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


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)

Christopher Padgett Taken Into Custody

A Chattanooga man who went on the lam after cutting off his ankle monitor and failing to show up for the third day of his felony murder trial is back in custody. Christopher Padgett was arrested by Chattanooga Police in the 3200 block of South Street at 12:55 a.m.  He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Hamilton County Jail for booking. ... (click for more)

Bobby Stone, Is It Really A Win?

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)