|A view of the Tennessee River from Chickamauga Dam to Lookout Mountain|
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|Chattanooga has no shortage of waterfront.|
Suburbanites of yesteryear flocked to neighborhoods away from the river like Highland Park, St. Elmo, Lookout Mountain, and Signal Mountain to avoid the unpredictable downsides of the river. Today, suburbanites seek out the safe, amenity-packed communities along the lakefront, including Bal Harbor, Colonial Shores, Lake Shore Estates, Valleybrook, Big Ridge, and Sale Creek. Residents from all over the Chattanooga area enjoy socializing and recreating through the Chattanooga Yacht Club, Island Cove Marina, Lakeshore Marina, Harbor Lights Marina, and Valleybrook Golf and Country Club. State parks carve out some of the area for public use, including Chester Frost Park, Harrison Bay State Park, Booker T. Washington State Park, and Possom Creek Recreational Center.
|A paddle board yoga enthusiast does a headstand on Waconda Bay.|
Unlike many waterfront areas, Chattanooga's lake-accessible neighborhoods aren't farflung from downtown. Most are within 30 minutes from the city center, and are very close to shopping centers in Hixon, East Brainerd, and Ooltewah. The city's two malls, Northgate and Hamilton Place (the later is Tennessee's largest) are located on either side of Chickamauga dam, easy to reach from any of the city's suburbs. Major highways also extend past each side of the waterfront area-- Highway 153 and Highway 111 to the West and I-75 to the East. These make commuting the city center a breeze, as well as heading out of town to Crossville, Cookville, Knoxville, Atlanta and beyond. Neighborhoods with easy access to the water or the many recreation areas also come at a wide variety of price points, making the area economically diverse and affordable for all. That doesn't detract from the quality of tax-supported services like schools, however. The public schools in these suburbs are some of the area's best.
Whether you are coming for the outdoors, the shopping, the spacious homes and neighborhoods, or the community and family-oriented amenities, the areas around Chickamauga Lake and Harrison Bay are hard to beat. They offer the best of suburban living without a loss of convenience, and are one of the best ways to enjoy Chattanooga's unique natural wonders year round. Whether you want a primary residence or a weekend and summer retreat, whether you have a lot to spend or a little, there's something for everyone in one of Chattanooga' defining areas.