Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Event

Camp Chair Traveler: 
Ben Friberg's Epic SUP Adventures Feb. 27

Local musician and world adventurer Ben Friberg will offer photos and video's of his record breaking standup paddleboard journeys on Thurs.

, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Ben will share stories and hints of what's next on his epic bucket list. Bring the kids and camp chairs to supplement our limited folding chair supply. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-688.   

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events
Camp Chair Traveler: "Wild Caves" Mar. 6 (Rescheduled from 2/13/2014)
Chattanooga Grotto will share a photo presentation about our area wild caves at Outdoor Chattanooga's next free Camp Chair Traveler event on Thurs., Mar. 6, at 6 p.m. Come learn about the amazing underground world that lies beneath us in TN, AL and GA. BYO-camp chair to supplement our folding chair supply. No reservations necessary. All ages welcome. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at(423) 643-6888.

Camp Chair Cinema: "Breaking Away" Mar. 7
The Chattanooga Bicycle Club will present the classic 1979 cycling movie, "Breaking Away," at our next Camp Chair Cinema offering on Fri., Mar. 7, 7 p.m. at  Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The PG rated movie is one of the best, quintessentially American feel good films of the 20th Century. Watch the movie trailer. BYO-Camp chair, the kids and non alcoholic beverages. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide the popcorn. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Featured Community Event(s)  

SYC Volunteer/Mentor Ride and Orientation Mar. 1 

The Southeast Youth Corps' Trips for Kids program will host a volunteer and ride mentor training ride this Sat., Mar. 1. Experienced mountain bikers who are interested in mentoring a teenager on mountain biking skills should join the ride. To learn more and sign up, visit the SYC Volunteer page.

Moccasin Bend Hikes Mar. 1
Two free hikes will happen on Moccasin Bend on Sat., Mar. 1, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will offer a guided, interpretive hike on the Old Federal Rd. trail on Moccasin Bend on Sat., Mar. 1, beginning from the trailhead parking lot at the corner of Pineville Rd. and Riverside Dr. The one mile round trip hike will be led by park historian Jim Ogden. For those who want more hiking, stick around for a hike with the Nickajack Naturalist on the Blue Blazes Trail. This 1.5 mile loop winds through the scrub forests of the Bend and provides spectacular views of the river, Lookout Mtn. and lots of wildlife. 

DYI Solar Panels with the Sierra Club Mar. 1  

The Sierra Club, Cherokee Group will co-host a DYI solar panels workshop with Davis Mounger on Sat., Mar. 1, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. Mounger will walk participants through the popular Enphase solar panel system, explaining costs, materials, etc. To register for the free workshop, email or call Davis Mounger at (423) 877-4616

Dual-Duel Bouldering Comp Mar. 1 & 15
The Southeastern Climbers Coalition will host a bouldering competition series to benefit their conservation and access work on Sat., Mar. 1 & 15 at the Hospital Boulders and Horsepens 40 boulder fields in Alabama. Registration is open for teams to compete in each event or the series. 

Lookout Wild Film Festival's Movie Lineup Mar. 21-13 

The Lookout Wild Film Festival, happening Fri.-Sun., Mar. 21-23, 2014, has published their 2014 lineup of outdoor films. Along with a new documentary about Outdoor Chattanooga, the festival includes films about a man who lives "in" his bike, Steve Fisher kayaking the Congo River's Inga Rapids, a woman's passion for fly fishing, and unicycle caving. Yes, unicycle caving.    


Southeast Youth Corps' Golden Cairn Awards - Nominate Now!

The Southeast Youth Corps is accepting nominations for their 2014 Lewis Ross Golden Cairn Awards, now through Mar. 14. The awards celebrate local athletes and advocates by recognizing their efforts, accomplishments and contributions to Chattanooga's outdoor community. Nominate via this online form. The awards ceremony happens on Sat., Apr. 3, from 7-11 p.m. at Miller Plaza in downtown Chattanooga. 

Lookout Mtn. Bluff Trail Closed Until Further Notice 

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park has closed the Bluff Trail on Lookout Mtn. until further notice. The section of trail that is closed is south of the Cravens House trail and north of Sunset Rock. 

Website of the Week 
The Benwood Foundation refocuses and redesigns, including some community input on our outdoor lifestyle


More Upcoming Events


28-30     Reflection Riding Native Plant Sale


5           Color'Nooga
12          Father/Son 5K
             Night Shift (6 HRS of TNT)
3           3State/3Mountain Challenge
4           Bike to the Ballpark

30          Tennessee Valley Canoe Club Paddle School


7           National Trails Day


9           Still Hollow Trail Race


28          Ironman Chattanooga


4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race


1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch



Tellico Hatchery Announces Winter Hours

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced winter hours for the Tellico Hatchery in Tellico Plains. Holidays along with hours of daylight and alterations in operations are the primary reasons for changes. Fish eat less during colder months. This reason, along with a reduction of seasonal responsibilities such as mowing grass and hatchery upkeep, means fewer people on staff. ... (click for more)

Wildlife Officer Pete Geesling Honored In Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

Brandon “Pete” Geesling, a wildlife officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Warren County, was one of five veteran state employees recognized during a Veterans Day observance event held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza.     Previously, Mr. Geesling served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a combat engineer which included a deployment ... (click for more)

Residents Concerned Over 7-Story Building On The Southside

Downtown Chattanooga residents expressed their concerns with the proposed seven-story apartment building on Cowart Street on the Southside at Tuesday night’s City Council Meeting. The apartment building, originally zoned at four stories before Belle Investment petitioned for seven, has not been adequately publicized, residents claimed.   Architect and planning professional ... (click for more)

Commissioner Graham Chides Chairman Bankston For Shredding Arts Cigarette Tax Letter; Says Sunshine Law Violated

County Commissioner Joe Graham on Wednesday chided Chairman Chester Bankston for shredding a letter related to the proposed cigarette tax to aid the arts. "Have you shredded any other county legal documents?" he demanded. Chairman Bankston replied, "No, I have not done that." He said the letter did not get the necessary six signatures to forward to the Legislature. ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote DesJarlais Out!

There are two good bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives right now that are directly aimed at the sadistic villains who derive some sick pleasure out of torturing helpless Tennessee Walking Horses. They call it “soring,” where caustic materials are lathered into a horse’s forelegs and then wrapped in plastic so they’ll cook. Sometimes they use nails or screws ... (click for more)