Swim Start - Suck Creek Boat Launch (right side of river). At start swimmers immediately cross to the left side of the river, meet their pilot at an assigned buoy, and keep red channel markers to their right.
Swim Finish - Tennessee River Gardens (left side of the river) at 10.36 miles.
NOTE: There is a road that traces the swim course on the right side of the river (Suck Creek Road and then Mullins Cove Road), which is great for viewing, HOWEVER, there is a NOT a bridge that crosses the river from down in the Gorge on Mullins Cove Road to the swim finish.
TN River Gardens is a 15 mile ~30-40 minute drive from the Suck Creek Boat Launch. Swimmers and Pilots will park at the Swim Finish at TN River Gardens in the morning and be shuttled by school busses to the Swim Start at the Suck Creek Boat Launch.
Suck Creek Boat Launch
River Mile: 453.3
GPS Coord: 35 06'34.69”N 85 21'56.12”W
Location: U.S. 27 South/Suck Creek Road
Access: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency public power boat launch. Free overnight parking.
Address: Suck Creek Boat Launch
1907 Suck Creek Rd
Chattanooga, TN 37401
TN River Gardens Private Property
River Mile: 443.55
The official finish is in the river at the buoy at TN River Gardens. Swimmers and kayakers exit the river at the swim finish on the little beach shown below.
The finish is NEAR this address but not AT this actual address. You can use this address as your reference point:
TN River Gardens 22573 US-41, Chattanooga, TN 37419
Directions to the actual parking and swim finish coming from :
1. Exit Highway 24 at the Lookout Mountain Exit #174.
2. Turn Right onto Cummings Highway 41 W. Around 2 miles look for a sign on the right that says TVA Raccoon Mountain. Look for Triangle type median and Swim the Suck Signs. This is Raccoon Mountain Road but NOT have an actual road sign.
3. Turn right on Raccoon Mountain Road. About 100 yards down this road there is a sign on the right side that says "TVA Raccoon Mountain" and there is a large metal turbine by the sign. Drive about 1 mile down this road and Look for Swim The Suck sign on the LEFT at McNabb Road.
4. Turn LEFT onto McNabb Road (name on GPS systems but does not have an acutal road sign) to enter TN River Gardens Preserve (Swim Finish). This turn is almost 120 degrees. Drive down this hill for 0.6 miles and you will see the TN River and parking in the field on the left. Please park behind the tape. If it has been raining we cannot park in the field and will need to park alongside the hill on the right side of the road.