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Our Response to COVID-19

Our primary mission is to connect residents and tourists with Chattanooga’s outdoor scene. Due to the impact of COVID-19, we had to temporarily adjust how and what it means to experience the outdoors in Chattanooga. We are slowly resuming our regular programs and guided tours while continuing to adhere to the social distancing recommendations of the CDC and the City of Chattanooga, while also complying with the Hamilton County Mask mandate.

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 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 Parks and Public Spaces Closures

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We know these are uncertain times 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 mask mandates. When you go outside,   avoid group activities, keep six feet away from others, 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! 

January 2021

January 2021

January 2021 January is the peak of the annual Sandhill Crane Migration when thousands of these beautiful birds converge on the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Birchwood, Tennessee, just an hour from Chattanooga. If you haven't witnessed these elegant creatures in person,...

December 2020

December 2020

December 2020 Tis the season for holiday cheer, making spirits bright, and gift-giving but with COVID lingering longer than anyone would like, the holiday season is going to be different this year. We're offering up some non-traditional gift-giving ideas in this...

November 2020

November 2020

November 2020This has been a tough year y'all, and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight! With the upcoming elelction, holidays approaching and COVID cases on the rise again, we hope you're finding healthy ways to deal with the stress of 2020. Getting outside has...

October 2020

October 2020

October 2020 Inspired by our Intro to Mountain Biking Classes and Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, we're highlighting Chattanooga's area mountain bike trails as this month's local adventure spotlight in hopes it inspires you to get out and ride! Trails...

September 2020

September 2020

September 2020After careful consideration, acquiring lots of disinfectant, and putting new precautions in place, we are happy to announce our return to programming and offering guided tours this month! The name of the game for September 2020 is flatwater paddling...

August 2020

August 2020

August 2020"It's too hot outside", is something we hear quite often during the summer months in Chattanooga! This year, we're feeling it too! That's why our August 2020 Newsletter highlights the coolest places to paddle near Chattanooga as the local adventure...

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...

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February 2021

Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class*

February 8 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Outdoor Chattanooga's Learn to Ride a Bike Classes are the best and fastest way to learn to ride a bike!Does teaching your child how to ride a bike without training wheels end in frustration and tears? Are you an adult who's dreamed of riding a bike but can’t keep your balance or feel intimidated to try on your own? Let our League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors teach you how to ride a bike using the gliding technique. With this simple and…

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Wilderness Survival Shelter Building – Virtual Workshop

February 9 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Outdoor Chattanooga will host a series of virtual workshops covering a variety of outdoor topics this winter. Workshop topics include hiking, fishing, backpacking, wilderness survival skills, camp cooking, and bike maintenance. Workshops occur bi-weekly from January 12 through March 23, 2021, from 7:00-8:00 PM EST online. These virtual workshops are free and open to all ages. No experience required. Online reservations are required to attend. February 9: Wilderness Survival Skill - Shelter Building 101Join Outdoor Chattanooga’s Recreation Specialist and avid outdoorsman, Cole Henderson…

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Camp Cooking 101 – Virtual Workshop

February 23 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Outdoor Chattanooga will host a series of virtual workshops covering a variety of outdoor topics this winter. Workshop topics include hiking, fishing, backpacking, wilderness survival skills, camp cooking, and bike maintenance. Workshops occur bi-weekly from January 12 through March 23, 2021, from 7:00-8:00 PM EST online. These virtual workshops are free and open to all ages. No experience required. Online reservations are required to attend. February 23: Camp Cooking 101Cooking in the outdoors need not be limited to hot dogs and s’mores. With…

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March 2021

Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

March 8 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Outdoor Chattanooga's Learn to Ride a Bike Classes are the best and fastest way to learn to ride a bike!Does teaching your child how to ride a bike without training wheels end in frustration and tears? Are you an adult who's dreamed of riding a bike but can’t keep your balance or feel intimidated to try on your own? Let our League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors teach you how to ride a bike using the gliding technique. With this simple and…

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Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

March 8 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Outdoor Chattanooga's Learn to Ride a Bike Classes are the best and fastest way to learn to ride a bike!Does teaching your child how to ride a bike without training wheels end in frustration and tears? Are you an adult who's dreamed of riding a bike but can’t keep your balance or feel intimidated to try on your own? Let our League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors teach you how to ride a bike using the gliding technique. With this simple and…

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