Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event  

*Camp Chair Cinema: "Wild Bill's Run" Jan. 10 

The Lookout Wild Film Festival will partner with Outdoor Chattanooga for a free public screening of

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More Outdoor Chattanooga Events

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice Resumes Jan. 7 & 14, 2014

Southern Adventist University's Hulsey Wellness Center will host our 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 Jan. 7 & 14. 

Featured Community Event(s) 
*First Day Hikes Jan. 1-5, 2014
State Parks in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia will be hosting First Day Hikes on Jan. 1, 2014 to help outdoor enthusiasts ring in the new year. Hikes range from 1 mile family strolls to 6 mile adventures.


Chattanooga Named Runner Friendly Community 

The Road Runners Club of America has designated Chattanooga as an "Outstanding Runner Friendly Community." This means that our community and City government does a good job supporting runners and running events. Congratulations, Chattanooga!

Land Trust for TN Conserves 6,200 Acres Near Fiery Gizzard

After years of hard work, the Land Trust for Tennessee has purchased and protected 6,200 acres around the Fiery Gizzard in South Cumberland State Park. With the help of the Conservation Fund and the Friends of South Cumberland, they raised $8.1 million to purchase the land. 

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 

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. 

Karen Lawrence Run for St. Jude Dec. 31
Celebrate New Year's with a four mile downtown run to raise money for sick children at the annual Karen Lawrence Run for St. Jude


More Upcoming Events


30          Wild Edibles: Eat the Weeds in Your Back Yard


22          Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race


12          Father/Son 5K
3           3State/3Mountain Challenge

24-26     V.W. USA Cycling Pro Road and Time Trial National Championships


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)