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

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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May 2019

May 2019

May 2019Did you know that May is National Bike Month? To celebrate, organizations across Chattanooga are hosting events to encourage bicycling as a fun, healthy way to get around town and enjoy the Scenic City. We've highlighted all the cycling events and activities...

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July 2019

Paddle Smart Chattanooga- Instructional Class

July 9 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have you purchased your own kayak/canoe/SUP, but lack the confidence to explore Chattanooga's scenic waterways safely? BYO-Boat (Bring Your Own kayak, SUP, or canoe) and join Outdoor Chattanooga for an intro to flatwater paddling course that will give you the confidence to safely and smartly paddle Chattanooga's scenic waterways! Paddle Smart Chattanooga classes are taught by Outdoor Chattanooga’s experienced paddling instructors. They'll share their knowledge and offer insight on the best ways to set up your boat, transporting your craft,…

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Paddle Smart Chattanooga- A Paddlesports Safety Class

July 9 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Have you recently purchased your own kayak/canoe/SUP, but lack the confidence to get out and explore Chattanooga's scenic waterways on your own? BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) and join Outdoor Chattanooga for an introduction to flatwater paddling course that will give you the confidence to safely and smartly paddle Chattanooga's scenic waterways! Paddle Smart Chattanooga classes are taught by Outdoor Chattanooga’s experienced paddling instructors who share their knowledge and offer insight on the best ways to set up your boat, transport…

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Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking and Skills Practice

July 10 @ 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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YFD Summer Camps Canoeing and Archery-City of Chattanooga

July 11 @ 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Youth and Family Development Department of the City of Chattanooga offers Summer Camps. Outdoor Chattanooga offers Canoeing- Archery- Nature Hikes as an experience for the centers that have registered their campers to participate. Stop by your local Chattanooga YFD Center to register for the most fun a kid can have for an entire summer for free. For more information, call Kim Battle at 423-643-6052

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Partner Program: Canoeing for TN Aqua Summer Camps

Partner Program with Tennessee Aquarium Outdoor Chattanooga guides canoe trips for the Tennessee Aquarium summer campers on Lookout Creek for camps meeting at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. Campers enjoy a leisurely paddling trip to experience canoeing and to motivate curiosity through challenge and play. See you on the water! https://www.tnaqua.org/events-programs/summer-camp/

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