Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice - Outdoors for three more weeks!

Our weekly Rapid Learning Whitewater Program continues outdoors at Chester Frost Park every Wed. with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m., through the end of September. Come on out and give it a try. Drop us an email or call (423) 643-6888 for more information. Stay tuned for news about a new winter practice location.

Park(ing) Day Sept. 20 - Come Park Yourself at Miller Park!

Outdoor Chattanooga and Bike Chattanooga will join a host of community businesses and organizations for Park(ing) Day, 2013 in Chattanooga on Fri., Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in various downtown locations. Stop by our campsite in front of Miller Park on Market St. and visit Bike Chattanooga for special subscription discounts. 

Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour Sept. 21

Join us for this special interpretive bicycle tour during the 150th anniversary week of the Battle for Chickamauga on Sat., Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m., beginning from the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitors Center. BYO-Bicycle or borrow one from the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga's Mobile Bicycle Fleet. Call the battlefield at (706) 866-9241 to reserve a bicycle. 

Fireside at Greenway Farm Begins Sept. 26

Outdoor Chattanooga will begin our free, weekly Fireside at Greenway campfire programs on Sept. 26 and continuing on Thursdays through Oct. 24, from 7-9 p.m., at the City of Chattanooga's Greenway Farm. Families are invited to bring blankets, camp chairs and marshmallows for roasting. Entertainment will include bluegrass, a string quartet and storytelling.

Open Canoeing at Greenway Farm Sept. 26-Oct. 24
Before the Fireside program, bring the kids for some canoeing on N. Chickamauga Creek from 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and all equipment is included. Kids younger than 5 should bring their own Coast Guard approved life jackets, and all children must be accompanied by adults.  

Featured Community Event

Bunker Buster II Youth Mountain Bike Race Sept. 14 
The TN Youth Mountain Bike Race series continues this Sat., Sept. 14, at Enterprise South Nature Park with the Bunker Buster II race, beginning at 10 a.m. Open to kids up to age 17, the event features age specific courses and short fun rides for children 6 and under. All participants must have a bicycle and helmet. Online registration closes on Fri., Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. To learn more, email event director Eric Pullen.  

More Community Events 

Sept. 14 

The Open Arms Care Ride to Provide offers 26 and 62 mile supported rides to benefit people with cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Sept. 15
The Southern 6(k) Trail Race and Kid K is a must for any budding trail racer, and benefits Southern Adventist University's Outdoor Leadership Program. 

Sept. 20-22
Reflection Riding's Fall Native Plant Sale is an autumn "must" for the community. Get there early and plan on taking advantage of the free Open House at the Nature Center.

Sept. 21        
The 5K Costume Run and Family Fun Day at Audubon Acres will benefit the Chattanooga Audubon Society.
The Raccoon Mtn. Round the Rim Run is a fast, scenic lap or two around the TVA Raccoon Mountain reservoir.


Kayakers' Amazing Feats!
All about kayakers: Local boys Clay Wright and Dane Jackson, won the gold at last weekend's Nantahala Gorge ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships. And wounded veteran Lonnie Bedwell completed the first kayak run of the Colorado river by a blind person with the help of Team River Runner. Contratulations, guys!

More Upcoming Events


29          Komen Race for the Cure

2-13       RiverRox Adventure Sports Games
3           Over the Edge
             Tennessee River Rescue 
             Rock/Creek Stump Jump
6            Sequatchie Valley Century
12          Swim the Suck
             Urban Nature 10K
             Five Points Fifty
20          7 Bridges Marathon
26          Chattajack 31
              Signal Mountain Pie Run

2-3         Head of the Hooch
              Running with Sasquatch 5K
19          Guild/Hardy Trail Race

23          Jingle Bell Run/Walk

December, 2013

21          Wauhatchie Trail Run

Star Party At Cloudland Canyon Set For April 7

A Star Party will be held at Cloudland Canyon State Park on Saturday, April 7. The event is sponsored by the staff and friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park and conducted by the Barnard Astronomical Society. The public is invited to come see the wonders of the night sky through the Society's telescopes.  On this night will be a third quarter moon so the sky will be ... (click for more)

2018 NASP State Championships Set For March 28-29 IN Murfreesboro

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host the National Archery in the Schools Program 12th annual state championships, March 28-29 in Murfreesboro. The NASP State Championships will be returning to the Tennessee Miller Coliseum for the ninth consecutive year. Close to 2,000 students representing more than 130 schools are expected to participate. "Many of the ... (click for more)

Alexander Says Chickamauga Lock Construction Fully Funded For 4th Consecutive Year

Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday said the government funding bill will fully fund construction of Chickamauga Lock for the fourth consecutive year, providing up to $78 million – which is more than twice the amount of funding the project received last year.   Senator Alexander said he has made completion of Chickamauga Lock one of his top priorities as chairman ... (click for more)

Former Juvenile Court Magistrate Says Gay Marriage Is "Nothing You Put In Air Quotes"

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court, who claims she was fired by Judge Rob Philyaw because she is openly gay, said Wednesday that gay marriage "is nothing you put in air quotes." She referred to County Attorney Rheubin Taylor asking her about her ceremony in marrying another woman and raising his hands to form quote marks. Elizabeth Gentzler is suing Hamilton County, Judge ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Famed Freitas Speech

Several weeks ago a member of the Virginia House of Delegates (that’s what Virginia calls the state legislature) stood up and before that body responded to a claim by a Democratic lawmaker that Republicans were pro-Second Amendment and segregationists. Nick Freitas, who did two tours in Iraq with our Army’s Special Forces and has talked candidly about losing friends to terrorist ... (click for more)