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.
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.