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

May 2021

May 2021

May 2021What a difference a year makes! Last May we were quarantined at home trying to figure out how to navigate an uncertain world and an unknown virus. Graduations were canceled. People were laid off. Businesses, schools, and even the outdoors were closed. This...

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April 2021

April 2021

April 2021 This year, April brings hope and a lot of programs! With COVID cases continuing to decline and vaccinations on the rise, there's hope that COVID is no longer a major threat to our community, and with that in mind, we feel confident offering outdoor programs...

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March 2021

March 2021

March 2021 The arrival of March offers some light at the end of the long winter tunnel. It's the month we gladly give up an hour of sleep for Daylight Savings and welcome the beginning of Spring. Along with the promise of longer days and warmer weather, March kicks...

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May 2021

NPS Kayak Tour of Lookout Creek

May 8 @ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park in partnership with Outdoor Chattanooga for a free, 3-hour, guided kayak tour on Lookout Creek and the Tennessee River as a National Park Ranger provides a historical narrative of Lookout Mountain and Moccasin Bend. The National Park Partners sponsor these free events to give visitors the opportunity to learn about the rich Civil War and American Indian history associated with Lookout Mountain and Moccasin Bend while exploring Chattanooga's waterways.All the kayak equipment is…

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Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

May 10 @ 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

May 10 @ 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 Commuting 101 – Learn to “drive” your bicycle in traffic

May 11 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn the rules of the road and riding techniques to be a confident and predictable bicycle commuter.Free Classroom-based instruction followed by a practice ride.Registration required in advance. 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 16 and older (when accompanied by an adult).All…

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Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Skills Class

May 12 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn to whitewater kayak with Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Program. This dynamic program provides formal and equipped kayak instruction to beginner and seasoned kayakers and aims to teach you how to safely and comfortably paddle up to class III whitewater. Our instructors have years of experience teaching and are nationally certified. Attend an Introduction to Kayaking Skills Class to learn essential skills and safe paddling techniques in the calm waters of the lake or pool. These classes are offered regularly throughout…

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