Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice 

With the summer heat settling in, now is the time to try rolling a kayak 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!   

Downtown Kayak Adventures for Aug. 10 & 11, 17 & 18

Our Downtown Kayak Adventures only run for three more weekends, so book your trip now! Get your kayaking on before school starts. To learn more or reserve a spot, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour Aug. 17
Bring your bicycle to Chickamauga Battlefield for this special guided interpretive tour on Sat., Aug. 17, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Battlefield Visitors Center. A National Park Service interpretive ranger will tell stories from the Battle of Chickamauga. Adults and kids ages 8 and older are welcome. Helmets are required for all riders. To borrow a bicycle, call the Battlefield Visitors Center at (706) 866-9241.


River Rocks Becomes RiverRox Games Oct. 2-13

The Chattanooga River Rocks Festival will change format for 2013, becoming the RiverRox Adventure Sports Games, happening Oct. 2-13. The focus of the 11 day event will be land and water based competitions to attract the world's best athletes. Included in the events are the Swim the Suck 10 Mile, Triple Crown Bouldering Comp, the Chattanooga Head Race and the Rock/Creek Stump Jump. 

Featured Community Event

Volunteer for the Tennessee River Rescue - 25th Anniversary Oct. 5

It's not too soon to think about volunteering your time to help with Chattanooga's signature outdoor stewardship event, the TN River Rescue, happening Sat., Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Individuals, church groups, scouting troops and neighborhood associations can all register to help clean up a portion of the TN River watershed. This year's goal is to have 25 work zones, encompassing Bradley, Hamilton and Marion counties, to celebrate 25 years. To volunteer or sponsor, email the TN River Rescue or call Christine Bock at (423) 785-4024 or Nancy Brice at (423) 413-0700.  

Community Events

East TN River Valley Geotourism Conference Aug. 15 

Early Registration Deadline: Aug. 8

The E. TN River Valley Geotourism Council, National Geographic and the Southeast Watershed Forum will host the area's first Geotourism Conference at the Chattanooga Marriott on Thurs., Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guest speakers from the National Geographic Society, Austin-Lehman Adventures and regional tourism agencies like Outdoor Chattanooga, Outdoor Knoxville and Cooper Basin will share success stories and strategies for developing geotourism in the SE TN region. Cost is $75 if registered by Aug. 8, $95 after. Register Online. To learn more, email Jane Fowler or call (865) 450-5188.

Register for the Chattanooga Mud Run Aug. 17
Don't wait to register for the Chattanooga Mud Run to benefit Habitat for Humantiy on Aug. 17. Spots are filling fast! 

Saturday, Aug. 10

The Still Hollow Trail Race continues Rock/Creek's great trail running tradition at Enterprise South with a 1/2 marathon and 10K.  

The 40th running of the Missionary Ridge Road Race will raise funds for the American Red Cross and Team Bruner Scholarships.

The YMCA Strong Adventure Race  is cancelled for 2013. Keep your eye on the Camp Ocoee Website for future races.

Sunday, Aug. 11
The Cannonball Charge Triathlon is the only pool swim tri in the Chattanooga area and offers good courses for the beginner triathlete. 

Saturday, Aug. 17
L2Boards will host the Ocoee Classic SUP Race, at the Cherokee National Forest's Parksville Lake Beach. The race features beginner and elite courses. 

Web Hit(s) of the Week

The Lula Lake Land Trust has a new site. Learn about their open gate days and how they protect the Rock Creek watershed on Lookout Mtn.

Last Week's Web Hit

The new Dixie Cragger's Atlas is out. Volume One is devoted to Metro Chattanooga.  


More Upcoming Events


31            Raft for the Cure 
7               Paddle for the Cure 
                 Little Cedar Mountain Hike
                 Stringers Ridge Grand Opening
8               Iron Jr. Triathlon
14             Open Arms Care Ride to Provide
20            Park(ing) Day
                5K Costume Run and Family Fun Day
29            Komen Race for the Cure

2-13       RiverRox Adventure Sports Games
5            Tennessee River Rescue 
              Rock/Creek Stump Jump
6            Sequatchie Valley Century
12          Swim the Suck
20          7 Bridges Marathon
26          Chattajack 31

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

Claire Henley: Adventures West (A Change Of Direction: Part 1)

(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). “But you can make choices and change your present circumstances. You can alter your future.” -Dan Millman,  Way of the Peaceful Warrior The 103-mile stretch from ... (click for more)

Claire Henley: Adventures West (Luxury In Lake Tahoe)

(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). As we stood on the side of Highway 50, our arms extended and thumbs raised in an effort to get a ride back to the trailhead at Echo Lake, I reflected on the past few days ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Putting World Class Guitar Collection On Display At The Choo Choo

A world class guitar collection is set to go on display permanently at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. "Songbirds," which is built around the collection of Lookout Mountain businessman Thorpe McKenzie, was introduced to the public on Thursday night. Invited guests at the Choo Choo heard Nashville guitar star Doyle Dykes perform in the Choo Choo's new Revelry Room. He played some ... (click for more)

Father Killed By Train Just After Pushing Daughter To Safety In East Brainerd

A 31-year-old man was killed just after he pushed his 10-year-old daughter to safety in an encounter with a train on a trestle in East Brainerd on Thursday afternoon. Police said two pedestrians were walking on the train tracks on a trestle at Audubon Acres when a train came around a bend and struck one of them. Justin McCary was struck by the train as he pushed ... (click for more)

Regulations As A Whole On Signal Mountain

A few years ago I was flying over Chattanooga on my way to Atlanta.  The sun had just come up and I enjoyed picking out Signal Mountain’s location, on Walden’s Ridge, in the morning light.  What was amazing was that I could not tell that a town existed under the tree canopy.  I hope that the same can be said 10, 20, or even 50 years from now.  During last ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Must Learn To Tell

On July 4th of this year, FBI agents – acting on a tip -- arrested Alexander Ciccolo, a 23-year-old with known mental problems, as he carried a duffel bag full of automatic-attack weapons. Moments before, he had bought the illegal firearms from an undercover informant outside of Boston. As agents later scoured his apartment, they found bomb-making equipment including a pressure ... (click for more)