Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event  

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice to Resume Dec. 3

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 (s) 

Come Out and Play on Thanksgiving Day  - Thurs., Nov. 28    

The Grateful Gobbler starts at Coolidge Park, 8 a.m., to benefit Chattanooga's homeless population.

The Turkey Trot offers an 8K run, 3 mile walk or 1 mile fun run in downtown Chattanooga, starting at 9 a.m.

The Stuffing Strut 5K Run/Walk at Chester Frost Park benefits charitable organizations that serve N. Hamiltion County.

Holiday Gear Swap Dec. 7
The Gear Closet on Cherokee Blvd. will host a special holiday Gear Swap on Sat., Dec. 7, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at their store, 535 Cherokee Blvd. Those needing outdoor gear and wanting to get rid of outdoor gear should attend. Swap, sell, trade. Table spaces are $10 and all proceeds benefit Tenne-SEA's clean water programs.

News

Large Game Hunts in GA and AL

In addition to large game gun season opening in TN this week, neighboring states are also open to hunting with firearms. Georgia's large game gun season (deer and bear) opened on Oct. 19 and runs through Jan. 1. Alabama deer season opens this Sat., Nov. 23 and runs through Jan. 31.

Prentice Cooper S.F. Closed for Managed Deer Hunt Nov. 30-Dec. 5

A managed deer hunt will be held at Prentice Cooper State Forest, west of Hwy. 27, Nov. 30 - Dec. 5. The area will be closed to all but licensed hunters. The area east of Hwy. 27, including Edwards Point, will be open to the public.

More Community Events 

S. Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance Presentation Nov. 20

The S. Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance will welcome the TN American Water company to their monthly meeting this Wed., Nov. 20, 12 noon, at Wally's Restaurant in East Ridge. The public is welcome.

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. An RSVP is required. 

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. 

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.

Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail Hikes Nov. 23-Dec. 1
Georgia's Cloudland Canyon State Park will offer sneak preview hikes on the newest section of the Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail on Saturdays Nov. 23, 30, at 10 a.m. and Sundays, Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, at 11 a.m., beginning from the park's Interpretive Center. The hike is free, but a $5 GA State Parks parking fee applies.

Hike S. Chickamauga Creek Greenway w/ TN Wild Nov. 29
Burn off some Thanksgiving turkey with TN Wild on Fri., Nov. 29, 10 a.m., with a hike on the S. Chickamauga Creek Greenway. Meet at the TN Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Hwy. and the group will caravan over to Sterchi Farm park for the hike. Visit the TN Wild Meetup page to sign up. 

Web Hit(s) of the Week 
The TN Wildlife Resources Agency's interactive Hunting Guide is a comprehensive resource for everyone who wants to navigate hunting seasons.

Last Week's Web Hit

Your Outdoor Family highlights Southeastern TN natural areas, conservation issues, and places to take the whole family to play.
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More Upcoming Events

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

2014

January

22        Scenic City Half Marathon, 5K and Charity Challenge

March

April

12         Father/Son 5K

May

3           3State/3Mountain Challenge

June

7          National Trails Day

August

9          Still Hollow Trail Race

September

28         Ironman Chattanooga

October

4          Rock/Creek Stump Jump

November

1          Upchuck 50K

December


System For Reserving Camp Sites At Chester Frost Park Online Is On The Way

County officials said a system is being developed to allow members of the public to reserve coveted camp sites at the county's popular Chester Frost Park. County Mayor Jim Coppinger said the system has been working in tests by the county's IT department. A few final tests are underway. The county mayor said the system will avoid having applicants stand in line at the park. (click for more)

Alexander: Tennessee Receives $10 Million For Foothills Parkway To Improve Access To The Smokies

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that a $10 million federal transportation grant he supported will help complete a 16-mile section of the Foothills Parkway in Blount and Sevier counties, improving access to the federally owned and operated Great Smoky Mountains National Park and “enhancing tourism and economic development” in East Tennessee. “I grew up hiking, ... (click for more)

Baylor School Tennis Coach Charged With Buying Meth In Whitfield County, Ga.

A Baylor School tennis coach has been arrested on charges of buying meth in Whitfield County, Ga. Philip Johnson, 51, of Ooltewah, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with attempt or conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and use of a communication facilities during drug transactions. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Whiskey Company To Construct Large Distillery At Former Site Of Newton Chevrolet

The Chattanooga Whiskey Company has begun construction on a larger production distillery in the former Newton Chevrolet property at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Riverfront Parkway near the Tennessee River. Once fully operational, the Riverfront Parkway facility will be capable of producing upwards of 14 (53-gallon) barrels per day, making it one of the largest craft bourbon ... (click for more)

Judge Steelman Was Unfairly Criticized In Handling Of School Bus Driver Rape Case - And Response

We are blessed to have freedom of speech in our society, but I am always amazed at the number of folks who voice such strong antagonistic opinions about things without any apparent first-hand knowledge.   As any who wish to criticize the system should know, people get arrested and charged for criminal offenses every day.  The ultimate charge and penalty which results ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote For Rhonda Thurman

After studying the Hamilton County School Board quite harshly during the last seven most-tumultuous months in its history, it is only proper that I share my belief that Rhonda is its Most Valuable Player. Four of the school board’s nine members are up for re-election, with Rhonda facing capable opponents in Jason Moses and Dr. Patti Skates in District 1, but let’s never forget that ... (click for more)