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.

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 2022

June 2022

Summer is in full swing! We are excited to share fun programs all summer, from Rapid Learning sessions to music events to South Chickamauga Creek Greenway activations. Check out these activities and more in the June newsletter!

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May 2022

May 2022

This May, Outdoor Chattanooga is ramping up our programming and preparing for a long, fun-filled summer! From Intro to Mountain Biking to Learn to Skateboard, we are offering lots of ways to get out and enjoy the wonderful spring weather. Read about these programs as...

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April 2022

April 2022

Spring is in the air! The weather is warming, plants are blooming, and folks are starting to spend more time enjoying the outdoors. Outdoor Chattanooga is ramping up our programming to help get you outside to enjoy this spectacular weather. This month's newsletter...

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July 2022

Reach One Teach One-Greenway Adventures Youth ProgramsRetreat

July 4 @ 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Road
Hixson, TN 37343 United States

Outdoor Chattanooga is working with the youth participating in the Reach One Teach One program to provide quality outdoor recreation experiences and outdoor leadership instruction and confidence building skills.

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Chattanooga Grotto Meeting

July 4 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Chattanooga Grotto is the caving club of Chattanooga, TN. Meetings are held every first Monday of the month at Outdoor Chattanooga in Coolidge Park at 7PM EST. Anyone is welcome to join the meetings. Come see what being a caver in the heart of TAG is all about! Club fees apply.

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Partner Program: Youth Outdoor Leadership with Bridge Chattanooga and Reach One Teach One

July 6 @ 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Outdoor Chattanooga is working in partnership with the Bridge Chattanooga’s Outdoor Leadership and Job Readiness Program to provide programming to teach outdoor hard skills along with soft skills such as leadership, communication, perseverance, and teamwork. These outdoor leadership skills are then solidified by teaching these skills to a younger group participation with Reach One Teach One Program.  This program is made possible by generous grants in coordination with the Bethlehem Center

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Reach One Teach One-Greenway Adventures Youth ProgramsRetreat

July 11 @ 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Road
Hixson, TN 37343 United States

Outdoor Chattanooga is working with the youth participating in the Reach One Teach One program to provide quality outdoor recreation experiences and outdoor leadership instruction and confidence building skills.

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Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

July 11 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 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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