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!

News

September 2020

September 2020

September 2020After careful consideration, acquiring lots of disinfectant, and putting new precautions in place, we are happy to announce our return to programming and offering guided tours this month! The name of the game for September 2020 is flatwater paddling...

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August 2020

August 2020

August 2020"It's too hot outside", is something we hear quite often during the summer months in Chattanooga! This year, we're feeling it too! That's why our August 2020 Newsletter highlights the coolest places to paddle near Chattanooga as the local adventure...

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July 2020

July 2020

July 2020 The humid southern heat has officially arrived in Chattanooga, but with COVID-19 forcing many local swimming pools to remain closed this summer, you're likely looking for alternatives to beat the heat. Here's our list of natural blue holes and swim beaches...

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September 2020

Private Program: Lee University Canoe

September 29 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Outdoor Chattanooga offers guided and equipped Canoe Tours on North Chickamauga Creek for private groups and organizations. Guides lead participants on a leisurely paced paddle along the peaceful creek to view the natural landscapes and wildlife. This program includes guides on the water and all the canoe equipment (tandem canoe, paddles, lifejackets, and lights) and is appropriate for ages 6+ when accompanied by an adult. Some prior canoeing/paddling experience is helpful but not required to participate. Guides will offer basic paddling instruction and provide on-water support…

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Family Sunset Canoe Tour

September 30 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped Sunset Canoe Tour on North Chickamauga Creek. Guides will lead you on a family-friendly, leisurely paced paddle along the peaceful creek to view wildlife as the sunsets. Prior to departure, you'll receive basic paddling instruction, water safety information and be properly outfitted in a lifejacket and canoe.Cost is $10 per person which includes guides on the water and all the canoe equipment (tandem canoe, paddles, lifejackets, and lights). This sunset canoe tour…

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Postponed: Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Skills Class

September 30 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Chester Frost Park, 2277 Gold Point Cir N
Hixson, TN United States

Due to Covid-19 and the rapid number of rising cases in Hamilton County, we have decided to postpone this program until further notice.   Teaching the kayak roll requires very close contact.  This is one of our favorite programs so we do wish to return ASAP!!Learn to whitewater kayak with us! Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Program provides formal and equipped kayak instruction for beginning and seasoned kayakers.To begin, participants should attend an Introduction to Kayaking Class to learn essential skills and…

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October 2020

Full Moon Kayak Tour

October 1 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped Full Moon Kayak Tour around the islands and sloughs of Chickamauga Lake as the full moon rises in the night sky. Guides will lead you on a leisurely paced and peaceful paddle to watch the colorful skyline as the sun sets and the full moon rises over the lake. Prior to departure, you'll receive basic paddling instruction, water safety information and be properly outfitted in a lifejacket and kayak.Cost is $35 per person…

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Sale Creek Kayak Tour

October 3 @ 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Patterson Boat Ramp, 15300 Iles Rd
Sale Creek, TN United States

Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped kayak tour on Sale Creek, near the confluence of the Tennessee River about 45 minutes north of Chattanooga. Enjoy a leisurely paced paddle along the creek in search of wildlife such as Bald Eagles, migrant shorebirds, herons as well as seasonal wildflower blooms along the shorelines. Prior to departure, you'll receive basic paddling instruction, water safety information and be properly outfitted in a lifejacket and kayak. We utilize recreational kayaks that fit most body…

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