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

January 2020

January 2020

January 2020Happy New Year Chattanooga! As we say goodbye to 2019, we're looking forward to new adventures in the new year! What's on your outdoor adventure bucket list in 2020? Our January Newsletter is full of outdoor activities that will inspire you to get outside...

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December 2019

December 2019

December 2019Seasons Greetings and Good Tidings to All! Jolly Old Saint Nick is a busy man this time of year, yet he still finds time to delight children with his infectious laugh and Christmas spirit right here in Chattanooga. What better way to celebrate the 12 days...

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November 2019

November 2019

November 2019It's that incredible time of year again where mother nature paints herself vivid shades of orange, red, and yellow and offers up cool breezes to make the colors dance and shake until the leaves break free from the clutches of their branches and drift to...

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January 2020

Winter Workshop: Intro to Paddle Sports

January 22 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday Winter Workshop: Is paddling on your “bucket list” of things to try, but not sure where to start or how to put this adventure into motion? Make plans to attend this free workshop at Outdoor Chattanooga to learn all about the wonderful world of paddling from an experienced paddling instructor. This workshop will teach you the basics of all the paddlesports, what types of paddle crafts are on the market, their intended use, and what style of paddling is…

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Winter Workshop: Paddle the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge

January 25 @ 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Wednesday Winter Workshop: Is paddling on your “bucket list” of things to try, but not sure where to start or how to put this adventure into motion? Make plans to attend this free workshop at Outdoor Chattanooga to learn all about the wonderful world of paddling from an experienced paddling instructor. This workshop will teach you the basics of all the paddlesports, what types of paddle crafts are on the market, their intended use, and what style of paddling is…

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ICL Comp #5 of 6 at TBA

January 25 @ 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

The Interscholastic Climbing League (ICL) provides a competitive climbing program for middle and high school students in the greater Chattanooga area. The purpose is to introduce 6-12 grade students to a challenging sport and lifelong activity in an environment that emphasizes communication, teamwork and positive social interaction without the competitive pressure often associated with traditional team sports.Student climbers participate in six organized meets at the three local climbing gyms to represent their public, private or homeschool. Student climbers compete against…

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Winter Workshop: How to Protect Your Waterways

January 29 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday Winter Workshop: Instructors from WaterWays will educate community members on how individuals and small groups can take action to protect and restore their local creeks and streams. This workshop will teach attendees how to build and restore eco-friendly yards and outdoor spaces at home and the office, and what steps to take to achieve a Tennessee Clean Water home, how to evaluate storm-water runoff issues as well as techniques for restoring riparian zones with streambank stabilization, native plants, and…

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February 2020

ICL comp #6 of 6 at High Point Riverside

The Interscholastic Climbing League (ICL) provides a competitive climbing program for middle and high school students in the greater Chattanooga area. The purpose is to introduce 6-12 grade students to a challenging sport and lifelong activity in an environment that emphasizes communication, teamwork and positive social interaction without the competitive pressure often associated with traditional team sports.Student climbers participate in six organized meets at the three local climbing gyms to represent their public, private or homeschool. Student climbers compete against…

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