. 

The "Go Green" City
"Memphis loves to sing them blues, but in Chattanooga, the tune is "Go Green." The river town has come a long way since being designated America's most polluted city in 1969. Today, 22 miles of once inaccessible riverfront have been reclaimed for public use, and revitalization projects have made the city a model eco town and tourist hotspot." - CBS News, The Early Show

Planning a visit? Check out the Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau website for complete information. Whether you're a prospective family, a visiting parent, or faculty new to Baylor, there's plenty of wonderful things to discover about Chattanooga.

NOTE: Baylor is located minutes from Chattanooga's downtown area, so downtown hotels and the bed and breakfast spots in the Bluff View Arts District will be the most convenient in driving time.


  • Chattanooga is located in the southeastern corner of Tennessee, near Georgia and Alabama.  The city has approximately 180,000 residents and Hamilton County has approximately 375,000 people, making it the fourth most-populated county in the state.
  • Chattanooga is a convenient two-hour drive from Atlanta, Birmingham, Knoxville and Nashville. Our airline service includes American, Delta, Allegiant Air, and United flights and an affordable shuttle to and from the international airports in Nashville and Atlanta. Both international airports are two hours away.
  • The Chattanooga airport has direct flights to Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Orlando, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.
  • Chattanooga has a growing economy and is home to several major employers, including Amazon, Volkswagen, and Unum. The city also has a thriving startup scene and a strong entrepreneurial community.

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