Why does the Watershed matter?

Encompassing more than 140 square miles of ridge-top, escarpment, and valley floor, the terrain surrounding the 32 miles of North Chickamauga Creek provides a diverse array of activities, land uses, and societal impacts in an area where raw nature and urban core collide. The sheer size of the watershed dictates a meaningful existence. Existing as the centerpiece for biodiversity and human impact along the Cumberland corridor in the heart of the southeastern United States, the watershed represents the holistic core of the ecological reality throughout the region.

  • World-class kayaking.
  • Endangered species.
  • More than seventy miles of trail.
  • Massive clear-cuts.
  • Economic diversity.
  • Haphazard development.
  • Recovering fisheries.
  • Legacy mines.
  • Picturesque gorges.
  • Impacted waterways.
  • Expansive parks.
  • Indomitable spirit.