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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. While we practice social distancing and do our part to prevent the spread of the virus to get through this uncertain time, 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, in a variety of ways. >>

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. While taking advantage of our fantastic local parks and trail systems, avoid group activities and keep six feet away from others you encounter.

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 many public day-use areas, restrooms, campgrounds, beaches, and recreational sites are closed (check the list provided on this page) so you 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! 

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...

September 2019

September 2019

September 2019 The month of September brings a cool breeze with a hint of fall in the air. Kids have returned to school, making weekend adventures more precious. We are looking forward to crisp fall nights, fall festivals and events, campfires and the 6th season of...

August 2019

August 2019

August 2019Our August 2019 Newsletter highlights all the outdoor and activities going on in and around Chattanooga that will inspire you to get out and play with us! This month we feature our Archers and Aces Adult Archery Program every Tuesday in August. We encourage...

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April 2020

Canceled: Grotto Meeting

April 6 @ 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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Cancelled: Fireside Outdoor Concerts Latino Nights at Tatum Park

April 9 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tatum Park, 1606 Bailey Ave
Chattanooga, TN United States

*****With growing concerns related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the city is taking precautions and implementing strategies recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread and lessen the impact of COVID-19 on the Greater Chattanooga area. As a division of the City, we are suspending all public programs and events until further notice. We make this decision with a heavy heart and the safety of our community in mind.If you have additional questions about the cancellations, please call us at 423-643-6888…

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Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

April 13 @ 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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Cancelled: Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

April 13 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St
Chattanooga, TN United States

*****With growing concerns related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the city is taking precautions and implementing strategies recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread and lessen the impact of COVID-19 on the Greater Chattanooga area. As a division of the City, we are suspending all public programs and events until further notice. We make this decision with a heavy heart and the safety of our community in mind.If you have additional questions about the cancellations, please call us at 423-643-6888…

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Cancelled: Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

April 13 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St
Chattanooga, TN United States

*****With growing concerns related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the city is taking precautions and implementing strategies recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread and lessen the impact of COVID-19 on the Greater Chattanooga area. As a division of the City, we are suspending all public programs and events until further notice. We make this decision with a heavy heart and the safety of our community in mind.If you have additional questions about the cancellations, please call us at 423-643-6888…

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