Established in 2004, Outdoor Chattanooga is a unique division of the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Economic and Community Development. Our role is to connect you with Chattanooga’s outdoor scene! There’s so much to see and do here that it can be a little overwhelming to find the right information on how to get outside and play. We’re here to help. Search this site by activity or location to find detailed information about the places to run, climb, paddle, hike, bike, and more, all within an hours drive of Chattanooga, that you can either do on your own or with local outfitters and guide services.

Our events calendar lists the special programs, workshops and guided tours that 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!

Adaptive Cycling

Through the use of adaptive cycling equipment, this program provides individuals with disabilities the ability to cycle along the beautiful Tennessee River.

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

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.


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.

Intro to Mountain Biking

Leave the asphalt behind and get in gear for the trails with Outdoor Chattanooga’s Intro to Mountain Biking Class.

Learn to Ride a Bike

Learn how to ride a bicycle or refresh your rusty skills with Outdoor Chattanooga’s experienced instructors.

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!

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.

Try Archery

These free indoor classes offer a hands on opportunity to learn more about the sport of archery.

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.


October 2018

October 2018

The arrival of fall weather in Chattanooga is the perfect season and reason to get the whole family outside! Whether you want to spend the weekend camping with the kids, go for a hike or a downriver paddle to observe fall foliage, or attend Fireside, a free,...

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September 2018

September 2018

As the ninth month of the year, September marks the beginning of autumn here in Chattanooga. As we transition from summer to fall, the weather is temperate and encourages more outdoor play. There are plenty of outdoor activities going on in Chattanooga this month and...

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August 2018

August 2018

August 2018 Last year in August, we were experiencing a unique astronomical phenomenon and totally solar eclipsing! This August, another rare event (not quite as rare as a total solar eclipse) is coming to the Chattanooga Region. Something we haven't seen in two...

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October 2018

Sunset/ Night Hike

October 17 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Explore the trails of Greenway Farms City Park by foot after dark on a free, guided hike provided by Outdoor Chattanooga. Please note you must register for this event in advance. Meeting location and other details are shared after successful registration. Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guides will lead you a 3-mile leisurely-paced hike starting at sunset and ending at twilight. By hiking at night we’re reducing our ability to use vision to navigate, which allows us to focus on our other…

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Pre-Trip Meeting – Camp & Kayak TN River Blueway

October 18 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St, Chattanooga, TN 37405, USA, 2 River St
Chattanooga, TN United States

Our mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting is Thursday, October 18th at 6pm at Outdoor Chattanooga in Coolidge Park. We'll discuss what you need, what you don't need and how to make the most of your trip! We will also issue free rental gear at this meeting to help you pack. * If you can't attend the Pre-Trip Meeting - and you've registered for this trip, please contact us ASAP at - - - Join Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guides for an overnight…

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Fireside: Outdoor Concert Series

October 18 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5051 Gann Store Rd, Hixson, TN 37343, USA, 5052 Gann Store Rd
Hixson, TN United States

Free Outdoor Concert Series At Greenway Farm Park Thursdays in October 7 p.m. — 9 p.m. Thanks to Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union for sponsoring this free, family friendly, outdoor music series hosted by Outdoor Chattanooga which gathers around a campfire at the City of Chattanooga’s Greenway Farm Park. All ages are invited to come out to unplug and enjoy an autumn evening in the park. Bring your blankets and chairs, marshmallow roasting stick and perhaps a picnic supper; then…

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Camp & Kayak TN River Blueway

October 20 - October 21
TN, United States TN United States

Join Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guides for an overnight kayak trip on the Tennessee River Blueway! Outdoor Chattanooga’s expert guides will lead this special two-day kayak trip through the spectacular Tennessee River Gorge. Paddle between the gorge’s 1000 foot walls and tent camp riverside under the stars in Tennessee’s “little Grand Canyon”. No experience is necessary to participate! Outdoor Chattanooga will provide everything you need to make your kayak expedition an enjoyable and relaxing adventure. Kayak camping is not all that…

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Full Moon Night Hike

October 24 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Explore the trails of Stringer's Ridge Park by foot after dark and under the light of the full moon on a free, guided hike provided by Outdoor Chattanooga. Please note we ask that you pre-register for this hike. Meeting location and other details are sent at registration. Approximately 3 miles round-trip, this leisurely paced hike will lead up to an overlook in hopes to get the best view of the full moon rising over the Scenic city's nighttime skyline and…

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