North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy (NCCC) is a non-profit organization that is committed to involving the Chattanooga and surrounding communities in preservation, conservation and responsible use of the North Chickamauga Creek watershed and gorge, and to increase global awareness of the importance of these actions.

In the Beginning

NCCC informally began in 1989 with a collection of friends and citizens raising concerns about the deteriorating condition of the North Chickamauga Creek. NCCC was officially founded in 1993 as the Friends of the North Chickamauga Creek Greenway to meet the ongoing need for an organization to facilitate citizen involvement in the planning and establishment of the North Chickamauga Creek Greenway. In 1997, to better reflect the broad scope of the organization’s work throughout the watershed, in addition to the establishment of a greenway along the creek, the organization adopted the current name of North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy.


Since its founding, NCCC has grown into an organization that has helped to conserve over 14,000 acres within and around the North Chickamauga Creek watershed. NCCC’s work is supported through a combination of grants from local and national foundations and contributions and volunteer services from supportive individuals, companies, and organizations. NCCC often works in partnership with other organizations and government entities to accomplish common conservation goals. Visit the Projects page to read more about the Conservancy’s individual accomplishments.