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


Lookout Mountain Conservancy And The Howard School Continue Environmental Connections On Thursday

Fifty students from The Howard School will continue “Environmental Connections,” for 2014 on Thursday. “Environmental Connections” is an environmental education and outdoor classroom project engaging The Howard School in Chattanooga and staff and volunteers from Lookout Mountain Conservancy. The Tennessee American Water Company provided funding for the pilot project last fall, ... (click for more)

2014 Spring Boat Show Is This Weekend

Erwin Marine Sales will offer its Spring Boat Show on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Chickamauga Marina. Organizers said, "We have the largest selection of new and pre-owned boats by brands you know and trust like Bayliner and Sea Ray sport boats, cruisers, yachts and Cypress Cay pontoons." New and pre-owned boats will be in the water ... (click for more)

Catoosa Man Convicted Of Sexual Abuse Of 5 Young Girls Gets Life Plus 250 Years

A Catoosa County man convicted of the sexual abuse of five young girls and possession of child pornography has been sentenced to life plus 250 years. James Martin Ferris, 34, was found guilty after a recent trial. The day after his conviction, Judge Ralph Van Pelt set the sentence. Ferris on June 5, 2013, was indicted by the Catoosa County Grand Jury on 46 counts.   ... (click for more)

Rev. Jesse Jackson To Be Guest Speaker At City-Wide Peace And Love Rally On Friday

Rev. Jesse Jackson will be the speaker at the City Wide Peace and Love Rally at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 East ML King Blvd.,  on Friday, from 5:15-7 p.m. Rev. Jackson is the founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Cedric Pendleton, actor and humanitarian with Have and Have Nots/House of Payne/Fantasia Story, will be the special guest. (click for more)

Use The Current Rail System Already In Place - And Response

Why spend $20 million or more on an unproven system to run from the Southside of Chattanooga when we already have the beginnings of a system?  The question apparently has surfaced of why the Choo Choo City doesn't have a rail line. We do have a rail line with the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and their hardware. And they already make runs from the Southside to close to Enterprise ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UAW Voices In Detroit

Today we are going to eavesdrop on somewhat of an open conversation that was held far to the north after the United Auto Workers surprisingly dropped a legal challenge with the National Labor Relations Board in Chattanooga the first thing on Monday morning. The NLRB judge certified the VW workers’ February vote to turn away the UAW at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen manufacturing plant ... (click for more)