Located in the heart of North Chattanooga, this 92-acre historic property is a completely forested park in the midst of urban Chattanooga.
History of Stringer's Ridge
In 2007-08, Chattanooga’s North Shore was threatened by the potential development of 500 condos on historic Stringer’s Ridge. The outcry of Chattanooga citizens against such a development spurred The Trust for Public Land to launch a $2.4 million capital campaign to purchase 37 acres on Stringer's Ridge. Inspired by the work of TPL and his fellow Chattanooga citizens, Jimmy Hudson, the landowner of these 37 acres, also agreed to donate 55 additional acres of adjacent property to the conservation effort.
In 2009, the Tennessee River Gorge Trust stepped outside its priority viewshed to become conservation easement holder on the entire 92 acres because the Trust for Public Land needed a sister organization to act as land and easement holder. (TPL doesn't hold lands or easements.) Stringer’s Ridge provides a downtown vantage point from which to view the entrance to the Tennessee River Gorge.
The City of Chattanooga now holds the fee simple rights to the 92 acres of Stringer's Ridge and the Tennessee River Gorge Trust maintains a conservation easement on all 92 acres in perpetuity.