Chattanooga Outdoor Events Aug. 20-Sept. 3

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event 
*Little Cedar Mtn.
Hike Sept. 7
The Nickajack Naturalist will partner with Outdoor Chattanooga for a free, guided hike of TVA's Little Cedar Mtn. on Sat., Sept. 7, at 9:30 a.m. The slow, moderately difficult 3.5 mile hike will offer many opportunities to learn about the mountain's native wildlife and view spectacular overlooks of Nickajack Lake and the surrounding mountains. Preregistration is required. To learn more and register, email or call hike leader Bob Butters at (423) 991-1548.
 

Outdoor Chattanooga Events 

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice 

We're still rockin' and rollin' with our Rapid Learning Whitewater Program. We're at Chester Frost Park every Wed. with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m. Your first visit is free! Come on out and give it a try. Drop us an email or call (423) 643-6888 for more information.

*Bike2Work Breakfast Sept. 6

We'll be joined by Green Trips Chattanooga at our monthly Bike2Work Breakfast, happening Fri., Sept. 6, from 7 - 8:30 a.m. on the S. end of the Walnut St. Bridge. Join us for Velo Coffee, fresh breakfast from Whole Foods and prizes from River City Bicycles. Green Trips will have information about their incentives for walking, biking, riding the bus and carpooling to work. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.  

 

*Bike Chattanooga Discount Day at the Chattanooga Market Sept. 8

Visit Bike Chattanooga at the Chattanooga Market, Sun., Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and get a new or renewed yearly membership for $50. Then go for a ride! The nearest station is right across the street from the Market.

 

*TN River Gorge Moonlight Kayak Sept. 19
Join us for a special float through the heart of the TN River Gorge by moonlight onThurs., Sept. 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the gorge at night. We'll provide all the equipment and the guides. Cost is $35 per person. Reservations are required. Adults only, please. Email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888 to make your reservations.

*Park(ing) Day Sept. 20 - Sign up now!
Turn a parking space into a park to celebrate Park(ing) Day in Chattanooga. Dozens of parking spots will morph into public parks, featuring everything from piano lounges to nature preserves. Any artist, designer, organization, business, church, etc. can do it. Email Paige Southard at the River City Company or call(423) 265-3700 to learn about participating. 

 

Featured Community Events
Stringers Ridge Grand Opening Sept. 7Stringers Ridge
The City of Chattanooga Parks Dept.The Trust for Public Land and the TN River Gorge Trust invite the public to the grand opening celebration for the new Stringers Ridge trail system on Sat., Sept. 7, 10:30 a.m., at theSpears Ave. trail head on downtown Chattanooga's North Shore. Explore close to 8 miles of new trail and a spectacular new downtown overlook.
 
*Paddle for the Cure 5K Sept. 7
Bring your kayak, canoe, raft, rowboat, shell or SUP to Ross' Landing and join L2Boards for Paddle for the Cure on Sat., Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. The 5K fundraiser will be a group paddle up and around Maclellan Island on the TN River, followed by free music from Seven Handle Circus, food and assorted beverages at the Riverfront Nights Summer Music Series concert. Early registration discounts apply.

More Community Events 
*Fee Free Founders Day at Point Park Aug. 25
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will join other fee based National Parks in offering a fee free day at Point Park on Sun., Aug. 25, in honor of the National Park Service's 97th birthday. The public is invited to participate in programs and enjoy Lookout Mountain vistas. For more information, call the Lookout Mtn. Battlefield Visitors Center at (423) 821-7786.

*Raft for the Cure Aug. 31
Raft the Ocoee, Nantahala, Pigeon or Chattooga River with Wildwater on Sat., Aug. 31 and a portion of your ticket goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 

*Iron Jr. Triathlon Sept. 8
Young triathletes ages 13 and younger can compete in the Iron Jr. Triathlon, happening Sun., Sept. 8 at the Sports Barn North, 1790 Hamill Rd. in Hixson. Competitions are geared to specific age groups: 9-13, 6-8 and 5 and under.  

News
*Mountain Goat Trail Alliance Receives $200K RTP Grant
The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance in Monteagle, TN announced yesterday that they have received $200,000 in Recreation Trails Program funding from the TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation. The money will be used to build approximately two miles of trail in Grundy County. Congratulations, MGT!!!

*National Journal Features Chattanooga in Series of Articles
The National Journal is featuring Chattanooga in a week long blog series called America 360. Feature articles include an interview with our boss, Mayor Andy Berke, about developing our local high tech economy and the revitalization of our downtown and the Tennessee River. Why do we like these articles? Both point to the outdoors as a positive factor for Chattanooga's economic growth. 

 

Web Hit(s) of the Week

The urban cycling Cycle of Life.

 

Last Week's Web Hit

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust's new site goes into detail about TRGT projects like Stringers Ridge and also offers maps and details on exploring protected lands in the gorge by foot and bicycle, or by car or boat

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More Upcoming Events

September, 2013 

20          Park(ing) Day
29          Komen Race for the Cure

October, 2013
2-13       RiverRox Adventure Sports Games
3           *Over the Edge
5           Tennessee River Rescue 
             Rock/Creek Stump Jump
             *RiverRocks Canoe and Kayak Race
6            Sequatchie Valley Century
12          Swim the Suck
             *Urban Nature 10K
             *Five Points Fifty
20          7 Bridges Marathon
26          Chattajack 31

November, 2013
2-3         Head of the Hooch
19          Guild/Hardy Trail Race
  

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