Chattanooga Area Lifestyle
The county is home to a vast array of recreational opportunities all within a few short minutes of each community. Recreational amenities enrich daily life, encouraging residents to enjoy golfing on championship courses, play tennis on public or private courts, and enjoy the outstanding facilities available in local parks. Several outdoor attractions draw residents and visitors to the county, including: Raccoon Mountain Caverns, a show cave located 8 miles northwest of downtown Chattanooga. It was originally explored in 1929 by Leo Lambert who developed trails and installed lights and opened the cave to the public on June 28, 1931. The cave was opened under the name Tennessee Caverns. The operators of the cave claim that its explored length is over 5.5 miles. The Crystal Caverns Cave Spider is only known to exist in this cave. Cave guides will occasionally spot one of these rare spiders and point it out to the tourists. Ruby Falls Cave is a show cave located on the side of Lookout Mountain south of downtown Chattanooga. The cave is home to an awe-inspiring waterfall that draws thousands of visitors each year. The county is home to several world class golf courses as well, offering golfers everything from river views to mountain vistas while they enjoy the fantastic weather of the region. For those looking for activities that don’t require as much physical activity, the county is home to a broad range of shopping options. Shoppers will find everything from small locally owned boutique to mainstream chain stores and everything in between. Those looking for food and drink will not be disappointed either. The area offers dining options that range from the simple to the superb. Whether it’s a riverside eatery or a country restaurant, residents and visitors alike will find what they desire. The arts are well represented in the region with Chattanooga offering a broad range of entertainment options, from theater to major concert events at a variety of venues. Local communities also offer their added excitement of annual festivals, school sports and community centered gatherings.

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