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



Sports Fish Regulations Set At October TFWC Meeting

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission established the state’s 2017-18 sport fish regulations at its October meeting which concluded Friday (Oct. 28) at the Holiday Inn Fair Park. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Fisheries Division presented its original proposals for 2017-18 at its September meeting. The TFWC had requested the TWRA consider lowering the creel limit ... (click for more)

The Trust For Public Land Honors PlayCore CEO Bob Farnsworth

The Trust for Public Land hosted its annual gala on Wednesday, in New York, NY. The benefit honored individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to advancing The Trust for Public Land’s mission to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.  Bob Farnsworth, CEO of PlayCore received the nonprofit’s ... (click for more)

Christopher Parker Gets Life Prison Sentence For First-Degree Murder

A Criminal Court jury on Friday found Christopher Levi Parker guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of Robbie McClure at a trailer in Hixson. Judge Barry Steelman then sentenced Parker to life in prison. He was convicted though two people who witnessed the shooting refused to testify against him. One of them, Andrew Biro, had testified in General Sessions Court, ... (click for more)

Atlantic Capital Bank, Formerly FSG Bank, Moves Home Office To Warehouse Row; Downtown Bank Building Sold to Playcore

Atlantic Capital Bank, NA announced Friday that it has sold the current home office at 531 Broad St. to Harbert Realty of Birmingham, for  $5,375,000.  The bank’s new home office signals the start of a brand transition from the FSG Bank name, currently found in its eastern Tennessee and northwest Georgia markets.  Atlantic Capital will occupy the third floor ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Guess Who Backed Kelly?

Two weeks before the August election where three members of the Hamilton County School Board were angrily replaced, the organizer of what was called “a great way for the (challengers) to raise great money to help them run smart campaigns” made a bold statement. “I'm sure the current board is well-intentioned, but the results are not there," said Paul Brock. "Leadership matters ... (click for more)