Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:


Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event  

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice Continues Tonight, Dec. 10

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. That means' we're paddling tonight! 

Featured Community Event(s) 

Fiery Gizzard Day Hike Dec. 15
South Cumberland State Park will host a 4 mile round trip hike to Sycamore Falls on the Fiery Gizzard Trail on Sun., Dec. 15, 1 p.m., CST. The moderately strenuous hike will focus on the geology and winter wildlife of the Fiery Gizzard area. Call 931-924-2980 for directions to the hike start.

News

Registration Open for TN Bike Summit May 14-17
The 3rd annual TN Bike Summit will happen May 14-17, 2014 in Nashville. Among this year's guest speakers will be Jim Sayer, E.D. of the Adventure Cycling Assoc., Kim Wiley-Schwartz, Asst. Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Transportation, and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. Registration is now open.

More Community Events 

Family Hike at Cloudland Canyon Dec. 14

The Chattanooga Trekkers will host a group hike on the West Rim Loop Trail of Georgia's Cloudland Canyon State Park on Sat., Dec. 14, beginning at 12 noon. The 4.8 mile loop runs around the edge of the canyon, with a couple of good climbs. An RSVP is required. To learn more, email hike leader Valerie Radu.

Run, Run Rudolph 5K Dec. 14

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program will benefit from the Run, Run Rudolph 5K, starting from Coolidge Park at 8 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 14. 

TBRA State Cyclocross Championships at Greenway Farm Dec. 14

The TN Bicycle Racing Assoc. will host the state cyclocross championships at the City of Chattanooga's Greenway Farm Park in Hixson, on Sat., Dec. 14, with racing going on from 11 a.m. to  3:30 p.m. Expect lots of muddy, sandy, sweaty cycling, tumbling and running with bicycles. 

Jingle Bell Jog 5K Dec. 16

The downtown Chattanooga YMCA will host the family, 5K Jingle Bell Jog on Mon., Dec. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. Each registered jogger gets a jingly t-shirt. 

Wauhatchie Trail Run Dec. 21

Hosted by the Chattanooga Track Club, this 6.7 mile trail run is a winter institution. Expect rocky, rough trail, steep inclines and the myriad of other challenges that come with running on the side of Lookout Mtn. 

Web Hit(s) of the Week 

This excellent video by Rob Leines on Suck Creek, courtesy of Walden's Ridge Whitewater, shows why creek boating is only for the superbly fit and skilled. 

Last Week's Web Hit

10 Things I've Learned about Mountain Biking
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More Upcoming Events

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April

12         Father/Son 5K

May

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


Appalachian Trail Produces Deer Poacher And Lost Dog

TWRA wildlife officers working along the Appalachian Trail in the Cherokee National Forest near Butler charged a hunter with violations related to illegal deer hunting, then rescued a lost family pet in the same area.  Carter County Wildlife Officer Dennis Ward has documented illegal ATV tracks on Iron Mountain for several years, and while scouting out the area this year, ... (click for more)

Low Water Levels Increase Boating Hazard

With the statewide duck season set to open, winter angling opportunities and those recreational boaters withstanding colder temperatures to continue enjoying their sport, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) reminds boaters of  increased hazards in areas with low water levels. Above average temperatures and below average rainfall throughout the year has affected water ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Council Looking Into Taking Over Schools

A new group of Signal Mountain Town Council members is looking into taking over county schools within the town boundaries.   Two newly elected board members, Amy Speek and Dan Landrum, joined the council Friday afternoon at the first work session after the election. The election of mayor and vice mayor for the next two years came first on the agenda. Dick Gee, mayor ... (click for more)

Curtis Coleman Sentenced To 144 Months For Dealing Heroin

Curtis Allen Coleman, 41, of Dayton, Ohio, was sentenced to serve 144 months in prison by Federal Judge Travis R. McDonough for heroin distribution in Chattanooga. Coleman pleaded guilty in August to a federal indictment charging him with, among other things, conspiracy to distribute heroin.  According to information on file with the United States District ... (click for more)

Tennessee River Gorge Trust Trail Warriors Make You Want To Take A Hike

Trail warriors of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust make you want to take a hike.  The Tennessee River Gorge Trust staff and volunteers make a huge difference in the Chattanooga community and have been making the outdoor areas around the River Gorge clean and protected for more than 30 years.  They deserve to be recognized and praised for all of the hard work they have ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why Our Schools Stink

Cheryl Roddy has spent her lifetime, for the biggest part, as a teacher for the Hamilton County Department of Education and, more specifically, at East Ridge High School. She has loved teaching there for nearly 40 years and is hardly “average;” she has her master's degree in education, was twice East Ridge’s teacher of the year, was the first teacher at East Ridge to reach the first ... (click for more)