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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! 

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...

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...

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July 2021

Paddle Smart Chattanooga: Intro to Kayaking and Safety Class

July 29 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Have you purchased your own kayak/canoe/SUP, but lack the confidence to explore Chattanooga's scenic waterways safely? BYO-Boat (Bring Your Own kayak, SUP, or canoe) and join Outdoor Chattanooga for an intro to flatwater paddling course that will give you the confidence to safely and smartly paddle Chattanooga's scenic waterways!Paddle Smart Chattanooga classes are taught by Outdoor Chattanooga’s experienced paddling instructors. They'll share their knowledge and offer insight on the best ways to set up your boat, transporting your craft, paddling…

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Pedal and Paddle Adventure at Sunset

July 30 @ 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped Pedal to Paddle | Bike to Kayak Adventure on the Tennessee Riverwalk and Tennessee River Blueway! You'll discover how Chattanooga's greenways and blueways are connected while experiencing two adventure sports in one day! Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced guides will lead you on a leisurely paced 6-mile bike tour on Bike Chattanooga bikes over the Walnut Street Bridge and along the Tennessee Riverwalk before shifting gears and getting into kayaks to paddle 5-miles down the Tennessee River back…

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BIKE RODEO and family friendly bicycle safety activities

Bring the kids out to a free bike rodeo at the First Horizon Pavilion on Saturday, July 31.  Drop-in between 9-11:30 AM to participate in an obstacle course designed to teach bike safety skills in a fun atmosphere! Ride away with new skills such as proper helmet and bike fit, hand signals, rules of the road, and much more! For the more adventurous, you might learn how to pop a wheelie.Designed for all ages and skill levels, this free event is…

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August 2021

Rapid Learning- Beginner Whitewater River Instructional Trip

August 1 @ 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

This is a beginner class on moving water for participants in the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program who have attended an introduction class on the lake and exhibit solid fundamental skills.  (example: comfortable with the wet exit and boat control)The Rapid Learning Whitewater Program provides formal kayak instruction and guided practice for beginner paddlers to learn how to safely and comfortably paddle up to class III+ whitewater.River trips are offered in a small group setting with an emphasis on building skills…

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Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

August 2 @ 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 upon graduation of the program will earn a bicycle. Participants are pre-registered and managed by Chattanooga Track Club and the Community Kitchen. Outdoor Chattanooga's staff in coordination with the KatV. the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for Hamilton County via Collegedale PD, provide bicycle education and lead group rides for road skills and route practice. This…

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