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

April 2019

April 2019

Spring is in the air and we're itching to get outside and play! We've searched high and low for all the outdoor activities happening in and around Chattanooga this month and put them in our April Newsletter to inspire you to get outside play too. From Spring Festivals...

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March 2019

March 2019

Our March Newsletter focuses on family-friendly outdoor activities happening in and around Chattanooga during Hamilton County's Spring Break to encourage a fun-filled staycation in the Scenic City that the whole family can enjoy!

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February 2019

February 2019

This month's local adventure is inspired in part by the Times Free Press article regarding Southeast Cave Conservancy Inc's (SCCi) recent land acquisition in North Georgia. The donated property on Lookout Mountain extending into Johnson's Crook in Dade County, Georgia...

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April 2019

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

April 22 @ 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 earn a bicycle. Participants are pre-registered and managed by Chattanooga Track Club and the Community Kitchen. Outdoor Chattanooga's staff provide the bicycle education and lead group rides for road skills and route practice. This program welcomes volunteers for ride support! Contact OC for more information. https://onmyown2feetsite.wordpress.com/

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Adaptive Cycling

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

An adaptive cycling program for individuals with disabilities. Hand cycles, tandem bikes, and three wheel cycles are available for individuals who have physical and visual disabilities. Volunteer support bikes are provided by Outdoor Chattanooga. Depending on the cycle needed, participants will have to be approved by the group that owns the cycle and fill out liability forms from the specific group you us a cycle form. This program is co-sponsored by SPARC, Outdoor Chattanooga and the City of Chattanooga's Therapeutic…

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Fireside! Outdoor Concerts-Latin Series at TATUM PARK

April 25 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fireside  is a free, family-friendly, outdoor music series which gathers around a campfire for community fun.   Think of the days of the past when neighbors would gather to be together after supper to enjoy music and each other.   Fireside has added a spring series with a new genre of music and location at the City of Chattanooga’s Tatum Park. All ages are invited to come out, unplug and enjoy a spring evening in the park.  (FYI:  the October series will continue…

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Fireside! Outdoor Concerts-Latin Series at TATUM PARK

April 25 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fireside is a free, family-friendly, outdoor music series sponsored by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (TVFCU) in partnership with Outdoor Chattanooga. For seven years, the concert series was held on Thursday evenings in October at the Greenway Farms in Hixson. This spring, in partnership with La Paz Chattanooga and a few other gracious donors, we're expanding the series to offer Fireside Latino Nights at the City of Chattanooga's Tatum Park in the historic Highland Park neighborhood. Families of all ages and diverse backgrounds…

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Earth Day Event and Eco Challenges at Miller Park

April 27

Join in celebrating Earth Day the Chattanooga way with some friendly competition, live music, eco-vendors and resource connections!For more information contact the event organizer --  GREENSPACES http://www.greenspaceschattanooga.org/ecofielddayAPRIL 26  11AM - 3PMCORPORATE/ADULT FIELD DAY CHALLENGEField Day isn’t for just kids!Eco-Themed Field Day will challenge corporate + adult teams in 10 different activities.  Pre-registration required.APRIL 26 & 27ART COMPETITIONThe theme of 2019 Earth Day is “Species Preservation”. We are seeking creative art work made from only recycled materials featuring your favorite animal. APRIL…

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