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

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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October 2019

October 2019

October 2019After the never-ending summer-like heat wave we experienced all through September, we're hoping October finally brings some cooler weather to Chattanooga! Along with a reprieve to the heat and some colorful fall foliage, October also brings a full schedule...

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December 2019

Cumberland Trail Guided Hike

December 14 @ 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 9 different short section hikes (5-7 miles each) on the Cumberland Trail being offered as part of our Cumberland Trail Hiking Series. (See schedule below)The Cumberland Trail is known for its beauty, mountain streams, and remote setting. The single track trail is rated as moderately strenuous with significant elevation changes where hikers may need to high step over rocks, deadfall, and…

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ICL Comp #3 of 6 at Tennessee Bouldering Authority

December 14 @ 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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Traffic Skills 101 for Bike Commuting – Learn to “drive” your bicycle in traffic

December 16 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn the rules of the road and riding techniques to be a confident and predictable commuter.Class offered the 3rd Monday of each monthCost: FreePre-registration required. Register here.Our League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors will teach:-TN State and Chattanooga laws pertaining to bicycles-Lane positioning and changing-Signaling and scanning-Basic bicycle safety and helmet checkThe class will be followed by an optional practice ride (in good weather). Open to adults and kids ages 14 and older (when accompanied by an adult).All participants must…

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Chattanooga Bicycle Club – Monthly Meeting

December 16 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Chattanooga Bicycle Club Board Meeting. The Chattanooga Bicycle Club (CBC) was established in 1967 to encourage and promote bicycle riding and safety, and to foster good relationships between cyclists and motorists by demonstrating courtesy and respect for the law. CBC is a club for recreational cyclists and provides riding opportunities year round. CBC is a strong cycling advocate whose mission is to educate, promote and advocate bicycling for transportation, fitness and recreation. The club is affiliated with the League of…

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January 2020

Winter Workshop: Wayfinding Using a Map & Compass

January 8, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday Winter Workshop: Not all who wander are lost but those who are lost should know how to be found. We’ve become pretty dependent on smartphones for wayfinding, but what happens if the signal fails or the battery dies while you’re out on the trail? Knowing how to read a map and use a compass is an essential skill for anyone wandering in the woods. Learn the basics of how to navigate using the “old school” method of map and…

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