Top 10 Things to Do in Walker County
We asked our resident outdoor enthusiast & local realtor, Lisa Heyer, to create her top 10 list of things to do in Walker County. Whether you’re visiting our area, or a local who’s planning a staycation this year, we think you’ll agree with Lisa that Walker County has plenty of opportunities for adventure.
1. Honeybee Festival and Honeybee Metric Bicycle Ride – held annually in June
Cyclists from other cities & states came to Walker County last year for the inaugural Honeybee Metric Bicycle Ride, while many locals participated as well. If cycling is not for you, don’t worry. The festival itself offers plenty for the whole family, from kid-friendly activities to musical acts throughout the day.
2. See Rock City – Lookout Mtn. GA
This famous attraction atop Lookout Mountain, Georgia is perhaps best known for giving visitors the opportunity to see 7 states, but what you might not know is the abundance of activities and seasonal events they host, like their Southern Blooms Festival.
3. Go Cave Exploring
A real live cave exploration awaits you at Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area in Walker County. Bonus – it doesn’t matter what the weather is outside!
4. Rock Climbing, Hiking, Mt. Biking, Repelling, Bouldering, Sky Diving, Camping, Caving, Picnicking…
From waterfalls to flower trails and natural rock climbing walls, it's all on Pigeon Mountain! Visitors from all around come to Walker County to take advantage of these opportunities.
5. Road cycling year-round with community rides and group rides throughout the year
It’s no wonder that cyclists from around the world have discovered the scenic beauty of Walker County through events such as IRONMAN Chattanooga. But if you’re not a triathlete, you can still participate through events like the Honeybee Metric Bicycle Ride and B.R.A.G., which offer community & group rides.
6. Catch a performance at Back Alley Productions
Be sure to visit them in the Mars Theatre for amazing local plays and a display of community talent. Located next to The Station House Restaurant, it’s a perfect date night option.
7. Movies in the Parks
During the warmer months, you can find an abundance of free entertainment for the whole family, like Movies in the Park, hosted by some of our local municipalities. The City of Chickamauga, for example, sells popcorn and invites people to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a night of family-friendly entertainment. You can find the movie schedule on our community calendar.
8. Touring, Walking, Cycling the Chickamauga Chattanooga National Battlefield
The Chickamauga Battlefield is a historic landmark not only in the South, but in the United States. With its 5,300 acres, the national park provides more recreational opportunities than most places in the area. Be sure to visit the 6th Cavalry Museum while you're there.
9. Wilderness Disc Golf
Along with offering a stunning view, Mountain Cove Farms Resort features an 18 hole, Wilderness Disc Golf Course played by novices and pros from Atlanta, Nashville and miles around. Play the 8,000 foot championship level course with a mix of open, wooded, up-hill, down-hill, short, long, placement. The cost to play is only $5 per person/per day. If you forget your gear, the Country Store keeps a full line of disc golf equipment in stock.
10. The Battlefield Farmers Market
For a selection of locally grown produce, meats and crafts, you’ll want to put this on your calendar, starting on the first Saturday in May. They are open rain or shine from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Walker County Agriculture Center, 10052 U.S. 27, behind the Civic Center. The market runs from early May to mid-November each year.
Article written and submitted by Lisa J. Heyer, GRI, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate- Jackson Realty, Broker/Owner.
In addition to Lisa's suggestions above, the Walker County Chamber of Commerce recommends the following destinations on your trip to Walker County:
Queen City Lake
Visitors to this 260-acre lake can enjoy the experience of fishing from sunrise to sunset, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing or sailing, just to name a few. The entrance to Queen City Lake is located on Round Pond Road just past LaFayette High School. The address for the boat ramp and dock area is 303 Lakeview Drive in LaFayette. More info is available on the city's website.
The Lula Lake Land Trust, established by the will of Robert M. Davenport in January of 1994, seeks to protect and preserve the natural beauty and abundant resources within the Rock Creek watershed for the benefit of present and future generations by fostering education, research and conservation stewardship of the land. Visit their website for more info.
Lee and Gordon's Mills
This mill served as the first general store in Walker County and also later occupied both Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. The grounds of the mill now serves as a wedding & events venue, and a kayak put-in is located just behind the mill, connecting to West Chickamauga Creek.
John Ross House
Built around 1797 by John McDonald, a Scottish trader and the father of John Ross, who would later become the Chief of the Cherokee Tribe in 1828. Eventually, the Georgia legislature enacted laws to confiscate Cherokee land, while Congress approved the Indian Removal Act. The house once served as a U.S. Post Office, designated as “Rossville.” John Ross served as its first postmaster. The house was also used as a hospital during the Civil War.