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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 most campgrounds, restrooms, public day-use areas, beaches, and recreational sites like boat ramps and fishing piers 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! 

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...

July 2019

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 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 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 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

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

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 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

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...

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June 2020

Postponed/Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

June 1 @ 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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Location change this date: Grotto Meeting

June 1 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St
Chattanooga, TN United States

The Chattanooga Grotto Club holds their monthly club meeting at Outdoor Chattanooga. This is free and open to the public.The Chattanooga Grotto Club is a nonprofit member-supported organization that promotes a program of caving adventures to outdoor enthusiasts of all social and economic backgrounds and of all skill levels. For more information call Club President, Tripp Lichtefeld at 423-883-2141 or email beertripp@hotmail.com

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Postponed/Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Skills Class

June 3 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Chester Frost Park, 2277 Gold Point Cir N
Hixson, TN United States

This program is postponed until further notice due to Covid-19.Learn to whitewater kayak with us! Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Program provides formal and equipped kayak instruction for beginning and seasoned kayakers.To begin, participants should attend an Introduction to Kayaking Class to learn essential skills and safe paddling techniques in the calm waters of the lake or pool. These classes are offered regularly throughout the year and can be joined anytime. Instruction is provided in a group setting with the emphasis…

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Cancelled/Postponed: Cumberland Trail Guided Hike – National Trails Day Event

June 6 @ 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Join Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guide staff for a guided hike on the scenic Cumberland Trail. This is one of nine different short section hikes (4-6 miles each) on the Cumberland Trail being offered as part of our Cumberland Trail Hiking Series. The series begins on January 12 and concludes December 6, 2020, with most hikes being offered on Sunday mornings with the exception of one Saturday that falls on National Trails Day (June 6). (See full schedule below)The Cumberland Trail is known for…

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Postponed until July: Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

June 8 @ 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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