Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, November 6, 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

TN River Gorge Kayak Glamping Nov. 10 & 11

Due to a couple of last minute cancellations, we have four spots open for this coming weekend's TN River Gorge Kayak Tour, which features an overnight "glamping" experience at the TN River Gorge Trust's Pot Point Cabin. The weather is going to be beautiful, so don't miss this chance to kayak the river gorge at the height of fall color. Cost is $175 per person and includes all your meals, gear, sleeping accommodations, transportation and the pure awesomeness that is Pot Point. Call or email us to learn more or make a reservation at (423) 643-6888.

Outdoor Chattanooga Events and Activities

Rapid Learning Roll Practice Nov. 6 and 13
The Rapid Learning Whitewater Program will resume weekly kayak roll practice on Tues., Oct. 30, 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 through the New Year, beginning Tues., Nov. 20. 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.

More Events and Activities

The GET Comes Through Chattanooga - Public Program Nov. 7

A free, public program introducing the Great Eastern Trail (GET) will be presented on Wed., Nov. 7, 2 p.m. at the City Council Assembly Room of the Chattanooga City Council Building, 1000 Lindsey St. Warren Devine, a board member for GET will present an illustrated overview of the trail, its history and status, as well as sharing maps and information about the route it will take through Chattanooga.  The GET passes through 9 states, from Western N.Y. south and about 1,400 miles of its planned 1,800 miles are open for hiking. Maps will be on display and brochures and trail data will be available.  A social hour hosted by Rock/Creek will follow the program.

Cumberland Trail Hike w/Chattanooga Hiking Club Nov. 10

The Chattanooga Hiking Club will host a group hike on the Cumberland Trail through Soddy Gorge on Sat., Nov. 10. The moderately difficult, seven mile hike will take participants by some old and new mining sites before ending at the new Deep Creek climbing area.

XC Bike Race at Fall Farm Fair Nov. 10
Short and long cross country bicycle races will be among the activities at Crabtree Farm's Fall Farm Fair on Sat. & Sun., Nov. 10, from 12 noon to 5 p.m., at 1000 E. 30th St. in Chattanooga. The fundraising event will also feature tractor rides, crafts workshops, tractor rides and other family activities. All funds support Crabtree Farm's community farming programs.

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. An RSVP is appreciated.

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. Registration is still open.

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.

News

Am. Journal of Public Health - Bicycle Facilities can Cut Cyclist Injuries in Half
This Atlantic Cities article profiles a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study, conducted in Toronto and Vancouver, shows that cyclist injuries can be cut by as much as 90% by the installation of dedicated bicycle facilities like paths and cycle tracks.



Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

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Hamilton County Parks And Recreation Department Completes Phase 1 Of Chester Frost Park Campsite Utility Upgrade

The Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department has now completed Phase 1 of the Chester Frost Park Campsite utility upgrade. During this 1.2 million dollar, six-month renovation, new water and electrical lines have been installed in 173 campsites, with upgraded electrical service. Effective  Wednesday, May 20, Dallas Island will be open to the public ... (click for more)

Board Of Regents Board Meets Wednesday To Approve New Chattanooga State President

The Tennessee Board of Regents will convene a special called meeting at  9:30 a.m. CDT next Wednesday to receive recommendations for presidential vacancies at community colleges, including Chattanooga State, and the director position at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Covington/Ripley.  The finalists to replace longtime leader Jim Catanzaro are: ... (click for more)

New CARTA Service To Enterprise South Industrial Park Has "Medium" Success So Far

CARTA officials said its new bus service from downtown to the Enterprise South Industrial Park is meeting with "medium" success thus far. Lisa Maragnano, executive director, said there have been 313 riders on the routes that began at the first of the month. That includes 241 getting aboard downtown in the early morning and 72 riding from Enterprise South in the afternoon. ... (click for more)

Don't Make A Mockery Of Memorial Day

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Roy Exum: Chincoteague Mourns ‘Dude’

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