Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event 

Fireside at Greenway Farm Oct. 3
This week's Fireside program features bluegrass picker Randy Steele and Friends. 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: the VonWamps.

Canoe the Creek Before Fireside
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.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events 

Bike2Work Oct. 4
Join Chattanooga's bicycle commuters for the season's last Bike2Work breakfast, at the south end of the Walnut St. Bridge,  Fri., Oct. 4, from 7-8:30 a.m. Hosted by Velo Coffee Roasters, Whole Foods Market and River City Bicycles.

Chattanooga Hiking Club at Outdoor Chattanooga Oct. 7
The Chattanooga Hiking Club will host guest speaker Ralph Painter at their monthly meeting, happening Mon., Oct. 7, 6:30 at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Painter, who grew up in Conasauga, GA, will share the history of the area around the Conasauga and Jack's Rivers. The public is welcome.

Chattanooga Grotto at Outdoor Chattanooga Oct. 7
The local associated chapter of the National Speleological Society, Chattanooga Grotto, will host their bi-monthly meeting at Outdoor Chattanooga this Mon., Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Meetings include club business and a caving presentation from members or guests. The public is welcome.

Haunted Canoe Rides Oct. 19
Outdoor Chattanooga will partner with the N. Chickamauga Creek Conservancy to host Haunted Canoe Rides the on the creek, Sat., Oct. 19, beginning at 6 p.m., at Greenway Farm, in Hixson, TN. One hour haunts will include a hay ride, guided canoe ride, campfire, haints, boogers and spooks. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 10 and under. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR KIDS UNDER 7. Advanced Online Registration highly recommended for limited spots. To learn more email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Featured Community Event  

European Bike Touring Social Oct. 5
Bike Tours Direct will host a meet and greet for people interested in bicycle touring this Sat., Oct. 5, from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at Velo Coffee Roasters, 509 E. Main St. on Chattanooga's Southside. Professional European bicycle touring guides will be on hand to share information about European mountain biking and cycle path touring. A group ride will leave at 7:30 for the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival at Ross' Landing.

More Community Events 

Group Mountain Bike Rides Oct. 4, 5, and 6 

Euan Wilson, European mountain bike tour operator from H & I Adventures will lead group mountain bike rides on Stringers Ridge, Raccoon Mountain and Lookout Mtn.'s 5 Points Recreation area this Fri., Sat. and Sun., as part of the RiverRocks Festival. They are all free. 

Johnson Mental Health 10K Pumpkin Run and 5K Fun Walk Oct. 5

This flat, fast course on Moccasin Bend is a great way for families to run and walk together for a good cause. 

Friends of S. Cumberland State Park Activities Oct. 11-27
Learn about canoeing, backpacking, back country cooking, native snakes, or take a hike to some of the Cumberland Plateau's most spectacular waterfalls and bluffs at South Cumberland State Park, near Monteagle, TN. 
Observe the Moon Night at Cloudland Canyon Oct. 12
Join the Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park for a free moongazing event at the park, beginning at 5 p.m. the Barnard Astronomical Society and amateur astronomers will be on hand to help you identify the stars. $5 parking fee applies.

Knobby Hobby Classic Youth Mountain Bike Race Oct. 13
Chilhowee Mountain in the Cherokee National Forest is the setting for the Knobby Hobby Classic Youth Mountain Bike Race, the final race in this year's TN Youth Mountain Bike Race series. Kids of all ages have a category and a course, including the little peepers. Sign up and join the fun.   

Chickamauga and Chattanooga NMP Closed Until Further Notice  Because of the shutdown of the federal government, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. All visitor facilities including the Chickamagua and Lookout Mtn. Battlefield visitor centers, Point Park, park grounds, secondary roads, picnic areas and restrooms are closed, except the Lafayette Rd., Reed's Bridge Rd., and McFarland Gap Rd. through ways. 

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. 10-12, 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. 7 & 8 - Closed all Day
Oct. 12 - Closed until 12 noon
Oct. 13 - Closed until 1 p.m. 
Call the park at (423) 893-3500 for more information. 

Wild South Receives $25K for Wilderness in Cherokee N.F.
Wild South has been awarded a $25,000 grant from The Conservation Alliance to designate 19,558 acres of the Cherokee National Forest as Wilderness through the TN Wild Campaign, which works to permanently protect the wild landscapes of East TN. 

RiverRocks Adventure Sports Games Begin Oct. 2

Medal Events This Weekend
Sequatchie Valley Century
October 5 / Sequatchie Valley High School / 8:00am

Rock|Creek StumpJump 50k & 11 Mile Trail Race
October 5 / Signal Mountain Middle School / 8:00am

RiverRocks Canoe/Kayak Race
October 5 / Ross' Landing / 10:30am.

RiverRocks SUP Race
October 5 / Ross' Landing / 2:00pm

Medal Events Next Weekend 
October 12/Stone Fort/8:00 a.m. 
The country's best competitors test themselves on Chattanooga's Old Stone Fort on Mowbray Mtn.

October 12/Stringers Ridge Park/8:00 a.m.
This trail run showcases the City's newest park: Stringers Ridge. 

Chattanooga Head Race
October 12/Ross Landing/9:00 a.m.
This rowing regatta brings the best prep, college and club teams from the southeast to Chattanooga. Competition begins at 9:00 a.m. 

Five Points Fifty
October 12/Lula Lake Land Trust/8:00 a.m.
Mountain bikers can challenge themselves on the twisting, fast hills of the new Five Points Recreation Area trail system on Lookout Mtn.

Swim the Suck 10 Mile
October 12/Tennessee River Gorge/9:30 a.m.
75 of the world's top open water swimmers will test themselves in the Tennessee River Gorge.

RiverRocks Duathalon
October 12/Enterprise South Nature Park/8:00 a.m.
Enterprise South Nature Park is the setting for this beginner friendly trail running and mountain biking duathalon. 

RiverRocks Entertainment Events This Week
October 2 & 3 / SunTrust Bank Building / 5:00pm
Local celebrities rappelling 20 stories as a fundraiser for Boy Scouts of America, Friday and continuing Sat. at 9 a.m.

Rock/Creek StumpJump Vendor Fair
October 4 / Coolidge Park / 10:00am
This vendor fair brings gear to town in anticipation of StumpJump.  Shoes, wearing apparel, equipment: stand up boards, paddles, canoes, kayaks, bikes  . . . you name it. 

The 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival
October 4 & 5 / Ross' Landing / 6:00pm
Not strictly a part of RiverRocks, the 3 Sisters Music Festival celebrates world class bluegrass in Chattanooga for FREE! The fun continues on Saturday with bluegrass from noon until 11:00 PM.

Community Events
Visit Chattanooga NOW and join a group hike, mountain bike ride or river gorge cookout during RiverRocks.

More Upcoming Events


20         7 Bridges Marathon
26         Chattajack 31
             Signal Mountain Pie Run
             Grand Opening of the Federal Rd. at Moccasin Bend

2-3        Head of the Hooch
19         Guild/Hardy Trail Race
23         Jingle Bell Run/Walk

             Family Hike on Lookout Mtn.'s Guild Trail


21          Wauhatchie Trail Run

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Wildlife Officer Pete Geesling Honored In Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

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Woman Shot Saturday Night Near O'Rear Street

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Roy Exum: The Trouble With Chicago

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