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
- Chattanooga City Parks – open except playgrounds/skate park
- Hamilton County Parks – Open
- Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park – Phased Re-Opening, Limited Access
- Reflection Riding Nature Center and Arboretum – partially open
- Tennessee State Parks – Open
- Georgia State Parks – Open
- Alabama State Parks – Open
- SORBA Chattanooga Mountain Bike Trail Updates – Open
- TVA Recreational Sites, Day Use Areas, Campgrounds Status – Open
- Cherokee National Forest Campgrounds + Public Areas – Open
- Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Limited Access
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Phased Re-Opening, Limited Access
- Appalachian Trail – Open in TN & GA
- Southeastern Climbers Coalition Updates on Properties & COVID-19 Precautions
- IMBA Mountain Bike Safety & COVID-19
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:
- Solo Park Adventures
- Lookout Wild Film Festival Social Distance Series
- The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks
- 33 Virtual National Park Tours
- Video: 30 Chattanooga Hikes in 30 Days
- Spring Wildflower Scavenger Hunt
- Video: Virtual Hike to Denny Cove
- 50 Best Hiking Trails in Chattanooga
- 8 Chattanooga Area Scenic Vistas
- Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids
- Ideas for Keeping Kids Active During Social Distancing
- Video: Learn to Ride a Bike with Outdoor Chattanooga
- 11 Great Places to Ride your Bike in Chattanooga
- Bikeways of the Scenic South
- Gravel Grinding in Southeast Tennessee
- Virtual Tours and Learning with Reflection Riding & Nature Center
- Paddle the Tennessee River Blueway
- Virtual Explorations with Southeast Tennessee Tourism
- Support an Adventure Project
- Discover Chattanooga Mountain Biking Trails
- Discover Chattanooga Hiking/Running Trails
- Discover Chattanooga Walking Trails
- Horseback Riding Adventures near Chattanooga
- Go Fishing in Chattanooga
- Virtual Tours of the Tennessee Aquarium
- Four Mountain Goat Trail Stories
- Paddle Tennessee Valley Water Trails
- Outdoor Chattanooga’s YouTube Channel
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!
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Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped Sunset Canoe Tour on North Chickamauga Creek. Guides will lead you on a family-friendly, leisurely paced paddle along the peaceful creek to view wildlife as the sunsets. Prior to departure, you'll receive basic paddling instruction, water safety information and be properly outfitted in a lifejacket and canoe.Cost is $10 per person which includes guides on the water and all the canoe equipment (tandem canoe, paddles, lifejackets, and lights). This sunset canoe tour…Find out more »
Our 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 effective…Find out more »
Check with the Chattanooga Grotto. This monthly meeting will not be held at Outdoor Chattanooga._______________________________________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 firstname.lastname@example.orgFind out more »
Mountain biking is a fun way to exercise and connect with nature. If you're curious about leaving the asphalt behind and gearing up for the trails, this Intro to Mountain Biking Guided Trail Ride is designed for you! Take your riding even further by taking the skills you learned in the Fundamentals Class out onto the trail with our experienced instructors. They'll guide you on a group ride allowing time for skills demonstration and practice on singletrack trails. Even though…Find out more »
Learn how to ride a bicycle in as little as one class, or come see us to refresh your rusty skills.Classes offered the 2nd Monday each month.Cost: FreePre-registration required as space is limited. Register Here.Through simple, bicycling drills, Outdoor Chattanooga's League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors will teach you:-Balance, starting, stopping and pedaling-Bicycle fit and seating position-How gears and brakes work-Types of bicycles-Parts of the bicycle as basic maintenance-Helmet fit and safety checks-Rules for sidewalk, greenway and beginner road riding-Roadway…Find out more »