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

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)