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

February 2019

February 2019

This month's local adventure is inspired in part by the Times Free Press article regarding Southeast Cave Conservancy Inc's (SCCi) recent land acquisition in North Georgia. The donated property on Lookout Mountain extending into Johnson's Crook in Dade County, Georgia...

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January 2019

January 2019

January is the peak of the annual Sandhill Crane Migration when thousands of these beautiful birds converge on the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Birchwood, TN, just an hour from Chattanooga. If you haven't seen these elegant creatures in person, you should make it a New...

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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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February 2019

Winter Workshop: Fishing Secrets

February 28 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Outdoor Chattanooga's Winter Workshops are a series of classroom-based, outdoor education and skill-building workshops that cover a variety of outdoor topics. They are free and open to all ages. No reservations or experience required to attend. Workshops occur on Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 PM, January 10 through February 28, 2019, at Outdoor Chattanooga Center, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park.February 28 - Fishing SecretsLearn techniques from local expert, Capt. Richard Simms, a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and owner/guide of Scenic City…

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March 2019

Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon Weekend

March 2 - March 3
Chattanooga, TN, USA United States

This 26.2 mile course will provide a great experience for the first-time or experienced marathon runner by providing a safe course with plenty of well stocked aid stations, great spectator support, and an amazing finish line experience. SATURDAY Schedule7:00AM – 8:30AMRegistration and packet pick-up for Classic 150 5K9:00AM - 10:00AMClassic 150 5K from First Tennessee Pavilion (1 hour time limit)9:00AM - 5:00PMExpo / Packet Pickup / Registration if available (First Tennessee Pavilion)10:00AMClassic 150 5K Awards (No shipping of awards)11:00AMKids Race (1…

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Chattanooga Marathon

March 3
Chattanooga, TN, USA United States

The marathon course was designed by a passionate group of local distance runners to be first and foremost, a great run course. This 26.2 mile course will provide a great experience for the first-time or experienced marathon runner by providing a safe course with plenty of well stocked aid stations, great spectator support, and an amazing finish line experience. We are proud to showcase Chattanooga with this route that will surely be one to remember! Approximate elevation gain is 1200…

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Grotto Meeting

March 4 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Chattanooga Grotto Club holds their monthly club meeting at Outdoor Chattanooga. This is free and open to the public. The Chattanooga Grotto Club is a nonprofit member-supported organization that promotes a program of caving adventures to outdoor enthusiasts of all social and economic backgrounds and of all skill levels. For more information call Club President, Tripp Lichtefeld at 423-883-2141 or email beertripp@hotmail.com

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Rapid Learning Intro to Kayaking and Skills Practice- Winter Classes

March 5 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Learn to whitewater kayak starting anytime of the year with Rapid Learning Whitewater Program. You will begin in the Rapid Learning program with this class, Intro to Kayaking and Skills Practice--which is the first step in your committment to learning this sport and building and maintaining the essential skills. Outdoor Chattanooga’s Rapid Learning program offers formal instruction in the exciting sport of whitewater kayaking. ACA certified staff provide the instruction necessary to get started in this exciting sport. Equipment is…

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