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



Lula Lake Land Trust Welcomes New Director Of Development And Communications

Lula Lake Land Trust announced Tuesday that Matthew Hubbard has joined the staff as the director of development and communications. Mr. Hubbard joins Lula Lake after seven years in nonprofit development. He graduated with a B.S. in marketing from Jacksonville State University and holds additional degrees in English and psychology.   As a native of Northeast Alabama, Mr. ... (click for more)

Southern Environmental Law Center Files Lawsuit Against Forest Service

The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Knoxville attorney Shelby Ward, on behalf of Heartwood and Tennessee Heartwood, jointly filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday, alleging that the Forest Service is illegally endangering the soil, forests, and waters of the Cherokee National Forest and hiding those risks from the ... (click for more)

City May Make It Easier For Food Trucks To Operate In Chattanooga

The City Council is considering action that would make it easier for food trucks to operate in Chattanooga.  City Attorney Wade Hinton said cities like Austin and Portland have thriving food truck operations and Chattanooga is studying those models. He said, "It's truly an industry there." He said a 2013 food truck ordinance was limited and did not allow food trucks on ... (click for more)

Magistrate Says She Was Fired Because Philyaw Did Not Want To Be Seen With Someone Openly Gay

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court said she was fired because Judge Rob Philyaw and Court Administrator Sam Mairs "wanted me gone because I was openly gay." County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said Elizabeth Gentzler was not the only gay at Juvenile Court and Hamilton County government, indicating that may be part of the county's defense. Attorney Stuart James, representing Ms. ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

I’ve been reading about the panhandling problem in downtown; it is a huge problem in the Gunbarrel area, too.  It’s commonplace to be accosted by panhandlers when walking from your parked car into a commercial establishment.  And often they are aggressive.  I look carefully around my car before getting out, but sometimes someone will be lurking in between cars and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sheriff’s Request

Jim Hammond will talk to members of the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon and, just like any police officer in the United States, he will request that everybody “stay in their own lane.” Some school board members tend to believe they need to help decide the best methods of protecting our children. They believe this is one of the things they were elected to do in ... (click for more)