Outdoor Chattanooga is a unique division of the City of Chattanooga’s Parks and Outdoors Department. Our mission is to connect you to Chattanooga’s vibrant 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.
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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.
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!
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July 2021 Summer is in full effect here in the Scenic City and we want to help you find creative ways to beat the heat! Check out our paddling guide in our July 2021 newsletter and start exploring Chattanooga's scenic waterways! We're also offering several paddling...
June 2021 We're shifting gears in June to offer lots of kayak programs to help you beat the incoming summer heat! From learning how to paddle your own boat on flatwater (Paddle Smart) to leisurely paced downriver and down creek kayak tours to a Pedal and Paddle...
May 2021What a difference a year makes! Last May we were quarantined at home trying to figure out how to navigate an uncertain world and an unknown virus. Graduations were canceled. People were laid off. Businesses, schools, and even the outdoors were closed. This...
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Have you purchased your own kayak/canoe/SUP, but lack the confidence to explore Chattanooga's scenic waterways safely? BYO-Boat (Bring Your Own kayak, SUP, or canoe) and join Outdoor Chattanooga for an intro to flatwater paddling course that will give you the confidence to safely and smartly paddle Chattanooga's scenic waterways!Paddle Smart Chattanooga classes are taught by Outdoor Chattanooga’s experienced paddling instructors. They'll share their knowledge and offer insight on the best ways to set up your boat, transporting your craft, paddling…Find out more »
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped Pedal to Paddle | Bike to Kayak Adventure on the Tennessee Riverwalk and Tennessee River Blueway! You'll discover how Chattanooga's greenways and blueways are connected while experiencing two adventure sports in one day! Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guides will lead you on a leisurely paced 6-mile bike tour on Bike Chattanooga bikes over the Walnut Street Bridge and along the Tennessee Riverwalk before shifting gears and getting into kayaks to paddle 5-miles down the Tennessee River back…Find out more »
Bring the kids out to a free bike rodeo at the First Horizon Pavilion on Saturday, July 31. Drop-in between 9-11:30 AM to participate in an obstacle course designed to teach bike safety skills in a fun atmosphere! Ride away with new skills such as proper helmet and bike fit, hand signals, rules of the road, and much more! For the more adventurous, you might learn how to pop a wheelie.Designed for all ages and skill levels, this free event is…Find out more »
This is a beginner class on moving water for participants in the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program who have attended an introduction class on the lake and exhibit solid fundamental skills. (example: comfortable with the wet exit and boat control)The Rapid Learning Whitewater Program provides formal kayak instruction and guided practice for beginner paddlers to learn how to safely and comfortably paddle up to class III+ whitewater.River trips are offered in a small group setting with an emphasis on building skills…Find out more »
On My Own 2 Wheels is a multi-tiered program designed to engage the homeless to become more physically active, learn safe bicycle transportation practices, and upon graduation of the program will earn a bicycle. Participants are pre-registered and managed by Chattanooga Track Club and the Community Kitchen. Outdoor Chattanooga's staff in coordination with the KatV. the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for Hamilton County via Collegedale PD, provide bicycle education and lead group rides for road skills and route practice. This…Find out more »