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.


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.

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



22        Scenic City Half Marathon, 5K and Charity Challenge



12         Father/Son 5K


3           3State/3Mountain Challenge


7          National Trails Day


9          Still Hollow Trail Race


28         Ironman Chattanooga


4          Rock/Creek Stump Jump


1          Upchuck 50K


Lula Lake Land Trust Welcomes New Director Of Development And Communications

Lula Lake Land Trust announced Tuesday that Matthew Hubbard has joined the staff as the director of development and communications. Mr. Hubbard joins Lula Lake after seven years in nonprofit development. He graduated with a B.S. in marketing from Jacksonville State University and holds additional degrees in English and psychology.   As a native of Northeast Alabama, Mr. ... (click for more)

Southern Environmental Law Center Files Lawsuit Against Forest Service

The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Knoxville attorney Shelby Ward, on behalf of Heartwood and Tennessee Heartwood, jointly filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday, alleging that the Forest Service is illegally endangering the soil, forests, and waters of the Cherokee National Forest and hiding those risks from the ... (click for more)

City May Make It Easier For Food Trucks To Operate In Chattanooga

The City Council is considering action that would make it easier for food trucks to operate in Chattanooga.  City Attorney Wade Hinton said cities like Austin and Portland have thriving food truck operations and Chattanooga is studying those models. He said, "It's truly an industry there." He said a 2013 food truck ordinance was limited and did not allow food trucks on ... (click for more)

Magistrate Says She Was Fired Because Philyaw Did Not Want To Be Seen With Someone Openly Gay

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court said she was fired because Judge Rob Philyaw and Court Administrator Sam Mairs "wanted me gone because I was openly gay." County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said Elizabeth Gentzler was not the only gay at Juvenile Court and Hamilton County government, indicating that may be part of the county's defense. Attorney Stuart James, representing Ms. ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

I’ve been reading about the panhandling problem in downtown; it is a huge problem in the Gunbarrel area, too.  It’s commonplace to be accosted by panhandlers when walking from your parked car into a commercial establishment.  And often they are aggressive.  I look carefully around my car before getting out, but sometimes someone will be lurking in between cars and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sheriff’s Request

Jim Hammond will talk to members of the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon and, just like any police officer in the United States, he will request that everybody “stay in their own lane.” Some school board members tend to believe they need to help decide the best methods of protecting our children. They believe this is one of the things they were elected to do in ... (click for more)