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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! 

July 2019

July 2019July is here and the summer heat is in full force. Thankfully, water flows through the heart of Chattanooga! Whether you’re looking for whitewater thrills or seeking the quiet solitude of a backwater slough, this beautiful city offers multiple ways to indulge...

June 2019

June 2019Each year, the first Saturday in June is dedicated to connecting people to trails! Did you know that trails are for more than just hiking? They also provide access to waterways for paddling adventures, cliffs and boulders for climbers to ascend and...

May 2019

May 2019Did 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...

April 2019

April 2019Spring 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...

March 2019

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...

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,...

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July 2019

Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking and Skills Practice

July 17 @ 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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YFD Summer Camps Canoeing and Archery-City of Chattanooga

July 18 @ 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Youth and Family Development Department of the City of Chattanooga offers Summer Camps. Outdoor Chattanooga offers Canoeing- Archery- Nature Hikes as an experience for the centers that have registered their campers to participate. Stop by your local Chattanooga YFD Center to register for the most fun a kid can have for an entire summer for free. For more information, call Kim Battle at 423-643-6052

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Partner Program: Booker T Washington Outdoor Recreation Play Day for Summer Camps

July 19

Partner program with Booker T Washington State Park Booker T Washington State Parks hosts an outdoor recreation play day for various summer camps to join together to experience a variety of activities. Outdoor Chattanooga supports this event by hosting several instructional/guided adventures.

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NPS Partners: Lookout Creek Canoe Tour

July 20 @ 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in partnership with Outdoor Chattanooga for a FREE, 3-hour guided canoe tour to explore Chattanooga's Civil War waterways as a National Park Ranger provides a historical narrative of Lookout Mountain and Moccasin Bend. The National Park Partners and Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga sponsor these free events to give visitors the opportunity to paddle the quiet waters of Lookout Creek and the Tennessee River to learn about the rich Civil War and American Indian…

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Family Fun Day

July 21 @ 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Enjoy an afternoon at the Greenway Farm City Park with activities provided by the staff at Outdoor Chattanooga. Between the early evening hours of 4pm and 7pm, you can choose to rent a canoe, shoot archery, take a nature hike, ride your own bike, or perhaps bring a picnic supper to enjoy between activities. Check in with our staff at the archery table next to the dog park to get more information or direction. Canoeing: Outdoor Chattanooga will provide all…

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