Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Street Smarts Cycling Class Nov. 13

Scared of riding that Bike Chattanooga bicycle in downtown traffic? Come to Outdoor Chattanooga on Wed., Nov. 13, 6 p.m., at our Coolidge Park facility, 200 River St., for Street Smarts.

We'll share rules of the road and some helpful tips for being a confident and safer road cyclist. No reservations required. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.  

*Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice to Resume Dec. 1
Southern Adventist University's Hulsey Wellness Center will host our weekly Rapid Learning Kayak Skills practice for the remainder of the winter, on the first and second Tues. of each month, Dec. - April, 2014, from 7-9 p.m. For a full schedule and details, visit our Rapid Learning Web page or visit us on Facebook

Featured Community Event  

Lookout Mtn. Hike with Coltin Calloway Nov. 16
Filmmaker and Appalachian Trail through hiker Coltin Calloway ("Climb to Katahdin") will host a 3-mile day hike on Lookout Mtn. on Sat., Nov. 16, 10 a.m., beginning at Craven's House. The round trip hike to Sunset Rock will include a good climb and some rocky trail surface, so wear hiking boots or very sturdy shoes. No reservations necessary. Bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, email co-host Nancy Packard.  

More Community Events 

Ales for Trails Nov. 16

The Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) will host their annual fundriaser, Ales for Trails, on Sat., Nov. 16, from 6-9 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga. Funds raised support SORBA's trail building and maintenance projects in areas like Raccoon Mtn., Stringers Ridge and the Enterprise South Nature Park.

Running with Sasquatch 5K Trail Run Nov. 16
Ivy Academy in Soddy-Daisy is the beneficiary for the Running with Sasquatch 5KDon't want to run? Hiking is an option.

Beginner Trail Running Workshop at CA&NC Nov. 16
Kris and Randy Whorton of Wild Trails will host this 10 a.m. workshop at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center.The workshop will cover the basics for getting started. The workshop is free with a CA&NC admission.

Walking the Civil War on Moccasin Bend Nov. 16
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a guided history walk on the newly restored section of the Old Federal Rd. on Sat., Nov. 16, from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The topic will be Federal troops' efforts to reopen the TN River at Brown's Ferry.

Friends of Stringers Ridge Launch Meeting Nov. 21
The Friends of Stringers Ridge will host an organizational meeting on Thurs., Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m., at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Interested members of the public are invited to learn and participate in the long term plans of helping to maintain our newest City park. To learn more, email organizer Jim Johnson.

Lookout Mtn. Guild Trail Hike Nov. 23
The Chattanooga Trekkers will host a family hike on Lookout Mtn.'s Guild Trail on Sat., Nov 23, beginning at 12 noon from the Guild Trailhead behind Ruby Falls. The group will hike 2-3 miles of the old rail line, which runs up the side of the mountain. An RSVP is required. To learn more, email hike leader Valerie Radu or call (423) 503-2318 .

150th Anniversary of Battles for Chattanooga Nov. 23-27
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park will host a variety of activities and programs to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga during the Civil War. Among the events will be living history programs and walking tours.
Rumble in the Riding Nov. 23
The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center will host Rumble in the Riding on Sat., Nov. 23, as a part of the 15th anniversary celebration of the Civil War Battles for Chattanooga. The authentic Civil War encampment will enclude signaling demonstrations, historic music and a special BBQ luncheon.

Free for Life 5K Nov. 23
The Free for Life 5K happens at the Tennessee Riverpark's pavilion #3 on Sat., Nov. 23, 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Free for Life, an international organization that works against human trafficking.

Web Hit(s) of the Week 
Your Outdoor Family highlights Southeastern TN natural areas, conservation issues, and places to take the whole family to play.
Last Week's Web Hit
Clay Targets Online is a good resource for finding area skeet, trap, sporting clay and other shooting sport resources.

More Upcoming Events

November, 2013 

28           Stuffing Strut
              Sportsbarn Turkey Trot

              Grateful Gobbler Walk

December, 2013
6           Funky Monkey Night Run 
7            Candy Cane Dash 5K
             Glow Zoom 5K
             Run, Run Rudolph 5K
16          Jingle Bell Jog 5K
21          Wauhatchie Trail Run

31          Karen Lawrence Run for St. Jude



22         Scenic City Half Marathon, 5K and Charity Challenge


22         Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race


12         Father/Son 5K

26         Scenic City Trail Marathon


24-26   V.W. USA Cycling Pro Road and Time Trial National Championships


7          National Trails Day

13-15   Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race


9          Still Hollow Trail Race


28        Ironman Chattanooga 


4          Rock/Creek Stump Jump


1           Upchuck 50K


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)

First Young Sportsman Deer Hunt Is Oct. 29-30

he first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2016-17 season will be held the weekend of Oct. 29-30.  Youth ages 6-16 years of age may participate. Participating youth can use gun, muzzleloader, and archery equipment.  Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 or older who must remain in position to take immediate control of the ... (click for more)

Domestic Assault Charge Dismissed Against Bobby Stone In Case Involving Mayor's Top Advisor; Stone Says Berke Had Inappropriate Relationship With His Wife; Says Berke And Fletcher Conspired To Arrest Him; Lacie Stone Says Charges Completely False

A charge of domestic assault was dismissed Friday morning against Bobby Stone in a case involving a top advisor to Mayor Andy Berke.  Afterward, Mr. Stone told reporters that the mayor had an inappropriate relationship with his wife, Lacie Stone. He also charged that Mayor Berke and Police Chief Fred Fletcher conspired to arrest him. Mr. Stone is expected to file ... (click for more)

Firefighters Respond To Residential Fires Friday Night, Early Saturday Morning

Chattanooga firefighters responded to two fires Friday night and early Saturday morning. The first fire occurred around 11 p.m. Friday and was located at 7128 Lea Road. The fire reportedly started in the kitchen, but was spreading rapidly. The Chattanooga Fire Department initially responded with four fire companies.  Captain Andre Dean with Quint 21 said ... (click for more)

Bobby Stone, Is It Really A Win? - And Response

It brought a smile to my face this morning when I saw where the case was thrown out of court against Mr. Stone and the domestic violence charge.  I have supported his cause from the beginning, but I do feel heartbreak because his personal life had to be tossed out there for all of us to see.   I truly hope and pray things turn around for him and his wife, while I feel ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Kelly Could Win It

I am neither a sleuth nor an odds maker but I’d say there is about a one-in-three chance that Interim Hamilton County Department of Education Superintendent Kirk Kelly could become the permanent superintendent of our public schools next Thursday. I am assured something squirrelly is happening on our newly-seated school board. It has been seven months since the last superintendent ... (click for more)