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

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.

News

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

Cumberland Trail Hike

October 27 @ 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Join Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guide staff for a one-way, mostly downhill guided hike on the scenic Cumberland Trail on Saturday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m. This is one of 12 different short section hikes (4-7 miles each) on the Cumberland Trail being offered as part of our Cumberland Trail Hiking Series. (See schedule below)The Cumberland Trail is known for its beauty, mountain streams and remote setting. The trail is single track, traveling mostly downhill (a couple short climbs) where hikers…

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