Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Event:

Moccasin Bend Bicycle Tour
Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host the first of two, guided historical tours of Moccasin Bend this Thurs.
, May 8, 6 p.m., beginning from Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Adults and kids ages 16 and older are invited to bring their own bicycles and join the free tour. Those without bicycles may borrow one from the Outdoor Chattanooga Mobile Bicycle Fleet. Email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888 to reserve a bike.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events  
Rapid Learning Moves Outdoors Tomorrow, May 7 
Come join the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program when the weekly kayak skills practice moves outdoors to Chester Frost County Park on Wed., May 7, with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m. Bring the whole family and learn the basic skills that you need to paddle the Chattanooga region's beautiful whitewater (and flat water) streams. Your first visit is free. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888 
Camp Chair Cinema at Greenway Farm May 10
Outdoor Chattanooga and the Lookout Wild Film Festival will host a free screening of "Outdoor Chattanooga," plus some fun outdoor themed short films at the next Camp Chair Cinema, happening Sat., May 10, 9 p.m. at Greenway Farm park, 5051 Gann Store Rd., in Hixson, TN. "Outdoor Chattanooga" is a new documentary about our transformation from dangerously polluted city to outdoor mecca. BYO-camp chair, blankets, the kids, and non alcoholic beverages. We'll provide the popcorn. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park.
Open Canoeing at Greenway Farm May 10
Before the Camp Chair Cinema, bring the family and go canoeing on N. Chickamauga Creek, from 5-8 p.m., at Greenway Farm. Cost is $10 per person for an hour of paddling and all equipment is provided. First come, first served. 
National Bike to Work Day May 16
Join Outdoor Chattanooga, Green Trips Chattanooga, Bike Chattanooga and Bike/Walk Chattanooga in celebrating National Bike Month in our city. There are rides, events and special programs galore, all designed to get you on a bicycle with the highlight being National Bike to Work Day May 16. Visit Green Trips Chattanooga for details and full month's calendar. 
Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tours Begin May 17 

Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host our popular, historic bicycle tours of Chickamauga Battlefield beginning Sat., May 17, 9:30 a.m. at the Battlefield Visitors Center. BYO-bicycle or borrow one from the mobile bicycle fleet. Tours run the 3rd Sat. of each month through Oct.

Bicycle Tourism and Rail Trails Presentations May 12 & 13
Outdoor Chattanooga and the Active Living and Transportation Network will host two public presentation by Jim Sayer, Executive Director of theAdventure Cycling Assoc., Marianne Fowler, Senior V.P. for Federal Relations for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Katherine Kraft of America Walks and board member of Rails-to-Trails when they visit Chattanooga May 12 & 13. Plan on attending one of these free events.

On the Road and on the Trail, Mon., May 12, 6 p.m.
Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park
Learn about Adventure Cycling, America Walks and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: their organizations, missions and success stories, and about how cities like Chattanooga have become involved and benefited from the programs to connect the country via active tourism and transportation. 

Bicycle Tourism, Trails Development and Connectivity, Tues., May 13, 10 a.m.

Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St., downtown Chattanooga
Hear about case studies demonstrating the considerable economic impact of bicycle tourism, as well as insights on rail-trails nationwide, the positive impact of trails on neighborhood connectivity, and the significant economic benefits rail-trails such as the Silver Comet Connector brings to its trail towns. 
Featured Community Event 
Camp Jordan Canoe Trail Cleanup May 15-17 
The TN Valley Canoe Club will host a three day Camp Jordan Canoe Trail cleanup, on Chickamauga Creek in East Ridge, Thurs. - Sat., May 15-17. Volunteers on and off the water will be needed to clean up small debris and trash after a professional tree removal company clears big stuff. This is a significant step forward in bringing the creeks into the TN River Blueway. Shifts are available all three days. To learn more and sign up, email Jim Ledbetter.
More Community Events 
Backpacker Magazine Get Out More Tour at Rock/Creek May 6 
Rock/Creek at 2Northshore, 301 Manufacturer's Rd., will host Backpacker Magazine'sGet Out More Tour this evening, Tues., May 6, 6:30 p.m., for a free 75-minute seminar on trip planning, choosing the right outdoor gear and apparel, safety in the outdoors and more. Learn about the essentials to make any short or long backpacking trip successful and fun. 
The Dig Downtown SUP Race May 10
The Southern Stroke Paddle Series and L2Boards will host the Dig Downtown SUP Race on Sat., May 10, beginning at 8 a.m., at Ross' Landing in downtown Chattanooga. The event will include demo's, kids races, SUP yoga and short and long distance adult races. 

More Community Events May 5-17
Brad Bennett New Superintendent at Chickamauga and Chattanooga NMP
The National Park Service has named Brad Bennett as the new superintendent of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, effective June 1, 2014.  Bennett comes to this area from Andersonville National Historic Site, where he has served as superintendent since 2009. He began his NPS career at Grand Canyon National Park. Welcome to Chattanooga, Mr. Bennett!
Become a Healthier Tennessee Walking School 
Active kids do better!  Watch this short video about the benefits of walking and bicycling to school and consider helping your school become a Healthier Tennessee Walking School with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness. Contact Christy Smith at Safe Routes to Schools TN or Russell Cliche with Healthier TN at for more information. 

More Upcoming Events

7           National Trails Day
14          Chattanooga Rat Race

29          Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon 

9            Still Hollow Trail Race
             Missionary Ridge Road Race
28          Ironman Chattanooga

28          UTC Intrasquad Rowing Regatta

4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race


1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch

15         Alzheimer's Association 5K Run to Remember

14         Lookout Mountain 50 Miler



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