Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - by Ruth Thompson
New Year's Canoe Trip on Florida's Suwannee River Jan. 2-6 
Outdoor Chattanooga will host a special New Year's canoe trip on N. Florida's 
Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, Wed.
, Jan. 2 through Sun., Jan. 6, 2013. The Suwannee is a slow moving, black water river that flows through miles of quiet, Florida backcountry. The trip will offer three days canoeing and two nights' primitive camping in the trail's special riverside campgrounds, which feature screened, shelters, rest rooms and hot showers. Bookending the canoe trip will be first and last day stays at two Florida State Parks: Stephen Foster and Suwannee River. Cost for the trip is $300 per person and includes all camping and canoeing gear, meals, camping fees and guides. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation from the Chattanooga area to Florida. Advanced payment via cash or check required to hold a reservation. To learn more or register, email or call recreation specialist Trevor Childress at (423) 643-6888

Rapid Learning Roll Practice Nov. 13  
The Rapid Learning Whitewater Program will host our weekly kayak roll practice on Tues., Nov. 13, with two sessions at 6 and 7 p.m., at the University of TN, Chattanooga's Maclellan Gym indoor pool. The practice focuses on learning the basics of whitewater kayaking in a safe, still water environment. All equipment and instruction is provided. First time attendees may participate for free. After that, membership is $50 per year for individuals, $75 for families. Kayakers with all of their own equipment may purchase a special one day membership for $5 at each roll practice. For more information, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888. Rapid Learning will take a Holiday break after this week's practice. Regular weekly roll practice will resume on Tues., Jan. 8, 2013.

Adaptive Kayaking Nov. 13 
Outdoor Chattanooga and the City's Therapeutic Recreation Division will host a special adaptive kayaking class at the UTC Maclellan Gym indoor pool on Tues., Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. People with cognitive/intellectual or physical disabilities are welcome to learn the basic skills they need to paddle local rivers and lakes. All equipment and instruction is provided. Reservations are required. Email or call Elaine Adams at (423) 697-1345 to register or learn more. 

Street Smarts Nov. 14
The public is invited to attend the next free Street Smarts cycling seminar on Wed., Nov. 14, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. League of American Bicyclists certified instructors teach with videos, diagrams and a Q&A session. Learn the local and state laws pertaining to bicycles, signaling, lane positioning and other skills to increase your confident on city streets. The class is open to adults and kids ages 10 and older when accompanied by an adult. No bicycle necessary. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.
Main St. Bicycle Cooperative Open House Nov. 13 
The Main St. Bicycle Cooperative, located on the old TN Temple University's St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union Ave. in Chattanooga, will host a public open house on Tues., Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to meet the Coop board and volunteers, and come learn about their Recycle a Bike program, which helps people with limited means build bicycles for transportation.  

Jingle Bell Walk/Run for Arthritis Nov. 17 
Strap on your jingle bells and Santa costume for the Jingle Bell Walk/Run on Sat., Nov. 17, to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Participants run or walk a 5K route on the TN Riverwalk. 

History Hike on the Guild Trail Nov. 17 
The Chattanooga Trekkers family hiking group will host a 4 mile history hike on Lookout Mtn.'s Guild Trail on Sat., Nov. 17, beginning at 12 noon EST. The Guild Trail is gravel, with a slow incline toward the top of the mountain. Registration is required to participate. Email or call Valerie Radu at (423) 503-2318 for more information. 

Battles for Chattanooga Anniversary Hikes Nov. 17-25 
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a series of walking tours, driving tours and special interpretive events to celebrate the 149th anniversary of the Battle for Chattanooga. Beginning Sat., Nov. 17, the public can join guided tours of Lookout Mtn., Missionary Ridge and Moccasin Bend and other local areas significant to the battle. All activities are free and open to the public.  

Grateful Gobbler Walk to End Homelessness Nov. 22 
Walk up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner at the annual Grateful Gobbler Walk to end homelessness on Thurs., Nov. 22, beginning at 8 a.m. from Coolidge Park. The three mile downtown route is designed for everyone from power walkers to casual strollers. Online registration open through Nov. 20. Walk up registration available on Wed., Nov. 21 in Coolidge Park on the morning of the walk.  

Turkey Trot Nov. 22 
Run up an appetite for turkey dinner at the annual Sports Barn Turkey Trot on Thurs., Nov. 22, beginning with registration at 7 a.m. Participants can run an 8K, 3 mile, 1 mile or kiddie K route to benefit the Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga area.

Thanksgiving Dinner at TN State Parks 
Hike up your appetite at Fall Creek Falls State Park, where the park's inn stays open on Thanksgiving Day for a holiday buffet supper. Fall Creek Falls is one of several TN State Parks that offer this special holiday alternative to cooking. 

Web Hit(s) of the Week 

With autumn comes peak rock climbing season. Visit the Southeastern Climbers Coalition to find the crags.
Last Week's Web Hit 
We think Operation Migration, which will bring endangered Whooping Cranes through West TN this week, is still one of the coolest conservation initiatives ever. 
Upcoming Events . . . 
1         Cleveland 5K Jingle Bell Jog
              S. Chickamauga Creek Greenway Cleanup
2            Run for Hope
8           Reindeer Run
             Girls on the Run
10         Carpet Capitol 10 Miler 
             Wauhatchie Trail Run 
March, 2013 
9/10      Booker T. Duathlon
23         Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race
30        Stars, Stripes and Wishes Run

August, 2013
10        Still Hollow Trail Race
11        Cannonball Charge

September, 2013
8          Iron Jr. Triathlon
29        Komen Race for the Cure

October, 2013
5          Rock/Creek Stump Jump


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TWRA Announces Availability Of Riparian Tree Planing Grants For 2017

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Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

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