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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 the Staff

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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 Loveless joined Outdoor Chattanooga in 2014 as a Recreation Specialist. Originally from Kansas, she fell in love with Chattanooga and discovered her passion for outdoor recreation while working as a raft guide on the Ocoee River. Majoring in Sociology, 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 for 7 years. In 2010, she was one of 45 women selected from across the country to represent Team USA in the first ever Women’s World Championship and won a gold medal. In 2016, Sunshine joined Outdoor Chattanooga full time as the Customer Relations Specialist. When she’s not in the office giving advice and promoting all the awesome outdoor activities available in Chattanooga, you’ll find her out having an adventure, paddle boarding on Chattanooga’s scenic waterways, mountain biking, hiking or camping with her family and pups. She truly 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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Riley Kurtts – Recreation Specialist

Riley joined the Outdoor Chattanooga Team in June of 2018. He’s from Mobile, Alabama and loves anything to do with water (salt or fresh)! Riley attended The University of Mississippi where he received a degree in parks & recreation management and then went on to The University of Texas at San Antonio and completed a master’s in higher education administration.  His background is in collegiate outdoor recreation and education and is excited to bring his experience to the City of Chattanooga. When he’s not leading trips for Outdoor Chattanooga, Riley’s out exploring Tennessee’s teeming landscape of hills and waterways.

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Email: info@outdoorchattanooga.com

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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 2018

Sunset/ Night Hike

October 17 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Explore the trails of Greenway Farms City Park by foot after dark on a free, guided hike provided by Outdoor Chattanooga. Please note you must register for this event in advance. Meeting location and other details are shared after successful registration. Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guides will lead you a 3-mile leisurely-paced hike starting at sunset and ending at twilight. By hiking at night we’re reducing our ability to use vision to navigate, which allows us to focus on our other…

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Pre-Trip Meeting – Camp & Kayak TN River Blueway

October 18 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St, Chattanooga, TN 37405, USA, 2 River St
Chattanooga, TN United States

Our mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting is Thursday, October 18th at 6pm at Outdoor Chattanooga in Coolidge Park. We'll discuss what you need, what you don't need and how to make the most of your trip! We will also issue free rental gear at this meeting to help you pack. * If you can't attend the Pre-Trip Meeting - and you've registered for this trip, please contact us ASAP at info@outdoorchattanooga.com. - - - Join Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guides for an overnight…

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Fireside: Outdoor Concert Series

October 18 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5051 Gann Store Rd, Hixson, TN 37343, USA, 5052 Gann Store Rd
Hixson, TN United States

Free Outdoor Concert Series At Greenway Farm Park Thursdays in October 7 p.m. — 9 p.m. Thanks to Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union for sponsoring this free, family friendly, outdoor music series hosted by Outdoor Chattanooga which gathers around a campfire at the City of Chattanooga’s Greenway Farm Park. All ages are invited to come out to unplug and enjoy an autumn evening in the park. Bring your blankets and chairs, marshmallow roasting stick and perhaps a picnic supper; then…

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Camp & Kayak TN River Blueway

October 20 - October 21
TN, United States TN United States

Join Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guides for an overnight kayak trip on the Tennessee River Blueway! Outdoor Chattanooga’s expert guides will lead this special two-day kayak trip through the spectacular Tennessee River Gorge. Paddle between the gorge’s 1000 foot walls and tent camp riverside under the stars in Tennessee’s “little Grand Canyon”. No experience is necessary to participate! Outdoor Chattanooga will provide everything you need to make your kayak expedition an enjoyable and relaxing adventure. Kayak camping is not all that…

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Full Moon Night Hike

October 24 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Explore the trails of Stringer's Ridge Park by foot after dark and under the light of the full moon on a free, guided hike provided by Outdoor Chattanooga. Please note we ask that you pre-register for this hike. Meeting location and other details are sent at registration. Approximately 3 miles round-trip, this leisurely paced hike will lead up to an overlook in hopes to get the best view of the full moon rising over the Scenic city's nighttime skyline and…

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