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

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)