Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event 

Fireside at Greenway Farm Oct. 17 -  GPS String Quartets
This week's Fireside program features the Girls Preparatory School's middle and Tango string quartets, the top of the school's musical talent.
Pack up the kids, the camp chairs and marshmallows on Thurs., from 7-9 p.m. at Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Rd., by the old Smiteman Cabin. It's free. Next week: Vincent Ivan Phipps with Spooky Nooga Storytelling

Canoe the Creek Before Fireside Oct. 17
Come to Greenway Farm before the Fireside program and canoe N. Chickamauga Creek. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide canoes, paddles and life jackets for kids ages 5 and older. Younger kids should bring their own PFD's. Cost: $10 per person (Cash and check only, please). No reservations required.

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All About Black Bears Oct. 26
TN Wild and Outdoor Chattanooga will host a special seminar and hike, All About Black Bears, on Sat., Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, beginning at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. A family oriented class about black bears will be followed by a leisurely hike on Stringers Ridge, led by TN Wild Naturalist Erin Outz. No reservations required. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.   

Featured Community Event  

Wilderness First Aid for Beginners Oct. 19  

The Hamilton Co. Parks and Recreation Dept. will host a Wilderness First Aid for Beginners class on Sat., Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Enterprise South Nature Park. The programs is designed for outdoor enthusiasts, e.g. runners, mountain bikers, paddlers, hikers, who want to have basic knowledge of outdoor emergency procedures. Topics will include basic CPR and c-spine procedures for the lay person, field splinting, preventing hypothermia and creating an emergency pack for the wilderness. The first 40 registered attendees may take the class for free. Pre registration is required. email Mark Melville to register. For more information, please call (423) 842-6748.  

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Acres of Darkness Oct. 18-26

The Chattanooga Audubon Society (CAS) will host their annual Acres of Darkness event on Friday and Saturdays, Oct. 18-26, from 7:30 - 11 p.m. at Audubon Acres. The family event features a campfire, s'mores, decorations and a scary hike through the woods. Cost is $20 ($10 for CAS members). Proceeds benefit CAS. 

Head of the Sequatchie Open Day Oct. 19

The Friends of the Cumberland Trail will host their monthly open gate day at the Head of the Sequatchie on Sat., Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Head of the Sequatchie is a protected, 400 acre tract that includes the archaeologically significant Devilstep Hollow Cave and the spring that is the origin of the Sequatchie River. To learn more, email the Friends of the Cumberland Trail.

Family Hike on the Pinhoti Trail Oct. 19
The Chattanooga Trekkers will host a family hike on the Snake Creek Gap section of the GA Pinhoti Trial on Sat., Oct. 19, beginning at 12 noon. The 4-6 mile hike is a ridge line trek with views of the surrounding mountains on all sides. An RSVP is required. To learn more, email the Chattanooga Trekkers

Hiketoberfest Oct. 20
The Friends of the Cumberland Trail will host their annual Hiketoberfest celebration and benefit for the Cumberland Trail on Sun., Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Shackleford Ridge Park on Walden's Ridge. Guided interpretive hikes, a silent auction and special presentations about the geology, flora and fauna of the trail will be followed by live music at 4 p.m. See a full schedule.

7 Bridges Marathon Oct. 20
The downtown Chattanooga bridges and TN Riverpark will host both a full and half marathon, 5K and Family Fun Run on Sun., Oct. 20 for the annual 7 Bridges Marathon. Hundreds of competitors will run courses that encompass all the downtown bridges and North Shore parks. Competition begins at 7 a.m. 

Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga at Big River Oct. 24
The Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga will be the beneficiary for Big River Grille and Brewing Company's Pumpkin Ale Tapping party on Thurs., Oct. 24, from 5-7 p.m at Big River's Broad St. location. Proceeds go to help FOC support Outdoor Chattanooga programs and initiatives. Come raise a pint for Outdoor Chattanooga.

Grand Opening Ceremony of the Federal Road Oct. 26
The public is invited to join the official commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears and the Grand Opening of the Federal Road on Sat., Oct. 26, 10 a.m. on Moccasin Bend. Following the ceremony, and on Sun. at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., National Park Service rangers will lead interpretive walks from the Federal Rd. entrance to the site of historic Browns Ferry on the banks of the TN River. Free parking and shuttle busses will be available at 175 Hamm Rd.

Ragnar Relay Oct. 25 & 26
From Coolidge Park to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, this year's Ragnar Relay foot race will benefit Soles for Souls.

Chattajack 31 Oct. 26
Standup paddleboarders, kayakers and canoeists will paddle 31 miles of the TN River during this year's last RiverRocks event: Chattajack 31. The race starts downtown and end at Hales Bar.

Signal Mountain Pie Run Oct. 26
Run 10k and then eat pie. Does it get any better than that?

News
Prentice Cooper Hunt Dates Fall, 2013 Prentice Cooper State Forest and Wildlife Management Area west of Hwy. 27 (Suck Creek Rd.) will be closed to all visitors except hunters for managed deer hunts on Oct. 26-27, Nov. 1-3, Nov. 30-Dec. 5.  The area east of Hwy. 27, including Edwards Point, will remain open to the public.

Enterprise South Nature Park Special Event Closures 
Due to special events, Enterprise South Nature Park will be closed to the public on the following dates and times:
Oct. 21 & 22 - Park Closed All Day
Call the park at (423) 893-3500 for more information. 
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