Chattanooga is a thriving city along the Tennessee River. When winter ends and spring begins camping near Chattanooga comes to life. The camping opportunities are plentiful with many sites available and the activities abound near Chattanooga. Benton Falls is a popular attraction for those that visit Chilhowee Mountain. Since spring brings more water to the rivers, visitors love paddling along the Oceoee and Hiwassee Rivers. At Fort Mountain State Park a 9-mile loop allows for walking and running and visiting the mysterious stone walls at the summit. Fall Creek Falls State Park has lodging, restaurants, a golf course and a zip line attraction. DeSoto State Park has a large natural swimming pool, and other swimming areas along Little River and over 25 miles of trails to hike.