About Us

Established in 2004, Outdoor Chattanooga is a unique division of the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Economic and Community Development. Our mission is to make outdoor recreation an attractive, healthy, and distinguishing lifestyle for Chattanooga’s residents and visitors, which, in turn, will maintain and enhance the value of the region’s resources, and help grow the region’s economy.

Our role is to connect you with Chattanooga’s outdoor scene! There’s so much to see and do in the Scenic City, that it can be a little overwhelming finding 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.

You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities that you can do on your own or with local outfitters and guide services. Or, check out Our Programs and calendar of events for the special programs and events we offer throughout the year that are designed to introduce the public to a variety of outdoor activities and improve outdoor skills. You can also visit us at our LEED Gold certified facility in Coolidge Park, which contains two classrooms, a large central lobby with a traverse climbing wall and office space for our staff. Here you can pick up brochures and pick our brains about all the amazing outdoor spaces, places and activities that Chattanooga has to offer. The Bike Chattanooga station that sits in front of our building offers a car-free alternative and ‘wheelie’ fun way to see the City.

Meet Us

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Philip Grymes – Director of Outdoor Chattanooga

A native of Richmond Virginia, Philip Grymes moved to Chattanooga in 1996 to work in the recreation field as an outdoor experiential educator.  He received a B.S. in outdoor recreation from Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA and has worked in both the public and private sectors as an outdoor instructor and community event organizer.  Since joining Outdoor Chattanooga as the Executive director in 2006, Philip has relished the task of promoting Chattanooga and the surrounding area as an outdoor recreation destination.  Philip’s interests mirror his work; when away from the office he enjoys camping, hiking, hunting, cycling, paddling, and fishing with his wife Jenn and daughter Perrin.

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Terri Chapin – Program Coordinator

Terri Chapin joined Outdoor Chattanooga in 2010 as Outdoor Programs Coordinator.  She holds over 25 years of experience in teaching youth and adults a broad range of outdoor skills and has dedicated her career to adventure-based education. Terri built her love of the outdoors in the mountains and rivers in 27 states and 2 countries, specializing in whitewater kayaking where she literally cut her teeth leading whitewater river trips.  Inspired by the power of experiential education she earned a Master’s in Recreation Management and an undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Ohio University. When not in the office, Terri can be found mountain biking, kayaking or exploring the next adventure.

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Sunshine Loveless – Customer Relations Specialist

Sunshine joined Outdoor Chattanooga in 2014 as a Recreation Specialist. Originally from Kansas, she fell in love with Chattanooga and discovered her passion for the outdoors while working as a raft guide on the Ocoee River. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Maryville College and went on to serve as a caseworker with the Department of Children’s Services for 9 years. During that time, Sunshine played women’s full contact football with the Chattanooga Locomotion, and in 2010, she won a gold medal with Team USA in the first ever Women’s World Championship! She joined Outdoor Chattanooga full time as the Customer Relations Specialist in 2016. When she’s not in the office giving advice and promoting all the awesome outdoor activities available in Chattanooga, she’s out having an adventure of her own. She loves mountain biking, paddle boarding, hiking, and camping. She believes she has the best job ever in the Best Town Ever!

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James Eubank – Recreation Specialist

James grew up jumping BMX bikes and biking narrow highways in west Tennessee. He moved to Chattanooga to attend UTC, where he earned his degree in Sport and Leisure Administration with a concentration in Outdoor Recreation. After moving to Chattanooga, he invested in his first mountain bike and fell in love with the trails at Raccoon. He also discovered and came to appreciate the world-class rock climbing areas, the scenic whitewater rivers and creeks, remote camping spots, miles of hiking trails, and, of course, all the amazing people in Chattanooga that inspire others to play outside. James sought a career and lifestyle that feeds his love of outdoor recreation and impacts people the same way its impacted him by joining Outdoor Chattanooga in 2012 as a Recreation Specialist.

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Cole Henderson – Recreation Program Specialist

Cole grew up in Cleveland, Tennessee near the foothills of Chilhowee and Big Frog mountains where his family spent time backpacking and canoeing. Cole’s dad was an avid canoeist, which inspired Cole’s passion for the outdoors and whitewater kayaking. In 2012, Cole moved to Chattanooga to attend UTC, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and spent two summers working for Outdoor Chattanooga as a Recreation Specialist. After graduation, Cole worked for a couple of small businesses in Chattanooga while pursuing Class V expeditions on new rivers out west and abroad; from waterfalls in Mexico to big slides in Colorado. He’s also competed in whitewater races. Cole’s travels made him seek a career in the outdoor industry and he’s excited to be back at Outdoor Chattanooga full-time as the Recreation Program Specialist. 

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Phone: (423) 643-6888

Email: info@outdoorchattanooga.com

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Our Partners

So much of what we do wouldn’t be possible without the support of our partners.

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Outdoor Chattanooga is a unique division of the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Economic and Community Development. Established in 2004, our mission is to make outdoor recreation an attractive, healthy, and distinguishing lifestyle for Chattanooga’s residents and visitors, which, in turn, will maintain and enhance the value of the region’s resources, and help grow the region’s economy.
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Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga, Inc., was incorporated in December 2007, and designated as a 501(c)3 charitable organization to support the City of Chattanooga’s Outdoor Chattanooga division with its mission. Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga is a volunteer run organization that relies completely on the financial support of private citizens, grant funding agencies and the business community. Specifically, Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga works to preserve, protect and promote outdoor recreation opportunities through education, activities and events.

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October 2020

Spooktacular Sunset Canoe Tour

October 28 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped Sunset Canoe Tour on North Chickamauga Creek. Guides will lead you on a family-friendly, leisurely paced paddle along the peaceful creek to view wildlife as the sunsets. Prior to departure, you'll receive basic paddling instruction, water safety information and be properly outfitted in a lifejacket and canoe.Cost is $10 per person which includes guides on the water and all the canoe equipment (tandem canoe, paddles, lifejackets, and lights). This sunset canoe tour…

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November 2020

Learn to Ride a Bike!

November 2 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Our Learn to Ride a Bike Classes are the best and fastest way to learn to ride a bike!Does teaching your child how to ride a bike without training wheels end in frustration and tears? Are you an adult who's dreamed of riding a bike but can’t keep your balance or feel intimidated to try on your own? Let our League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors teach you how to ride a bike using the gliding technique. With this simple and effective…

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Location Changed/Grotto Meeting

November 2 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Check with the Chattanooga Grotto.  This monthly meeting will not be held at Outdoor Chattanooga._______________________________________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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Intro to Mountain Biking: Guided Trail Ride

Mountain biking is a fun way to exercise and connect with nature. If you're curious about leaving the asphalt behind and gearing up for the trails, this Intro to Mountain Biking Guided Trail Ride is designed for you! Take your riding even further by taking the skills you learned in the Fundamentals Class out onto the trail with our experienced instructors. They'll guide you on a group ride allowing time for skills demonstration and practice on singletrack trails. Even though…

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Postponed: Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

November 9 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St
Chattanooga, TN United States

Learn how to ride a bicycle in as little as one class, or come see us to refresh your rusty skills.Classes offered the 2nd Monday each month.Cost: FreePre-registration required as space is limited. Register Here.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…

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