Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, November 06, 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.



USDA Seeks Help In Testing Wildlife For Rabies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services is asking for the public’s help as it works to determine the frequency of rabies in southeastern Tennessee raccoons.  Anyone who encounters a raccoon that is sick-acting or behaving unusually is asked to report the animal. No raccoons in Tennessee have tested positive for the raccoon variant, or variety, of rabies ... (click for more)

Tennessee State Parks Celebrate National Public Lands Day

In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Tennessee State Parks, along with Friends Groups, invite the public to take part in hikes and volunteer activities across the state on   Saturday, Sept. 27 . This year’s theme is “Helping Hands for America’s Lands.” Each of the 55 Tennessee State Parks will have scheduled hikes and volunteer opportunities. For each park’s ... (click for more)

EPB Says "Close To A Wash" On City Street Light Billing

EPB President Harold DePriest denied Wednesday that EPB owes the city over $1 million on street light billing. He stated,  “EPB has never said that we owe the city $1.2 million. When all the facts are taken into account, the financial difference is close to a wash.” Mr. DePriest said, "I regret that this complicated issue has been oversimplified in some reports. As we’ve ... (click for more)

New Red Bank Zoning Ordinance Is Ready For Review

The new Red Bank zoning ordinance is ready for review, City Manager Randall Smith said Tuesday night. It can be seen on www.redbanktn.gov and the link to zoning regulations. The new ordinance will replace one that was created 30 years ago.    The plan will encompass both residential and commercial development and is intended to direct ... (click for more)

Why So Much For A Rail Study?

From the things that make you go hmm department. Ok, so the feds are giving us $400k and the city is kicking in another $300k for a total of $700k to do a study on having in town rail service. Why so much for a study? Don't get me wrong, I'm totally down with Chattanooga having some passenger trains running around. I get that. It's awesome. We've needed it for a long time. I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I’m Certainly No Expert

Sometime on Monday night, after I had written a piece on getting swatted with a switch as a kid, I got an email from ESPN Canada asking if I would be a televised guest on “Off the Record,” the most watched daily sports show in Canada. The subject: corporal punishment in America. Are you kidding me? I am hardly an expert. All weekend my world of sports and its excitement was warped ... (click for more)