Winter has finally arrived after a very balmy first week, with temperatures in the upper 60’s and 70’s during the holidays. Now that winter is here, the temperatures are staying in the upper 40’s- low 50’s during the day and dipping below freezing at night. The forecast for rain this weekend is par for the course for Chattanooga winters. We rarely have snow and the climate is very moderate with a comparatively short winter. Right now the sun is shining and the day is looking pretty great.
Winter is one of the reasons to move to Chattanooga. All the things that you enjoy the rest of the year can be enjoyed in the winter. Hiking in Chattanooga is the best time to enjoy the views from the tops of Lookout, Signal, Raccoon, Mowbry and Elder Mountains since the bare trees do not block the views. I am always amazed at what boulders and fallen trees emerge in the winter months once the foliage has died back. Climbing and bouldering in the winter is a huge sport in Chattanooga thanks in part to the great weather and the boulders.Rootsrated.com recently shared a “50 Must Do” list for Chattanooga and many of the items listed were winter activities.
Mountain biking is huge in the winter in Chattanooga. Trails are more visible and it is easier to anticipate what is coming up, meaning it is easier to go fast! Raccoon Mountain is full of trail riders in the winter months. Running trails is easier as well. Recently people from all over the country came to participate in the Lookout Mountain 50 Mile Trail race. I ran the 10k and at packet pickup, met a group of guys in town all the way from New York City! They were in for a treat on our mountains. The day was cold to start, but ended in the mid 40’s when the winner crossed the finish line in just over 6 hours.
Running is huge in Chattanooga all year long. The roads and sidewalks are full of runners no matter what the day, time or season. Serious runners love the winter season with mild afternoons, perfect for running the bridges downtown or along the Riverwalk. And there are plenty of races. beginning with the fun Mainx24 Main Street Mile, complete with goofy costumes all the the way to the 2016 inaugural Chattanooga Marathon March 6th.
No matter what you like to do outdoors, you can enjoy the benefits of a mild winter and continue to enjoy all Chattanooga has to offer. For more information about relocating to Chattanooga or what great things there are to do here, contact Chattanooga Property Shop or send for our free location package.