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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 2019

Did you know that May is National Bike Month? To celebrate, organizations across Chattanooga are hosting events to encourage bicycling as a fun, healthy way to get around town and enjoy the Scenic City. We've highlighted all the cycling events and activities happening...

April 2019

Spring is in the air and we're itching to get outside and play! We've searched high and low for all the outdoor activities happening in and around Chattanooga this month and put them in our April Newsletter to inspire you to get outside play too. From Spring Festivals...

March 2019

Our March Newsletter focuses on family-friendly outdoor activities happening in and around Chattanooga during Hamilton County's Spring Break to encourage a fun-filled staycation in the Scenic City that the whole family can enjoy!

February 2019

This month's local adventure is inspired in part by the Times Free Press article regarding Southeast Cave Conservancy Inc's (SCCi) recent land acquisition in North Georgia. The donated property on Lookout Mountain extending into Johnson's Crook in Dade County, Georgia...

January 2019

January is the peak of the annual Sandhill Crane Migration when thousands of these beautiful birds converge on the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Birchwood, TN, just an hour from Chattanooga. If you haven't seen these elegant creatures in person, you should make it a New...

December 2018

We're chasing winter waterfalls and a magical moonbow in our December newsletter. Have you ever heard of or seen a moonbow? A moonbow is a rainbow produced by moonlight from the mist of a waterfall rather than sunlight. Moonbows are fainter than solar rainbows due to...

November 2018

Don't put the camping gear up just yet. It's still fall in Chattanooga and it's a fantastic time to get out and spend a weekend in the woods. Go hiking and camping, or better yet, blend the two and try backpacking! Backpacking may seem like an activity reserved for...

October 2018

The arrival of fall weather in Chattanooga is the perfect season and reason to get the whole family outside! Whether you want to spend the weekend camping with the kids, go for a hike or a downriver paddle to observe fall foliage, or attend Fireside, a free,...

September 2018

As the ninth month of the year, September marks the beginning of autumn here in Chattanooga. As we transition from summer to fall, the weather is temperate and encourages more outdoor play. There are plenty of outdoor activities going on in Chattanooga this month and...

August 2018

August 2018 Last year in August, we were experiencing a unique astronomical phenomenon and totally solar eclipsing! This August, another rare event (not quite as rare as a total solar eclipse) is coming to the Chattanooga Region. Something we haven't seen in two...

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May 2019

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

May 27 @ 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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Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

May 29 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn to whitewater kayak!!!! Outdoor Chattanooga offers the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program, providing formal and equipped kayak instruction for beginning and seasoned kayakers. To begin, participants attend the Introduction to Kayaking & Roll Class to learn learn essential skills and safe paddling techniques in the calm waters of the lake or pool. These classes are offered reguarly throughout the year and can be joined anytime. Instruction is provided in a group setting with the emphasis on building skills according to…

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Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

May 29 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn how to whitewater kayak with Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Program!! This dynamic program provides formal and equipped kayak instruction for beginner and seasoned kayakers to learn and develop the skills necessary to safely and confidently paddle whitewater streams. Start the program any time of year by attending an introduction to kayak skills class to learn essential skills and safe paddling techniques in the calm waters of the lake or pool. Instruction is provided in a group setting with an…

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TVCC Paddle School/ assistance by Rapid Learning Whitewater Program

May 31 - June 2

TVCC Paddle School 2019 The Tennessee Valley Canoe Club offers "Paddle School" providing two day course instruction in beginner to advanced levels for both whitewater and flatwater paddling. Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Kayak Program brings equipment and expert staff to assist TVCC by teaching beginner kayak classes with paddle school. Together, these programs dovetail services to offer the community quality instruction in learning to paddle whitewater. Course Options Kid’s Club • Whitewater Kayak • Whitewater Canoe • Tandem Whitewater…

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June 2019

Chattanooga RAT RACE 2019 /Open Water Swim

June 1 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The 13th Annual Chattanooga Rat Race takes place June 1, 2019.  Distances of 2.4 and 4.5 miles will be held in the Tennessee River and both races are downstream.The 4.5 mile race starts from Rivermont Park at 8:00 a.m.The 2.4 mile race starts by the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club at 8:30 a.m. Both races finish under the Market Street Bridge. Buses will transport swimmers from Outdoor Chattanooga to the race start.For more information, registration, qualification, etc.https://chattanoogaswimfest.org/ 

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