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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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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Phone: (423) 643-6888

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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March 2019

Partner Program: Kayak instruction for Lee University

March 26 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Try Archery- Open Hours

March 27 @ 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Free indoor archery sessions provided by Outdoor Chattanooga Wednesdays in February and March from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Drop in anytime | First come - First shoot No experience or reservation required. Take aim at Outdoor Chattanooga's "Try Archery" class. This free indoor class offers a hands-on opportunity to learn more about the sport of archery. Concentrating on range safety rules and fundamentals of archery, the class is taught using the National Archery in Schools NASP equipment and procedures. The session is…

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April 2019

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

April 1 @ 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

On My Own 2 Wheels is a multi-tiered program designed to engage the homeless to become more physically active, learn safe bicycle transportation practices, and earn a bicycle. Participants are pre-registered and managed by Chattanooga Track Club and the Community Kitchen. Outdoor Chattanooga's staff provide the bicycle education and lead group rides for road skills and route practice. This program welcomes volunteers for ride support! Contact OC for more information. https://onmyown2feetsite.wordpress.com/

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Grotto Meeting

April 1 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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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Wildflower Walk in the Cherokee National Forest

April 6 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee 37727, USA, 101 Cherokee Trl United States

Experience nature's boundless beauty and picturesque paint strokes on a wildflower walk in the Cherokee National Forest with Outdoor Chattanooga and Botanist/Ecologist Mark Pistrang. Enjoy a family-friendly trek on relatively flat terrain to view and learn more about the wonderful wildflowers that dot the forested landscape. Easy for beginner hikers and little legs, the leisurely paced hike will lend time for photography, note taking and a short break to enjoy your own packed lunch/snack in the forest. Participants should come…

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Monday mornings are meant for brisk bike rides through bunkers and discovering a hidden lake at Enterprise South Nature Park! Thanks to those that joined us!
Tomorrow we cruise down Lookout Mountain on bikes! We have a few open spots on our guided Mountain to Town Downhill Bike Adventure that starts at the top of Lookout Mountain and ends in downtown Chattanooga. We provide bikes, helmets, transportation, and guides for only $25! Say yes to adventure and get registered before it's too late! #comeoutandplay #Chattanooga
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It's Spring Break in Hamilton County and the forecast is calling for blue skies and bike rides! Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a downhill bike ride from the top of lookout mountain to downtown Chattanooga! We provide bikes, helmets, and transportation for only $25. Same price if you use your own bike. Appropriate for ages 10+ and you must be a confident bike rider to participate. Call 423.643.6888 to learn more. Register online at outdoorchattanooga.com/programs/mountain-to-town/
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Happy St. Patrick's Day #Chattanooga! Did you take time to get outside and play on this beautiful sunny day? Show us in the comments! We went for a hike on a local trail with a furry friend and found a lucky four leaf clover along the way! 🍀 We're feeling the luck of the Irish! We hope you are too! #comeoutandplay #Chattanooga #happystpatricksday @ Chattanooga, Tennessee ...

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