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. 

More Community Events 

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


Wildlife Should Remain Wild

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) officials notice an increase in illegal removal of wildlife each spring. Not only is taking wildlife from nature unlawful, it can have harmful effects on humans, pets and overall wildlife populations. Animals most often taken include squirrels, fawns, turtles and even baby raccoons. Sometimes the intent is to care for a seemingly abandoned ... (click for more)

TVA’s Dam Visitor Centers Open April 1

TVA’s dams make certain that the Tennessee Valley is ready to deal with whatever April showers may come. And three of its most remarkable dams are kicking off the month by opening the doors of staffed visitors centers, which illuminate the agency’s history, offer information about how TVA operates its electric system and explain how the river and its tributaries are managed for ... (click for more)

Finley Stadium Board Members Step In After Paul Smith, Staff Depart

Members of the board of directors of the Finley Stadium Corporation have been filling in and dividing tasks related to running the facility since Paul Smith, past executive director, and his staff resigned at the end of February. Mr. Smith has been credited for the financial turn-around of Finley Stadium, which at one time had to be subsidized by the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton ... (click for more)

Firefighters Extinguish Fire At Senior Living Apartment Complex On Highway 58; 1 Resident Falls During Evacuation

A fire broke out at a senior living facility on Highway 58 Tuesday afternoon. At  2:50 p.m. , several agencies responded to the Silver Tree apartments (formerly known as Napfe Towers) at 5465 Highway 58. Th Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and reported heavy smoke coming from the sixth floor of the nine-story building. The Highway ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oh Yes, I Loved West

One of my most beloved friends died early Saturday morning at the age of 67. Then again, West Oehmig’s only brother – King – died a couple of years ago at 63 so it wasn’t by happenstance I remembered Abraham Lincoln’s famous line: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Here are two brothers who lived larger than any other pair I can ... (click for more)