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.

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

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.

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 2018

December 2018

We're chasing winter waterfalls and a magical moonbow in our December newsletter. Have you ever heard of or seen a moonbow? A moonbow is a rainbow produced by moonlight from the mist of a waterfall rather than sunlight. Moonbows are fainter than solar rainbows due to...

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November 2018

November 2018

Don't put the camping gear up just yet. It's still fall in Chattanooga and it's a fantastic time to get out and spend a weekend in the woods. Go hiking and camping, or better yet, blend the two and try backpacking! Backpacking may seem like an activity reserved for...

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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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December 2018

Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

December 10 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Learn how to ride a bicycle in as little as one class, or come see us to refresh your rusty skills. Through simple, bicycling drills, Outdoor Chattanooga's League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors will teach you: -Balance, starting, stopping and pedaling -Bicycle fit and seating position -How gears and brakes work -Types of bicycles -Parts of the bicycle as basic maintenance -Helmet fit and safety checks -Rules for sidewalk, greenway and beginner road riding -Roadway signage and hand signaling The…

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Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

December 10 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Learn how to ride a bicycle in as little as one class, or come see us to refresh your rusty skills. Through simple, bicycling drills, Outdoor Chattanooga's League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors will teach you: -Balance, starting, stopping and pedaling -Bicycle fit and seating position -How gears and brakes work -Types of bicycles -Parts of the bicycle as basic maintenance -Helmet fit and safety checks -Rules for sidewalk, greenway and beginner road riding -Roadway signage and hand signaling The…

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#3 Interscholastic Climbing League: Meet 3 / 6 TBA

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SOLD OUT: Kayak Tour to view Sandhill Cranes

December 15 @ 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped kayaking tour around the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge to view the migrating populations of the Sandhill Crane. The group will kayak around the perimeter of the 400-acre Hiwassee Island with Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guides. The wildlife refuge area attracts a variety of birds due to its combination of cultivated, forested and interior wetlands. During the winter, migrating waterfowl, as many as between 15,000 and 20,000 cranes have been known to overwinter on Hiwassee…

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

December 17 @ 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 month Cost: Free 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 check Class will be followed by an optional practice ride (in good weather). Open to adults and kids ages 14 and older (when accompanied by…

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