Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event 
Fireside at Greenway Farm Oct. 24 - Spooky Nooga Storytelling
Our weekly Fireside program, 2013 features Spooky Nooga Storytelling from the incomparable Vincent Ivan Phipps.
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. 

Canoe the Creek Before Fireside Oct. 24
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.   

Pot Point Nature Trail Hike Nov. 2
Outdoor Chattanooga and the Nickajack Naturalist will partner for a group hike on the TN River Gorge Trust's Pot Point Nature Trail on Sat., Nov. 2. The moderately strenuous, 3.5 mile hike shows off the biodiversity of the area between Walden's Ridge and the TN River. RSVP by email or phone to hike leader Bob Butters at (423) 991-1548 to learn specific time and directions.

Featured Community Event  

Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga at Big River Oct. 24
The Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga (FOC) 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. 

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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. A few entry spots are left!

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

Fall Foliage Hikes at Cloudland Canyon Oct. 26 & 27
Cloudland Canyon State Park in Trenton, GA will host special fall foliage hikes this Sat., Oct. 26, 10 a.m. and Sun., Oct. 27, 11 a.m. on the overlook trail along the east rim of the canyon. The hikes are free. A $5 parking fee applies. To learn more, call (706) 657-4050.

Star Party at Cloudland Canyon Nov. 2
The Barnard Astronomical Society will host a star party at Cloudland Canyon State Park from 5-11 p.m. at the park interpretive center and tennis courts. 

Night Paddle at CA&NC Nov. 2
The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center will host a night canoe trip on Lookout Creek from 7:30 - 10 p.m. $20. Reservations required. (423) 821-1160.

Head of the Hooch Nov. 2 & 3
The Head of the Hooch Rowing Regatta will come back to town for two days of nonstop competition on the Tennessee River, Sat. and Sun., Nov. 2 & 3. Collegiate and Prep School teams compete on Saturday, club teams on Sunday. Racing begins at 8 a.m. both mornings. The event is free and open to the public.

Volunteer Opportunities
Rock Climbing Volunteers Needed for Adaptive Climbing Program
The City of Chattanooga's Youth and Family Development Dept. needs skilled volunteers to help with belaying and climbing for their Climbing Higher program, beginning on Nov. 4. The program works with adults and kids with physical and cognitive disabilities. Call Elaine Adams at (423) 697-1345 to volunteer.

Pringle Park Cleanup and Restore Nov. 2
The Chattanooga Park Stewards will host a Clean up and Restore work day at Pringle Park on Sat., Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The main focus of the cleanup will be restoring the picnic areas and playground. Pringle Park is located at 2613 Long St. in the Southside.

More Upcoming Events

PHOTOS: ChattaJack 31

Chattajack 2016 was the biggest yet with approximately 500 racers from all over the USA, Hawaii, Canada, the Caribbean, all the way to New Zealand.  The race travels 31 miles through the scenic Tennessee River Gorge. This year, brutal headwinds challenged racers for most of the race. The fastest time was done on a surfski (4hours & 4 minutes) and the race cut off ... (click for more)

Motorists Urged To Be Cautious To Avoid Deer This Fall

Motorists are urged to exercise caution during the fall season as this is a time of peak deer activity, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “Motorists should be alert and pay close attention to the roadsides as we are nearing the annual peak time of the year for deer-car collisions,” said Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist ... (click for more)

School Board Chooses Charlotte Firm For Superintendent Search Firm; Lennon, Testerman Want To Keep Kelly

The County School Board on Thursday night voted 5-4 to choose a Charlotte, N.C., search firm to pick a new county school superintendent. Coleman Lew and Associates was selected over McPherson & Jacobson of Omaha. That vote came after board members Kathy Lennon and David Testerman started the session by saying they are very pleased with Interim Supt. Kirk Kelly and would ... (click for more)

East Ridge May Revise Ordinance On Extended Stays; Fire Hall Cost Well Above Projection; Dunkin Donuts, Firehouse Subs Going Into Border Region Sector

A large portion of the East Ridge City Council meeting Thursday night was devoted to the discussion of a proposed amendment to the ordinance previously passed relating to minimum hotel and extended stay hotel requirements. The new recommendations, which the city manager, codes enforcer and city attorney have drafted after meetings with hotel associations, are that a stay can be ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Guess Who Backed Kelly?

Two weeks before the August election where three members of the Hamilton County School Board were angrily replaced, the organizer of what was called “a great way for the (challengers) to raise great money to help them run smart campaigns” made a bold statement. “I'm sure the current board is well-intentioned, but the results are not there," said Paul Brock. "Leadership matters ... (click for more)