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The BEST Tennessee Elopement Locations

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Have you thought about a Tennessee elopement?

Choosing to elope means getting married on your terms. If you want your wedding experience to be an epic adventure story, or, beautiful yet accessible without the sweat, some of the best Tennessee elopement locations may surprise you!

From water, to city scapes, to woods and sweeping overlooks…

From city exploration, to outdoor adventures to celebrate your wedding…

And, whether you want to share some private vows & adventure with your partner, be with your crew for a family elopement ceremony, or some combination of the two, the best places to elope in Tennessee can give you exactly what you are looking for in your totally you wedding experience❤️️.

Read on to see all the options you may not have known that Tennessee elopements could provide!

TENNESSEE WATER ELOPEMENT IDEAS:

If you’re looking for a water elopement, Tennessee has your number😉:

  • Greeter Falls: If you and your crew are up for a moderate hike to get a signature Tennessee waterfall elopement location, these falls need to be considered for your wedding experience! A trip to South Cumberland State Park gives a ton of reward for your efforts. The short hiking loop called Greeter Falls Loop Trail leads to three beautiful waterfalls: Upper Greeter Falls, Lower Greeter Falls, and Boardtree Falls, all beautiful and unique as to why they are great spots for your waterfall elopement ceremony spot!

  • Falling Water Falls: There is a quick 11 minute hike (.3 miles) to reach a great lookout above the falls. While the view of the falls thems is a bit hidden from the overlook, the overlook is really the “wow” feature of space. This location is very accessible, though the trail is a bit root-y and rocky and the overlook is known for being exposed space so watch your step! The parking is extremely limited, so keep that in mind. If you choose these falls, I would recommend this spot for a “Just Us” elopement experience. 

  • Rainbow Falls: As our friends at VisitChattanooga.com say, “Where do we start? Rainbow Falls is beautiful, and it’s the closest waterfall on this list to downtown Chattanooga. It’s a no-brainer, and we would be remiss to leave it off” our list of amazing elopement locations. Except:

… Don’t go. Seriously. Don’t go to Rainbow Falls. Please.

Why? Well, for one, it’s not really allowed. There are signs on the Cumberland Trail which state that pretty clearly from above the slope. That’s trespassing, and we don’t encourage trespassing. It’s also super dangerous to try to access the falls, which has nothing resembling an actual trail down the slick, precarious slope from above. There has been more than one rescue (and one fatality) from this area in the last couple of years.

But the most important reason is that it’s become a conservation issue. The rogue “social trail” down from the CT is eroded badly. It gets worse with every rainfall and there’s no shortage of rain in Chattanooga.

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  •  Pro Tip: Some sites like RootsRated.com show it as open, but land managers, local hiking groups, and others consider it closed, and are working on long term solutions to provide safe, sustainable access to Rainbow Falls, which, benefits us all.

  • Hit the Rapids! If you’re looking to amp up your adventure a bit, we can build a ceremony and/or vows adventure around Tennessee’s three well-known rivers that offer white water rafting—the Pigeon River, Nolichucky River, and Ocoee River. With fun boogey water for beginners & good time seekers, all the way to Class III+ rapids for with rapids for a more thrilling ride!

  • Cruise a River! Layer in some fun to your vows, a unique ceremony with a few cherished loved ones, or, a fun outing for the Just Us Two portion of your elopement with a kayak or stand-up paddled boarding experience to some truly beautiful locations.
    • Pro Tip – For a less people-powered option, Chattanooga has some beautiful Riverboat or other commercial boat options for a beautiful wedding on the water!

NATIONAL + STATE PARKS FOR A TENNESSEE ELOPEMENT:

National and state parks provide endless scenic outdoor ceremony spots! Choosing a national or state park as your elopement location (or part of of your overall adventure!) allows space for so much of your own flavor. With forests, rivers, waterfalls, endless trails, lakes, and breath-taking mountain views, you can make your experience yours

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Just outside of Knoxville (45 minutes) and not far from Chattanooga (2 hours), The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most popular areas for micro weddings and elopements in Tennessee. It has a range of pre-approved ceremony spots with minimal walking, to easy access roadside, to more traditional location options for larger groups.
    • Pro Tip: There are no “backcountry” weddings or wedding portraits allowed (updated May, 2022.) This is because any areas beyond a very limited radius from the main parking areas are considered wilderness and protected as such.
      • In addition, some pre-approved in-park locations have booking restrictions (eg: holidays, fall colors season). So, because there are limited locations, they do book up quickly! You’ll want to plan ahead!
    • Love the ideas of Great Smoky, but not keen on the restrictions, limited timing, or needing to spend thousands on a commercial venue that still doesn’t really get the vibe you want? Let me know what vibe you are looking for, and I’d love to help you find just the right spot to meet your needs!

  • Cherokee National Forest: This national forest is the largest public area in Tennessee with 650,000 acres of forest space and is just an hour outside of Chattanooga. This national forest is home to commonly known spots like Ocoee Rivers, Unaka Mountain, and Watauga Lake for a huge variety in Tennessee elopement location vibes and scenery!

