Raccoon/Aetna Mountains could become new ‘adventure' tourism district
A pair of local brothers sees an adventure destination in their 500 acres of Marion County land just west of the Lookout Valley community in Chattanooga.
The property — on what maps dub either Raccoon Mountain or Aetna Mountain — is crisscrossed with trails, filled with wildlife and offers vistas of the Tennessee River Gorge where hikers, bikers, nature watchers and off-roading enthusiasts could seek outdoor adventures within a 15-minute drive of downtown Chattanooga.
The Perlaky brothers — Steven, 52, and Jeff, 39, also own Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Campground on adjacent land on the Hamilton County side. Those attractions draw about 100,000 visitors a year, Jeff Perlaky said.
Marion County officials are seeking a designation from the state as an "adventure tourism district" on the Perlakys' behalf.
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