Small towns big on adventure that are within 10 hours of Chattanooga

Contributed photo by Ralph Daniel Photography via / Canoeing on the Altamaha River offers solitude amid rare wildlife.

If you've already explored almost every square inch of the great outdoors just outside your front door and are itching for some adventure after months at home, outdoor recreation is the perfect socially distanced solution. And Chattanooga is driving distance to many under-the-radar small towns that are big on outdoor opportunities.

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photo Photo contributed by Visit Bentonville / Bentonville, Ark., offers both paved and trail cycling opportunities which earned the small city Silver-level Ride Center status from the International Mountain Bicycling Association.


Population: 54,909

Drive time from Chattanooga: 10 hours

There are 12 Silver-level Ride Centers in the U.S.,