  • Roan Mountain State Park: Roan Mountain is a very popular mountain spot in Northeast Tennessee. This state park is perfect for a couple looking for some mountain views, the desire to see summits, and want to spend their day surrounded by gorgeous forest. This location is in the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains.

TENNESSEE’S BEST – CHATTANOOGA ELOPEMENTS

While some of my favorite destinations to elope in Tennessee are forests, trails, and overlooks, I have a secret… You can get ALLLLLLLLL of that by eloping in Chattanooga.

With some serious accessibility, to amazing natural spaces and parks of all kinds, and, cool accommodations of any kind, restaurants, and other activities, you honestly need look no further than The Scenic City!

  • Prentice Cooper State Forest: This bluff-top stretch of state forest has beautiful trails, lush ravines housing babbling brooks, and some TOP NOTCH overlooks that give with a panoramic view of the Tennessee River. One of my favorite overlooks is basically a small version of Horseshoe Bend, Utah, but in Tennessee😄. Here, the summer phenomenon of a cloud inversion can happen, and it is amazing, with clouds sinking down into the river valley below your feet. Surprisingly located only 45 minutes outside of Chattanooga, the overlooks & trails across Prentice Cooper State Forest can give your Tennessee Elopement a unique twist.
    • Pro Tip: A a multi-use forest, Prentice Cooper has seasonal, rotating closures for hunting. Navigating those considerations is part of the elopement concierge service I provide as we finalize your dates and elopement plans!

  • Lookout Mountain – Sunset Rock: Lookout Mountain makes for an epic elopement location (and undeniably great photos!) Located in Chattanooga with only a short hike, you can see amazing views above the city. A favorite of locals & tourists alike, a midweek elopement or microwedding is advised.
    • Pro Tip: Love the feel and vibe of Sunset Rock, but not up for the crowds? Chattanooga is stacked with options with varying levels of hiking & accessibility that I’d love to help you explore as options. Location scouting & options are part of every package!

  • Signal Mountain – Signal Point: With more parking than many areas, seasonally available restrooms, and epic views for you and your crew, the options on Signal Mountain will not disappoint! With great accessibility options with no hikes, to moderate hikes that yes, even your older parents can do!, you have wonderful choices of overlooks, forest views, a waterfall, swinging bridge, and more for a truly unique Chattanooga Elopement.

BONUS!

  • Cloudland Canyon: Located right outside of Chattanooga, TN (and technically in Georgia!) Cloudland Canyon is a must on this list. Unquestionably, there is a lot to see and do at Cloudland Canyon. Deep canyons and sandstone cliffs to explore, hiking, mountain biking, disc golf, creeks and waterfalls, and so much more. With space for a micro wedding with your closest crew, or, an awesome Just Us adventure (or some combo of the two!), if you and your partner want all the outdoor activity around your adventure elopement, then this is a great choice! The bonus? There are some super fun accommodations with camping, cabins, and vacation rentals local, too!

SECRET TENNESSEE ELOPEMENT LOCATIONS:

The above lists include some great elopement locations in Tennessee, but I’ll be honest there are so many more I can’t wait to show you!

Location scouting and custom location lists are a foundational part of EACH of my elopement concierge services in my elopement packages, whether you’re eloping in Tennessee or on the search for somewhere else in the US!

What else might you find in Tennessee? Take a spin below, and if any of these catch your eye, and you and your partner are looking to elope in Tennessee and want some expert support to bring all the pieces together, let’s talk❤️️!

Is Tennessee for you?

In summary, Tennessee has endless options for your special adventure elopement, and I can’t wait to help you find the “spot!” for your I Do!

Love Tennessee’s elopement locations, but curious to explore some other southern location options? You can explore Georgia Elopement locations here, and see what true beauty is possible ALLLLLL across the South!

And if all these options feel a little overwhelming, know that I’m here to support you in finding the right spot, figuring out logistics from location access to ceremony planning, to figuring out how to include your family if you like! I specialize in building a day that fits you two as a couple, allowing you to have the most personal, awesome wedding elopement experience, without the stress. Your wedding, made simple.🤗 Learn more on how your elopement actually comes to life!

About Kate...

I put  my photography, obsessive planning, and all I’ve learned in my life + business + travels to work as an accomplice & adventure concierge for elopements of all kinds. 
Freeing couples just like you to have an adventurous wedding unlike any other!

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Hi! I’m Kate, 

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Lifelong “sporto.” Traveler. Organized optimist. Adventure accomplice.

With my whole soul, I believe that you and your partner should marry in a way that feels like you.   SO... Four years ago, I completely reworked my photography business to honor that vision.  To create a safe space for couples to create a wedding experience that feels right.

I changed course so that you can too.

Freeing couples to get married exactly how they want to, with no limits on what that looks like.   Is that bold?!?  Maybe, but you're ready!

Let's build your elopement adventure!

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