Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Events:

Kayak Adventure Changes for July 13 & 14

We have cancelled our Downtown Kayak Adventure for this coming Sat.

, July 13, due to exceedingly high current on the TN River. Our July 14 trip will happen above Chickamauga Dam, around the islands of Harrison Bay, at 9 a.m., beginning at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. To learn more or reserve a spot, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Web Hit(s) of the Week
Go to the Tennessee Valley Authority's Reservoir Information page to check water levels. Watch this amazing WRCB-TV video of a swiftwater rescue on the Piney River lto see what could happen if you don't pay attention.

Last Week's Web Hit

Green Trips is here!

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events and Activities 

Rapid Learning Resumes July 10

Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Program will resume weekly roll practices this Wed., July 10, with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m., at Chester Frost County Park. Come learn the basic skills that you need to start whitewater kayaking. Your first visit is free. All equipment and instruction included.  

Magnificent Raptors: a Free Presentation July 20

The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center will present Magnificent Raptors, a free family presentation on Sat., July 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Bring the whole family to learn about our regional birds of prey and meet a few of the locals. It's free. Email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888 to learn more.

Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour July 20

Join Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park for a special interpretive tour by bicycle of Chickamauga Battlefield on Sat., July 20, 9:30 a.m., beginning at the Battlefield Visitors Center in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. Adults and kids ages 8 and older are welcome to join the leisurely tour. Bring your own bicycle or borrow one from the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga's Mobile Bicycle Fleet. Call (706) 866-9241 to borrow a bike. To learn more about the tour, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

Community Events and Activities 

Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon July 14

The Chattanooga Track Club and Team Magic partner to produce one of the best triathlons in the U.S. at the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon on Sun., July 14, beginning at 7 a.m. Spectators can best watch the swimming, cycling and running action from the Walnut St. Bridge or Ross' Landing.

Learn To Row Clinic July 15-27

The Lookout Rowing Club will host a 10 day Learn to Row Clinic beginning Mon., July 15 and ending Sat., July 27. Students will learn all the basic beginner skills in two hour sessions, evenings during the week, mornings on the weekends. Cost is $200 and includes all equipment, instruction and class fee goes towards a year's membership in the club. To register or learn more, email Diane Moore or call (423) 718-8685

Mountain Bike Camp at Enterprise South July 15-19
Hamilton County Parks and Recreation will host a mountain biking camp for kids ages 9-15, Mon. - Fri., July 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Enterprise South Nature Park. Kids will learn basic singletrack mountain biking skills on the Nature Park's trails. Cost is $90 for the week and all participants must have their own bike (preferably a mountain bike) and helmet, and bring their own lunches. All participating kids should be able to comfortably ride a bicycle without training wheels or other assistance. Preregistration is required. Call the Parks and Recreation programming office at (423) 842-6748 to register. 

More Upcoming Events


             YMCA Strong Adventure Race
11         Cannonball Charge
17         Chattanooga Mud Run
31         Raft for the Cure 


7           Paddle for the Cure 
8           Iron Jr. Triathlon

4-12       River Rocks Chattanooga
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump
6            Sequatchie Valley Century
20          7 Bridges Marathon

2-3         Head of the Hooch

Claire Henley: Adventures West (Surprise Guests At The Forestry Camp)

(Editor's Note: Chattanoogan Claire Henley started an adventure of a lifetime on the remote Pacific Crest Trail in April. Along the way, she had many adventures and found herself a husband named Big Spoon). “When the road gets dark/ And you can no longer see/ Just let my love throw a spark/ And have a little faith in me.” -John Hiatt, “Have a Little Faith in Me” It was ... (click for more)

Claire Henley: Adventures West (Through My Eyes - A Perspective From Caleb Miller "Big Spoon")

(Editor's Note: Chattanoogan Claire Henley started an adventure of a lifetime on the remote Pacific Crest Trail in April. Along the way, she had many adventures and found herself a husband named Big Spoon). Please enjoy this special post written by Clair's husband, Caleb Miller (aka Big Spoon). “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself ... (click for more)

Planning Commission Votes 6-5 To Reject 7-Story Apartment Building On Cowart Street

After lengthy discussion on Monday before the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission, historical neighborhood advocates won a victory in the Southside area when the commission narrowly rejected a request to allow developers to build a seven-story apartment building on the 1200 block of Cowart Street.   The Belle Investment Co. & BYD Coward, ... (click for more)

Charges Upgraded Against Avery To Murder After Victim of Chair Leg Attack At Moccasin Bend Dies

Charges have been upgraded to murder against Leviticus Avery, 37, after a man he allegedly attacked with a chair leg has died. Avery initially was charged with aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder in the incident last Thursday at the Moccasin Bend Mental Health facility. Kevin Green, 38, remained in critical condition until he died. He was struck in ... (click for more)

Ole Man River Just Keeps Rollin

Citizens are hearing yet another new chapter in Chattanooga’s 21st Century Riverfront concrete repair saga. It seems it will require more repair, more delays and more tax dollars to do it. When will it end? Construction of the Riverfront concrete structures began in 2003. Before it was finished, designers, engineers, contractors, Public Works officials, Mayor Littlefield and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It Was Our Tool Shed

Some said the huge beams had been soaking in creosote for two or three years when the men finally stacked them to dry. They were long, about 20 feet each, and thick – maybe eight inches. I remember they were 14 inches wide but the biggest thing I remember was that it was the ugliest lumber I ever saw. They cured the beams for one entire hot summer in the Tool Shed, a huge building ... (click for more)