Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, October 8, 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. 

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. 

More Upcoming Events

October, 2013            

Tennessee Aquarium To Open Southeast's Only Independent Freshwater Science Center Oct. 27

The Tennessee Aquarium will open the Southeast’s only independent freshwater science center next Thursday at 10 a.m. This new home for the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute will be the base of operations for their research scientists, and a central location for other freshwater scientists to convene. (click for more)

TWRA Announces Availability Of Riparian Tree Planing Grants For 2017

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with riparian tree planting projects.  All seedlings must be purchased through the Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. Tree planting season in Tennessee is ... (click for more)

1 Shot And Killed In St. Elmo; 2nd Person Taken To Hospital

One person was shot and killed in St. Elmo. Another person was taken to the hospital. The person transported was driving a Lincoln that was behind the church off of Virginia Avenue. A possible suspect was in the Lincoln. Neighbors said that car stayed where the crime scene is. More information to follow. (click for more)

6 People, Including 4 Children, Die In Mobile Home Fire In Trion, Ga.

Six people, including four children, died in a mobile home fire at Trion, Ga., on Sunday night. The fire broke out on Airport Road in Chattooga County. Sheriff Mark Schrader said, "It is with a heavy heart tonight that I report that a residential fire has claimed the lives of six people, two adults and four children. The fire occurred around 11:00 p.m. in the Airport subdivision, ... (click for more)

Where Is The Speed Control On Our Highways? - And Response (3)

I am teaching my 15-year-old to drive in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. I have warned her of the dangers of exceeding the speed limit both as a hazard to herself and in terms of receiving a ticket. What a liar I am.  Have you driven on the local freeways and highways recently? I never see any highway patrolmen helping to reduce speeding or pulling over those who ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)