Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming Outdoor Chattanooga news and events:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event 

Fireside at Greenway Farm Oct. 10
This week's
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Canoe the Creek Before Fireside Oct. 10
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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*Haunted Canoe Rides Cancelled Oct. 19
We regret that we will have to cancel our Haunted Canoe Rides this year, because of too many scheduling conflicts with our ghosts, goblins, haints, and boogers. Please visit one of the many other haunts happening in Chattanooga this Halloween season.

Featured Community Event  

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.

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Urban Nature Trail Run Tonight - Oct. 8 

Give trail running a try on the new Stringers Ridge Trails. This 5 mile combination of road and trail running will start at Rock/Creek, 2 Northshore on Manufacturer's Rd. at 6 p.m.

Signal Mountain Hike Oct. 9

The Chattanooga Hiking Club will host a 5 mile hike on Signal Mtn., tomorrow, Oct. 9, at 8:30 a.m. Meet at the Signal Mtn. CVS pharmacy. The hike will be over hilly single track with stream crossings, rock hopping and swinging bridges. Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots and bring plenty of water, snacks and a packed lunch. The group should be off the trail by 2 p.m.  

Southside Inspiration Run Oct. 11

The Southside Inspiration Run is a free, 3.5 mile urban run beginning at Inspire Chiropractic, 400 E. Main St., 6:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 11. Tour the Southside in your running shoes.  

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. 
 
RiverRocks Grand Finale and Block Party Oct. 12
The Grand Finale of this year's RiverRocks Festival will take place on the 200 block of Broad St. in front of the Block, featuring live music, mountain bike stunts, multi-media shows and hot air balloons (weather permitting). All entertainment is free, so nab your table at an area outdoor restaurant early.

 

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. 
 
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

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. 

News
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. 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. 
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Hike Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Most Improved Trail: Forney Ridge

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School Board Delays Decision On Big-Ticket Health Insurance Item For 1 Week

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to delay a vote on a new insurance plan for employees until next Thursday. Sandy Hughes, president of the Hamilton County Education Association, said, "I have a difficult time trying to think of what priority in spending is more important than the well-being of your employees and their children...You've not given us enough ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Westview Elementary Rampage Under Treatment At Moccasin Bend

The 22-year-old charged with a rampage through Westview Elementary School is under treatment at Moccasin Bend Psychiatric Hospital, officials said. Aaron Roden had been set for his first court appearance on Thursday morning. Attorney Allen Dunn of the public defender's office said the hearing needed to be delayed. A status court appearance will be Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Sheriff ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Coaches Vs. ‘Top 25’ Foes

The long-accepted measuring stick for a college football coach has been his win-loss record, with an after-glance at his win-loss record within his conference. But in Wednesday’s editions of the Wall Street Journal, writer David Everson, with the help of Stats LLC, used a much-tougher litmus test when he revealed the records of 65 major-college coaches against opponents that were ... (click for more)