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Stringer's Ridge
Length Approx. 10 miles (16 km)
Location Chattanooga, TN
Designation Preservation easement
Trailheads Spears Avenue trailhead, Bell Avenue trailhead
Use Hiking, Mountain biking, Trail running
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Easy to strenuous and technical
Season Year-round
Sights Scenic overlook of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Stringer's Ridge Preservation Easement, generally known as Stringer's Ridge, is a 92 acre wilderness park located in North Chattanooga, Tennessee. The ridge overlooks the North Shore, the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga. The trail terrain consists of rolling hills and some short steep sections. Though the trail is well-groomed, it does have some tree roots along this single-track trail. Mature oak and hickory trees dominate the ridge. The Tennessee River Gorge Trust, the City of Chattanooga and The Trust for Public Land are involved in preserving and maintaining the area.

History

Three hills make up Stringer's Ridge, a view so strategic that it was the site of the first Union invasion of Chattanooga. On June 7th, 1862, Brigadier General James S. Negley's forces bombed Chattanooga from this ridge. The Confederate forces had control of the city until General John T. Wilder's Union army took the ridge named for Captain William Stringer.

In the years 2007 and 2008, Chattanooga's North Shore was threatened by the potential development of 500 condos on Stringer's Ridge. The objection to such a proposal led to The Trust for Public Land campaign to purchase 37 acres on Stringer's Ridge. The landowner of the 37 acres also agreed to donate an additional 55 acres of adjacent property to the conservation effort. In 2009, the Tennessee River Gorge Trust became the conservation easement holder on the entire 92 acres.

The City of Chattanooga directly received ownership of the original 37 acres on Stringer's Ridge. Since 2011, the ownership of the remaining 55 acres has been transferred to the City of Chattanooga. However, the Tennessee River Gorge Trust continues to hold a conservation easement on all 92 acres.

Design

Stringer's Ridge contains three trail loops totaling 10 miles, ranging from easy difficulty to strenuous. Most of the trails are family oriented allowing for leisurely stroll, while some of the trail is designated for more experienced hikers. A picnic area is located on the south side of the park. The park has two trail heads. One is on the south end on Old Bell Avenue, while the other is on the north end located on Spears Avenue. An outlook structure has recently been added to the park.

  • Crutchfield, Jennifer (2010). Chattanooga Landmarks: Exploring the History of the Scenic City. Charleston, SC: History Press.

Coordinates: 35°04′08″N 85°19′16″W / 35.069°N 85.321°W / 35.069; -85.321

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