Outdoor Chattanooga is a unique division of the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Economic and Community Development. Our role is to connect you to Chattanooga’s outdoor scene! There’s so much to see and do here, but it can be overwhelming finding the right information on how and where to go outside and play. We’re here to help. Search this site by activity or location to find detailed information about all the places to run, climb, hike, bike, paddle, and play, within an hours drive of Chattanooga.

Try Archery

These free indoor classes offer a hands on opportunity to learn more about the sport of archery.

Learn to Ride a Bike

Learn how to ride a bicycle or refresh your rusty skills with Outdoor Chattanooga’s experienced instructors.

Bike Commuting 101

Car, pedestrians, busses, on ramps, intersections, turn lanes, traffic lights . . . how do you deal with all these things when you’re on a bicycle? Bike commuting 101 is the best first step towards learning how to drive your bicycle in traffic

Rapid Learning

Outdoor Chattanooga’s Rapid Learning Whitewater Kayak Program provides formal and equipped kayak instruction for beginner and seasoned kayakers to learn and develop the skills needed to safely and confidently paddle whitewater streams.

Cumberland Trail Hiking Series

Outdoor Chattanooga aims to connect you with this scenic trail by offering 12 different short section hikes  (4-7 miles each) throughout the year, including half-day hikes and equipped overnight backpacking adventures.

Intro to Mountain Biking

Leave the asphalt behind and get in gear for the trails with Outdoor Chattanooga’s Intro to Mountain Biking Class.

Mountain to Town

Mountain to Town Bike Adventure is a guided downhill mountain bike ride that highlights the scenic trails atop Lookout Mountain and how they connect to the Tennessee Riverwalk all the way to downtown Chattanooga!

Fireside

Fireside is a free, family friendly, outdoor music series hosted by Outdoor Chattanooga and sponsored by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union that gathers around a campfire at the City of Chattanooga’s Greenway Farm Park.

Adaptive Cycling

Through the use of adaptive cycling equipment, this program provides individuals with disabilities the ability to cycle along the beautiful Tennessee River.

Activities Around Chattanooga

Surrounded by mountains and a river that runs through the heart of downtown, it’s easy to see why Chattanooga was voted “Best Town Ever” by Outside Magazine readers twice! From the bustle of the emerging downtown districts, take a 30-minute drive in any direction and you’ll find world-class rock climbing, mountain biking, paddling, hiking, camping and more. Search this site by activity or location and get inspired for your next outdoor adventure in the Scenic City.

Get Connected to the Outdoors Chattanooga

Our events calendar lists the special programs, workshops and guided tours we offer throughout the year, which are great opportunities for beginners to experience the outdoors with our professional guide staff. Find cool outdoor activities and local adventures to try in our monthly newsletters. Stay connected to the outdoors and us through our Facebook and Instagram accounts. And, when you’re in Chattanooga, be sure to visit us in Coolidge Park to get friendly advice, pick up trail maps or brochures and share your outdoor adventures with us!

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October 2019

October 2019

October 2019After the never-ending summer-like heat wave we experienced all through September, we're hoping October finally brings some cooler weather to Chattanooga! Along with a reprieve to the heat and some colorful fall foliage, October also brings a full schedule...

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August 2019

August 2019

August 2019Our August 2019 Newsletter highlights all the outdoor and activities going on in and around Chattanooga that will inspire you to get out and play with us! This month we feature our Archers and Aces Adult Archery Program every Tuesday in August. We encourage...

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July 2019

July 2019

July 2019July is here and the summer heat is in full force. Thankfully, water flows through the heart of Chattanooga! Whether you’re looking for whitewater thrills or seeking the quiet solitude of a backwater slough, this beautiful city offers multiple ways to indulge...

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October 2019

2019 Fireside: Outdoor Concert Series

October 17 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5051 Gann Store Rd, Hixson, TN 37343, USA, 5052 Gann Store Rd United States

Free Outdoor Concert Series At Greenway Farm ParkThursdays in October | 7 p.m. — 9 p.m.Thanks to Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union for sponsoring this free, family-friendly, outdoor music series hosted by Outdoor Chattanooga which gathers around a campfire at the City of Chattanooga’s Greenway Farm Park. All ages are invited to come out to unplug and enjoy an autumn evening in the park. Bring your blankets and chairs, marshmallow roasting stick and perhaps a picnic supper; then sit back and…

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Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour

October 19 @ 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Join Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga for this free, leisurely paced bicycle tour through Chickamauga Battlefield. National Park Service rangers provide recounts of the history of the battlefield during frequent stops, while Outdoor Chattanooga staff and volunteers provide ride support. Loaner bicycles from the Outdoor Chattanooga Mobile Bicycle Fleet are available for riders five feet tall and over at no charge, thanks to sponsorship from the National Park Partners and the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga. Reservations…

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Traffic Skills 101 for Bike Commuting – Learn to “drive” your bicycle in traffic

October 21 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn the rules of the road and riding techniques to be a confident and predictable commuter.Class offered the 3rd Monday of each monthCost: FreePre-registration required. Register here.Our League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors will teach:-TN State and Chattanooga laws pertaining to bicycles-Lane positioning and changing-Signaling and scanning-Basic bicycle safety and helmet checkThe class will be followed by an optional practice ride (in good weather). Open to adults and kids ages 14 and older (when accompanied by an adult).All participants must…

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Chattanooga Bicycle Club – Monthly Meeting

October 21 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Chattanooga Bicycle Club Board Meeting. The Chattanooga Bicycle Club (CBC) was established in 1967 to encourage and promote bicycle riding and safety, and to foster good relationships between cyclists and motorists by demonstrating courtesy and respect for the law. CBC is a club for recreational cyclists and provides riding opportunities year round. CBC is a strong cycling advocate whose mission is to educate, promote and advocate bicycling for transportation, fitness and recreation. The club is affiliated with the League of…

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Adult Archers and Aces

October 22 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Calling all adults who enjoy game playing and archery! Join us for target style archery, indoors, at Outdoor Chattanooga in Coolidge Park on select Tuesdays in June and July. Our staff will provide instruction and facilitate group games such as Jeopardy, Tic-Tac-Toe, Bingo, and Blackjack to encourage friendly competition and comradery with peers. Genesis compound bows are provided and draw weights are dialed to a low resistance. No previous experience or reservations are required to participate. These sessions are FREE,…

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