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


Water Fowl Seasons To Be Set, Presentation Of Fishing Proposals On TFWC August Agenda

The 2014-15 state waterfowl hunting seasons and a preview of next year’s sport and commercial fishing proclamations will be among the agenda items for the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission at its August meeting. The meeting will be held Aug. 28-29 (Thursday-Friday) at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials ... (click for more)

Hike Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Most Improved Trail: Forney Ridge

Soak up vistas from the highest peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Clingmans Dome, on the September Classic Hike of the Smokies. Hikers will also enjoy the fruits of the Smokies Trails Forever program as they walk above the clouds along the reconstructed Forney Ridge Trail.  Hiking guide and author Danny Bernstein will lead this Friends of the Smokies hike on Tuesday, ... (click for more)

School Board Delays Decision On Big-Ticket Health Insurance Item For 1 Week

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to delay a vote on a new insurance plan for employees until next Thursday. Sandy Hughes, president of the Hamilton County Education Association, said, "I have a difficult time trying to think of what priority in spending is more important than the well-being of your employees and their children...You've not given us enough ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Westview Elementary Rampage Under Treatment At Moccasin Bend

The 22-year-old charged with a rampage through Westview Elementary School is under treatment at Moccasin Bend Psychiatric Hospital, officials said. Aaron Roden had been set for his first court appearance on Thursday morning. Attorney Allen Dunn of the public defender's office said the hearing needed to be delayed. A status court appearance will be Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Sheriff ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s ‘Pay It Forward’

At 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, this at a Starbucks coffee store located at 2186 Tyrone Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Fla.,  an unidentified woman who was first in line at the drive-through window, politely told the drive-through window clerk she would like to “pay it forward.” The clerk checked the next order – it was a caramel macchiato – and the first customer paid for both her ... (click for more)