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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped Sunset Canoe Tour on North Chickamauga Creek. Guides will lead you on a leisurely paced paddle along the peaceful creek to view wildlife as the sun sets and into twilight. 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…Find out more »
Join Outdoor Chattanooga and the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute for a double adventure. The first half of the morning is a guided kayak tour to bring paddlers closer to the local river environment and concluding at the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute. Instructors from Outdoor Chattanooga will provide instruction and kayaking equipment for our scenic paddle from Baylor School down to Suck Creek. TNACI's naturalist will accompany the tour providing interpretive information. Following the paddle guests will tour the Conservation Institute…Find out more »
Join Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga for this free, leisurely paced bicycle tour through Chickamauga Battlefield. National Park Service rangers provide recounts of the history of the battlefield during frequent stops, while Outdoor Chattanooga staff and volunteers provide ride support. Loaner bicycles from the Outdoor Chattanooga Mobile Bicycle Fleet are available for riders five feet tall and over at no charge, thanks to sponsorship from the National Park Partners and the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga. Reservations…Find out more »