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

February 2021

February 2021

February 2021 February is Black History Month, a time to recognize the achievements of local black heroes and heroines. We invite you to celebrate by visiting one of the parks and outdoor spaces that highlights and honors black history, is named after influential...

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January 2021

January 2021

January 2021 January is the peak of the annual Sandhill Crane Migration when thousands of these beautiful birds converge on the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Birchwood, Tennessee, just an hour from Chattanooga. If you haven't witnessed these elegant creatures in person,...

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December 2020

December 2020

December 2020 Tis the season for holiday cheer, making spirits bright, and gift-giving but with COVID lingering longer than anyone would like, the holiday season is going to be different this year. We're offering up some non-traditional gift-giving ideas in this...

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March 2021

Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

March 8 @ 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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Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

March 8 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 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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Bike Maintenance 101 – Virtual Workshop

March 9 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Outdoor Chattanooga will host a series of virtual workshops covering a variety of outdoor topics this winter. Workshop topics include hiking, fishing, backpacking, wilderness survival skills, camp cooking, and bike maintenance. Workshops occur bi-weekly from January 12 through March 23, 2021, from 7:00-8:00 PM EST online. These virtual workshops are free and open to all ages. No experience required. Online reservations are required to attend. March 9: Bike Maintenance 101Demystify your bike and learn the essentials of bicycle repair and maintenance in this…

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Chattanooga Classic Hike Series Family-Friendly “Bigfoot” Hike

March 13 @ 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

There have been whispers of a Bigfoot sighting on Signal Mountain! Outdoor Chattanooga is curious and recruiting brave adventurers to embark on a 2.2-mile round-trip guided hike to Mushroom Rock to search for clues and hopefully find the mysterious Bigfoot! Why Mushroom Rock? Because it looks like something Bigfoot built and the perfect place to look. Whether you're a believer or a skeptic, this family-friendly walk in the woods will ignite your imagination and inspire exploration. Appropriate for ages 5 and up with a participating adult. Cost:…

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Chattanooga Classic Guided Hike Series: Stringers Ridge

March 16 @ 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM

Explore the trails of Stringer's Ridge Park by foot as the sunsets and finishing into twilight on a free, guided hike provided by Outdoor Chattanooga. Please note you must register for this event and the meeting location and other details are shared at this time. Approximately 3 miles round-trip, this leisurely paced hike will lead up to an overlook in hopes to get the best view of the Scenic city's skyline and shimmering lights. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and clothes…

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