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!

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May 2020

May 2020

May 2020 As we continue to navigate the world of social distancing and virtual programming, our May Newsletter looks a little different. The community events and activities we typically highlight have been replaced with virtual programs, advice on how to experience...

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April 2020

April 2020

April 2020 Our primary mission is to connect residents and tourists with Chattanooga's outdoor scene. Unfortunately, due to the impact of COVID-19, we are temporarily adjusting how and what it means to experience the outdoors in Chattanooga. For now, all of our public...

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June 2020

Postponed/Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

June 1 @ 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 staff and the Collegedale Police Dept./ Bicycle-Pedestrian Coordinator, provide the bicycle safety education and lead group rides for road skills and route practice. This program welcomes volunteers for ride support! Contact Outdoor Chattanooga for more information. https://onmyown2feetsite.wordpress.com/

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Location change this date: Grotto Meeting

June 1 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St
Chattanooga, TN United States

The Chattanooga Grotto Club holds their monthly club meeting at Outdoor Chattanooga. This is free and open to the public.The Chattanooga Grotto Club is a nonprofit member-supported organization that promotes a program of caving adventures to outdoor enthusiasts of all social and economic backgrounds and of all skill levels. For more information call Club President, Tripp Lichtefeld at 423-883-2141 or email beertripp@hotmail.com

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Postponed/Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Skills Class

June 3 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Chester Frost Park, 2277 Gold Point Cir N
Hixson, TN United States

This program is postponed until further notice due to Covid-19.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 safe paddling techniques in the calm waters of the lake or pool. These classes are offered regularly throughout the year and can be joined anytime. Instruction is provided in a group setting with the emphasis…

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Cancelled/Postponed: Cumberland Trail Guided Hike – National Trails Day Event

June 6 @ 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Join Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guide staff for a guided hike on the scenic Cumberland Trail. This is one of nine different short section hikes (4-6 miles each) on the Cumberland Trail being offered as part of our Cumberland Trail Hiking Series. The series begins on January 12 and concludes December 6, 2020, with most hikes being offered on Sunday mornings with the exception of one Saturday that falls on National Trails Day (June 6). (See full schedule below)The Cumberland Trail is known for…

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Postponed until July: Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

June 8 @ 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 staff and the Collegedale Police Dept./ Bicycle-Pedestrian Coordinator, provide the bicycle safety education and lead group rides for road skills and route practice. This program welcomes volunteers for ride support! Contact Outdoor Chattanooga for more information. https://onmyown2feetsite.wordpress.com/

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