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Our Response to COVID-19

 Our primary mission is to connect residents and tourists with Chattanooga’s outdoor scene. Unfortunately, due to the impact of COVID-19, we are temporarily adjusting how and what it means to experience the outdoors in Chattanooga. For now, all of our programs and group activities are suspended until further notice to adhere to the social distancing recommendations of the CDC and the City of Chattanooga.

We believe the outdoors can be a place of solace and serenity while offering opportunities for reflection, recreation and a connection with nature – all important elements of staying healthy during a health crisis. While we all adhere to shelter in place orders, practice social distancing and do our part to prevent the spread of the virus, we’ve compiled a list of park and public spaces closures, along with resources, ideas, and activities for how you can still experience the great outdoors in the greater Chattanooga region, safely and responsibly.

Updates/Information on closures of Parks and Public Spaces

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We know this is an uncertain time and people have lots of questions. Feel free to reach out to us. We can’t promise that we’ll have the answers but we’ll do our best to provide you with helpful information and resources.     Contact Outdoor Chattanooga>

Outdoor Recreation + Self Guided Tours During COVID-19

Chattanooga has plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure and going outside to recreate is a great way to maintain physical and mental well-being during this time of uncertainty, as long as you practice smart social distancing and adhere to shelter in place orders. When you go outside, avoid group activities, keep six feet away from others you encounter, stay home if you are feeling sick and wash your hands frequently.

If you’re going out for a walk, run, or ride, we’d like to encourage you to use free tools like STRAVA, MapMyWalk, MTB Project, and Trailforks so that you can track your route and share it with others! It’s a fun way to encourage group participation while still adhering to social distancing.

**Please note that most campgrounds, restrooms, public day-use areas, beaches, and recreational sites like boat ramps and fishing piers are closed (check the list provided on this page) so you can plan accordingly and practice Leave No Trace Principles and recommendations for going outside during COVID-19.

Ideas and resources for getting outside and coping with COVID-19:

Outdoor Chattanooga’s newsletter highlights the awesome outdoor activities happening in and around Chattanooga that will connect you to the outdoors and inspire you to come out and play with us! 

May 2020

May 2020

May 2020 As we continue to navigate the world of social distancing and virtual programming, our May Newsletter looks a little different. The community events and activities we typically highlight have been replaced with virtual programs, advice on how to experience...

April 2020

April 2020

April 2020 Our primary mission is to connect residents and tourists with Chattanooga's outdoor scene. Unfortunately, due to the impact of COVID-19, we are temporarily adjusting how and what it means to experience the outdoors in Chattanooga. For now, all of our public...

Job Openings

Job Openings

Job PostingIf outdoor recreation is your passion and getting paid to play outside sounds like a dream job then you're in luck! We're hiring outdoor trip leaders for the upcoming season to help us lead a variety of outdoor programs. Qualified candidates must be at...

March 2020

March 2020

March 2020Are you ready to March into Spring? We are and we're seeking qualified candidates to work with us this summer! If your idea of a dream job is to get paid to play outside, then you should apply for the Outdoor Trip Leader - Seasonal positions that are open...

February 2020

February 2020

February 2020 Nooga Today recently asked their readers what they're concerned about and one of the most common responses was litter in Chattanooga.  Whether it comes in the form of discarded waste on our city streets, waterways or local...

January 2020

January 2020

January 2020Happy New Year Chattanooga! As we say goodbye to 2019, we're looking forward to new adventures in the new year! What's on your outdoor adventure bucket list in 2020? Our January Newsletter is full of outdoor activities that will inspire you to get outside...

December 2019

December 2019

December 2019Seasons Greetings and Good Tidings to All! Jolly Old Saint Nick is a busy man this time of year, yet he still finds time to delight children with his infectious laugh and Christmas spirit right here in Chattanooga. What better way to celebrate the 12 days...

November 2019

November 2019

November 2019It's that incredible time of year again where mother nature paints herself vivid shades of orange, red, and yellow and offers up cool breezes to make the colors dance and shake until the leaves break free from the clutches of their branches and drift to...

October 2019

October 2019

October 2019After the never-ending summer-like heat wave we experienced all through September, we're hoping October finally brings some cooler weather to Chattanooga! Along with a reprieve to the heat and some colorful fall foliage, October also brings a full schedule...

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June 2020

Postponed/Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

June 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 staff and the Collegedale Police Dept./ Bicycle-Pedestrian Coordinator, provide the bicycle safety education and lead group rides for road skills and route practice. This program welcomes volunteers for ride support! Contact Outdoor Chattanooga for more information. https://onmyown2feetsite.wordpress.com/

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Location change this date: Grotto Meeting

June 1 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St
Chattanooga, TN United States

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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Postponed/Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Skills Class

June 3 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Chester Frost Park, 2277 Gold Point Cir N
Hixson, TN United States

This program is postponed until further notice due to Covid-19.Learn to whitewater kayak with us! Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Program provides formal and equipped kayak instruction for beginning and seasoned kayakers.To begin, participants should attend an Introduction to Kayaking Class to learn essential skills and safe paddling techniques in the calm waters of the lake or pool. These classes are offered regularly throughout the year and can be joined anytime. Instruction is provided in a group setting with the emphasis…

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Cancelled/Postponed: Cumberland Trail Guided Hike – National Trails Day Event

June 6 @ 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Join Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guide staff for a guided hike on the scenic Cumberland Trail. This is one of nine different short section hikes (4-6 miles each) on the Cumberland Trail being offered as part of our Cumberland Trail Hiking Series. The series begins on January 12 and concludes December 6, 2020, with most hikes being offered on Sunday mornings with the exception of one Saturday that falls on National Trails Day (June 6). (See full schedule below)The Cumberland Trail is known for…

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Postponed until July: Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

June 8 @ 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 staff and the Collegedale Police Dept./ Bicycle-Pedestrian Coordinator, provide the bicycle safety education and lead group rides for road skills and route practice. This program welcomes volunteers for ride support! Contact Outdoor Chattanooga for more information. https://onmyown2feetsite.wordpress.com/

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