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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! 

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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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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