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

August 2019

August 2019

August 2019Our August 2019 Newsletter highlights all the outdoor and activities going on in and around Chattanooga that will inspire you to get out and play with us! This month we feature our Archers and Aces Adult Archery Program every Tuesday in August. We encourage...

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July 2019

July 2019

July 2019July is here and the summer heat is in full force. Thankfully, water flows through the heart of Chattanooga! Whether you’re looking for whitewater thrills or seeking the quiet solitude of a backwater slough, this beautiful city offers multiple ways to indulge...

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June 2019

June 2019

June 2019Each year, the first Saturday in June is dedicated to connecting people to trails! Did you know that trails are for more than just hiking? They also provide access to waterways for paddling adventures, cliffs and boulders for climbers to ascend and...

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August 2019

Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking and Skills Practice

August 21 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn how to whitewater kayak with Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Program!! This dynamic program provides formal and equipped kayak instruction for beginner and seasoned kayakers to learn and develop the skills necessary to safely and confidently paddle whitewater streams. Start the program any time of year by attending an introduction to kayak skills class to learn essential skills and safe paddling techniques in the calm waters of the lake or pool. Instruction is provided in a group setting with an…

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Sunset Kayak Tour with TN River Gorge Trust

August 22 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Kayak through the Tennessee River Gorge with Outdoor Chattanooga and members of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. This leisurely paddle is beginner friendly and a wonderful way to experience the Gorge at sunset. Not to mention, participants will get to paddle an incredible section of river in Chattanooga’s own backyard with experienced guides. The paddle is 4.4 miles and roughly 2 hours on the water. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide kayaks, life jackets, and the shuttle back to the vehicles at…

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Historic Kayak and Walking Tours of Chattanooga with NPS

August 23 @ 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga are partnering to offer two FREE programs on Friday, August 23, 2019. The first program is a guided and equipped historical kayak tour around Maclellan Island beginning at 8:30 a.m. Then, at 11:00 am, a ranger will lead a 90-minute walking tour across Walnut Street Bridge, discussing the importance of Ross’s Landing. Both programs begin at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River Street in Coolidge Park.The kayak tour is made possible through the generosity…

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TWRA Hunter Education Field Day

August 24 @ 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
200 River St, Chattanooga, TN 37405, USA, 200 River St United States

Outdoor Chattanooga will host a Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) Hunter Education Field day with instructor Philip Grymes. Students must be over the age of 9 years old to participate. Students must pass the online portion of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Hunting education course before registering and attending this field day. Important! Bring your Online Component Completion Certificate to the Field Day as proof of having completed the online course. Warning! Passing the online course does not guarantee you…

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Rapid Learning RIVER/ Whitewater Kayak Instruction

August 25 @ 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

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. This two-day instructional river trip is intended for beginner to intermediate paddlers who want an immersive whitewater kayaking experience in a small group setting to practice whitewater kayak skills on class II-III whitewater on the Tuckasege River. River trips are offered in a small group setting with an emphasis on building skills…

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