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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 some campgrounds, restrooms, public day-use areas, beaches, and playgrounds 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! 

July 2020

July 2020

July 2020 The humid southern heat has officially arrived in Chattanooga, but with COVID-19 forcing many local swimming pools to remain closed this summer, you're likely looking for alternatives to beat the heat. Here's our list of natural blue holes and swim beaches...

June 2020

June 2020

June 2020 As we continue to navigate the world of social distancing and virtual programming, our newsletter looks a little different. The community events and activities we typically highlight have been replaced with virtual programs, along with status updates about...

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...

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August 2020

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

August 10 @ 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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Postponed until further notice: Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

August 10 @ 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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Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

August 10 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St
Chattanooga, TN United States

Learn how to ride a bicycle in as little as one class, or come see us to refresh your rusty skills.Classes offered the 2nd Monday each month.Cost: FreePre-registration required as space is limited. Register Here.Through simple, bicycling drills, Outdoor Chattanooga's League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors will teach you:-Balance, starting, stopping and pedaling-Bicycle fit and seating position-How gears and brakes work-Types of bicycles-Parts of the bicycle as basic maintenance-Helmet fit and safety checks-Rules for sidewalk, greenway and beginner road riding-Roadway…

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Postponed: Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

August 10 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St
Chattanooga, TN United States

Learn how to ride a bicycle in as little as one class, or come see us to refresh your rusty skills.Classes offered the 2nd Monday each month.Cost: FreePre-registration required as space is limited. Register Here.Through simple, bicycling drills, Outdoor Chattanooga's League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors will teach you:-Balance, starting, stopping and pedaling-Bicycle fit and seating position-How gears and brakes work-Types of bicycles-Parts of the bicycle as basic maintenance-Helmet fit and safety checks-Rules for sidewalk, greenway and beginner road riding-Roadway…

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Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

August 10 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St
Chattanooga, TN United States

Learn how to ride a bicycle in as little as one class, or come see us to refresh your rusty skills.Classes offered the 2nd Monday each month.Cost: FreePre-registration required as space is limited. Register here.Through simple, bicycling drills, Outdoor Chattanooga's League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors will teach you:-Balance, starting, stopping and pedaling-Bicycle fit and seating position-How gears and brakes work-Types of bicycles-Parts of the bicycle as basic maintenance-Helmet fit and safety checks-Rules for sidewalk, greenway and beginner road riding-Roadway…

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