Wanna go outside and play this weekend? Each week, the Game Plan brings you the best ways to enjoy the water, trails, and mountains in your Blue Ridge backyard. The Game Plan features three of the top upcoming weekend adventures in your neck of the woods, along with maps, stories, and insider insights. More weekend fun can be found here.
|Chill Out on the Jacks
Jacks River Falls is hardly a secret, but the narrow gorge that houses the 60-foot waterfall is so remote and picturesque, you won’t mind waiting in line to jump. The falls is so popular, the Forest Service has recently banned overnight camping along the river to help cut down on use. Regardless, it’s a jump that can’t be ignored. Jacks comes down in two dramatic tiers within a narrow rock canyon, and an imposing 20-foot tall rock chimney protrudes over the deep pool at the bottom of the last waterfall.Find out how to make a splash on the Jacks!
Coolidge Park—right on the Tennessee River near Chattanooga—is turning into a big spot for stand-up paddleboards and touring kayaks. It’s a great riverfront scene with two boat ramps right downtown, where a lot of people can go play around after work. You can also take a long scenic mellow paddle on South Chickamauga Creek.How to get out there and start SUP’ing!
|Hike the Tanawha Trail
13.5 miles may not sound like a long trail, but the technical terrain and panoramic side trips make the Tanawha a mini-epic adventure. The Tanawha (Cherokee for eagle) parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway along the edge of Grandfather Mountain, running from Beacon Heights to Julian Price Park.A guide on how to complete this hike!
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