Outdoor Chattanooga is a unique division of the City of Chattanooga’s Parks and Outdoors Department. Our mission is to connect you to Chattanooga’s vibrant 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 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!


August 2022

August 2022

Summer has flown by and we are already approaching fall! This month we are offering a ton of fun outdoor activities plus the inaugural Chattanooga Paddlefest! Read about this and more in the August 2022 Newsletter.   

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June 2022

June 2022

Summer is in full swing! We are excited to share fun programs all summer, from Rapid Learning sessions to music events to South Chickamauga Creek Greenway activations. Check out these activities and more in the June newsletter!

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May 2022

May 2022

This May, Outdoor Chattanooga is ramping up our programming and preparing for a long, fun-filled summer! From Intro to Mountain Biking to Learn to Skateboard, we are offering lots of ways to get out and enjoy the wonderful spring weather. Read about these programs as...

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August 2022

Partner Program: Kayak TN River Gorge with TRGT & TheH20Life

August 12 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Outdoor Chattanooga partners with Tennessee River Gorge Trust and The H20 Life to provide a beginner friendly guided and equipped kayak tour through the river gorge.  The Tennessee River Gorge Trust (TRGT) is a Chattanooga area land trust that serves as a leader in conservation, actively stewarding over 17,000 acres in the Tennessee River Gorge. The mission for the last 41 years has been "to preserve a healthy Tennessee River Gorge as a community treasure for generations." 

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Fundamentals of Mountain Biking | Level 1

August 13 @ 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

The FUNdamentals of Mountain BikingOutdoor Chattanooga offers the Introduction to Mountain Biking: Level 1 course designed for the novice or beginning rider who is looking to learn the fundamental skills for riding trails in a controlled setting.  This is a 2 hour course which utilizes an open field with small features to prepare you for riding on single track trails. Our PIMBA certified instructor teaches you using a format that can be structured to your pace and individual learning style.  The…

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Intro to Singletrack Mountain Biking | Level 2

August 13 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Take your mountain biking skills to the next level!  Outdoor Chattanooga’s Level 2  Introduction to Mountain Biking course will take the foundational skills taught in the Level 1 class as well as additional instruction to get you on single-track trails with confidence. The class utilizes various Chattanooga area trails appropriate to introduce new riders to the awesome singletrack biking available in our community.  This PIMBA-certified instructor led program teaches you using a format that can be structured to your pace and individual…

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Rapid Learning Whitewater River Class- Beginner

August 14 @ 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

This is a beginner class on class I-II moving water for participants in the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program who have attended an introduction class on the lake.The Rapid Learning Whitewater Program provides formal kayak instruction and guided practice for beginner paddlers to learn how to safely and comfortably paddle up to class III+ whitewater.River trips are offered in a small group setting with an emphasis on building skills according to the pace of each individual paddler. Our experienced instructors have…

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Adult Archery: Aim your Game!

August 16 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Adult Archery!  Aim your Game!Tuesdays 11 am - 12:30 pmCalling all adults 18+ who would like to join us indoors at Outdoor Chattanooga for target-style archery with games!Outdoor Chattanooga staff will provide all the equipment and instruction to facilitate friendly competition and camaraderie while playing fun trivia and target-style games. No previous experience or reservations are required to participate.Genesis compound bows are provided for all participants to use. The bows can be dialed to a low resistance to accommodate all…

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