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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! 

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...

November 2018

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

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,...

September 2018

September 2018

As the ninth month of the year, September marks the beginning of autumn here in Chattanooga. As we transition from summer to fall, the weather is temperate and encourages more outdoor play. There are plenty of outdoor activities going on in Chattanooga this month and...

August 2018

August 2018

August 2018 Last year in August, we were experiencing a unique astronomical phenomenon and totally solar eclipsing! This August, another rare event (not quite as rare as a total solar eclipse) is coming to the Chattanooga Region. Something we haven't seen in two...

July 2018

July 2018

July 2018 July 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...

June 2018

June 2018

June 2018 Each 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 and pathways for biking, birdwatching or geocaching....

May 2018

May 2018

May 2018   May is National Bike Month! To celebrate, organizations across Chattanooga are holding events to encourage bicycling as a 'wheelie' fun and healthy way to get around and enjoy our community. We've compiled a list of all the ways you can get involved in...

April 2018

April 2018

April 2018 Spring has officially arrived here in Chattanooga and that means there's rain; lots and lots of rain! We've been feeling the effects of the nearly constant precipitation that occurs from February to April here in the Southeast; more so this year than in...

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December 2019

Cumberland Trail Guided Hike

December 14 @ 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 9 different short section hikes (5-7 miles each) on the Cumberland Trail being offered as part of our Cumberland Trail Hiking Series. (See schedule below)The Cumberland Trail is known for its beauty, mountain streams, and remote setting. The single track trail is rated as moderately strenuous with significant elevation changes where hikers may need to high step over rocks, deadfall, and…

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ICL Comp #3 of 6 at Tennessee Bouldering Authority

December 14 @ 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

The Interscholastic Climbing League (ICL) provides a competitive climbing program for middle and high school students in the greater Chattanooga area. The purpose is to introduce 6-12 grade students to a challenging sport and lifelong activity in an environment that emphasizes communication, teamwork and positive social interaction without the competitive pressure often associated with traditional team sports.Student climbers participate in six organized meets at the three local climbing gyms to represent their public, private or homeschool. Student climbers compete against…

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Traffic Skills 101 for Bike Commuting – Learn to “drive” your bicycle in traffic

December 16 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn the rules of the road and riding techniques to be a confident and predictable commuter.Class offered the 3rd Monday of each monthCost: FreePre-registration required. Register here.Our League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors will teach:-TN State and Chattanooga laws pertaining to bicycles-Lane positioning and changing-Signaling and scanning-Basic bicycle safety and helmet checkThe class will be followed by an optional practice ride (in good weather). Open to adults and kids ages 14 and older (when accompanied by an adult).All participants must…

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Chattanooga Bicycle Club – Monthly Meeting

December 16 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Chattanooga Bicycle Club Board Meeting. The Chattanooga Bicycle Club (CBC) was established in 1967 to encourage and promote bicycle riding and safety, and to foster good relationships between cyclists and motorists by demonstrating courtesy and respect for the law. CBC is a club for recreational cyclists and provides riding opportunities year round. CBC is a strong cycling advocate whose mission is to educate, promote and advocate bicycling for transportation, fitness and recreation. The club is affiliated with the League of…

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January 2020

Winter Workshop: Wayfinding Using a Map & Compass

January 8, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday Winter Workshop: Not all who wander are lost but those who are lost should know how to be found. We’ve become pretty dependent on smartphones for wayfinding, but what happens if the signal fails or the battery dies while you’re out on the trail? Knowing how to read a map and use a compass is an essential skill for anyone wandering in the woods. Learn the basics of how to navigate using the “old school” method of map and…

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