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

June 2021

June 2021

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...

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May 2021

May 2021

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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April 2021

April 2021

April 2021 This year, April brings hope and a lot of programs! With COVID cases continuing to decline and vaccinations on the rise, there's hope that COVID is no longer a major threat to our community, and with that in mind, we feel confident offering outdoor programs...

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June 2021

Rapid Learning: Beginner River -Whitewater Kayaking

June 13 @ 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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.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 according to the pace of each individual paddler. Our experienced instructors have paddled a…

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private group: Instructional Kayak and Camping

June 14 - June 15

Private outdoor instructional kayak and camping program for Girls Preparatory School.

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Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

June 14 @ 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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…

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Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

June 14 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Outdoor Chattanooga's Learn to Ride a Bike Classes are the best and fastest way to learn to ride a bike!Does teaching your child how to ride a bike without training wheels end in frustration and tears? Are you an adult who's dreamed of riding a bike but can’t keep your balance or feel intimidated to try on your own? Let our League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors teach you how to ride a bike using the gliding technique. With this simple and…

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Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

June 14 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Outdoor Chattanooga's Learn to Ride a Bike Classes are the best and fastest way to learn to ride a bike!Does teaching your child how to ride a bike without training wheels end in frustration and tears? Are you an adult who's dreamed of riding a bike but can’t keep your balance or feel intimidated to try on your own? Let our League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors teach you how to ride a bike using the gliding technique. With this simple and…

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