Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Fireside at Greenway Farm Begins Sept. 26
Pack up the kids, the camp chairs and marshmallows for Fireside at Greenway Farm, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. at Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Rd., by the old Smiteman Cabin. The Sept. 26 program is an old time music jam with the Folk School of Chattanooga. Bring an instrument and join the fun! It's free.

Canoe the Creek Before Fireside
Come to Greenway Farm before the Fireside program and canoe N. Chickamauga Creek. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide canoes, paddles and life jackets for kids ages 5 and older. Younger kids should bring their own PFD's. Cost: $10 per person (Cash and check only, please). No reservations required.

Outdoor Chattanooga Events 

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice - Outdoors for TWO 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. We're still looking for a winter location, so stay tuned.

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. 

Tennessee River Rescue Volunteer Day Sept. 21

Volunteers and members of the interested public are invited to learn about the annual TNRiver Rescue community cleanup this Sat., Sept. 21, from 1-3 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Enjoy live music from Denver Attaway and Drew Sterchi, light snacks and the good company of people doing good. To learn more, get in touch with the TN River Rescue

All About RiverRocks

Register Your GET OUT Community Event
RiverRocks has partnered with GET OUT Magazine to offer an online calendar of community outdoor events and activities during the 12 day festival, Oct. 2-13. Follow the"Submit Your Event" link on the RiverRocks Web page  to list your hike, canoe trip, bike ride or other outdoor activity. All activities will be listed on ChattanoogaNOW.com, RVRROX.com and in GET OUT Magazine.  

Rock/Creek Canoe and Kayak Race Oct. 5
Dip a paddle in the river for the Rock/Creek Canoe and Kayak Race on Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m., part of the 2013 RiverRocks Adventure Sports Games. There are race categories and courses for beginners and pro's. Don't have a boat? Rentals are available. Register now.

Featured Community Event
ThinkBike Workshops Sept. 23 & 24
The City of Chattanooga and the Royal Netherlands Embassy will offer two public presentations on the upcoming ThinkBike workshop, thanks to the support of the Benwood Foundation. Call (423) 643-5963 to learn more.
Learn About Dutch Cycling Sept. 23
The public is invited to learn about Dutch cycling on Mon., Sept. 23, 9 a.m., at the Development Resource Center, room 1A. Representatives from ThinkBike will be there to discuss the bikes, the infrastructure and the culture of Dutch cycling.
ThinkBike Workshop Results Sept. 24
Community transportation leaders will take part in an intensive, two day workshop on making a part of our transportation infrastructure more bicycle friendly. See the results of that workshop on Tues., Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m. at the downtown branch of the public library, 1001 Broad St., 4th floor.

More Community Events 

September 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.

Family Hike on the Pinhoti Trail Sept. 21
The Chattanooga Trekkers will host a family hike on the Snake Creek Gap section of the Pinhoti Trail, Sat., Sept. 21, at 12 noon. The 4-6 mile hike will feature rolling terrain in the mountains of N. GA. An RSVP is required.

More September 21 Events . . .      
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.

Skyhoundz World Disc Dog Championships Sept. 28 & 29
See the world's best canine athletes compete with flying discs in Coolidge Park on Sat. and Sun., Sept. 28 & 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Skyhoundz World Disc Dog Championships. Drop by and check out the action, which runs all day, both days. The event is free to the public, but donations will be accepted for McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center. Outdoor Chattanooga will be open both days, so be sure and stop by to stay "hi."

Komen Race for the Cure Sept. 29
The annual race to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure will happen in downtown Chattanooga, with the start and finish at Finley Stadium. Registration is open!

National Plug-In Day in Chattanooga Sept. 29
Come to the Chattanooga Market on Sun., Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for National Plug-In Day. Electric vehicle owners will rally at the market, then drive over to Whole Foods on the North Shore to plug in there until 4 p.m. 


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


3           Over the Edge
4           Bike2Work Breakfast
             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


21          Wauhatchie Trail Run

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