Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson
Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga-Rock/Creek Paddlesports Clinics & Demo Day June 21

Join us for a free day of SUP racing, kayak demo's, roll practice and other fun stuff at Harrison Bay State Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for schedule and details.

To learn more about any Outdoor Chattanooga activity or event, visit our Online Events Calendar Email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events 
Beginner Touring Kayak Clinic June 10 
Adults and kids ages 8 and older can learn the basics of flat water kayaking at our first Beginner Touring Kayak Clinic of the season, happening Tues., June 10, 6-8 p.m., on Chickamauga Lake. Our professional instructors will teach how to get in and out of the boat, basic paddle strokes, adjusting the boat to fit you and how to get back in to the boat should you fall out while paddling. The clinic will be followed by a short group paddle within swimming distance of the shoreline. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.   
Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice, June 11 & 18
Come join the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program for our weekly kayak skills practice at Chester Frost County Park every Wed. 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 Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888
History Tour by Bicycle of Moccasin Bend June 12
Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a free history tour of Moccasin Bend by Bicycle on Thurs., June 12, 6 p.m., beginning from Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. BYO-bicycle or borrow one from our snazzy urban cruiser fleet. The ride is appropriate for adults and kids ages 14 and older when accompanied by an adult. Helmets are required.  To reserve a cruiser bike (riders 5' tall and over), email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888
Full Moon Kayak Tour on Harrison Bay June 13
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a special moonlight kayak trip on Harrison Bay, Fri., June 13, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely tour of the bay's the islands and sloughs at sunset and by the light of the full moon. Cost is $35 per person and includes all equipment. The trip is appropriate for adults and kids ages 14 and older when accompanied by an adult. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and some kayaking experience is helpful. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888
Downtown Kayak Adventures June 14/15
Outdoor Chattanooga will host our Downtown Kayak Adventures every Sat. and Sun., mid-June through mid-Aug., at 9 a.m. The beginner friendly trips launch from Coolidge Park and go around Audubon Island in the TN River. Cost is $35 for adults, $25 for kids ages 8-13 (in tandem with an adult). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

TN River Gorge Sunset Kayak Trip June 19 
Outdoor Chattanooga will host a leisurely kayak tour through one of the most spectacular sections of the TN River Gorge on Thurs., June 19, from 7 to 10 p.m.Spend a very pleasant couple of hours on the water, enjoying the evening breezes and beautiful scenery. Cost is $35 and includes equipment and guides. The trip is open to adults and kids ages 14 and older when accompanied by an adult. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888
TN River Pedal and Paddle June 20
Challenge yourself to a fun, scenic bicycle and kayak trip along and on the TN River. We'll ride the Bike Chattanooga bike share from Coolidge Park on the Riverwalk to the TN Riverpark, where we'll switch to kayaks and float back down stream to Outdoor Chattanooga. Cost is $35 per person and includes guides and all bicycling and kayaking equipment. Some bicycling and kayaking experience recommended. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

Instead join us at the Outdoor Chattanooga-Rock/Creek Paddle Sports Clinics and Demo Day at Harrison Bay State Park!
Open Canoeing at Greenway Farm June 15 & 22
Outdoor Chattanooga will host our regularly scheduled Open Canoeing at Greenway Farm, continuing every Sun. afternoon from 3-7 p.m., through  Adults and kids ages 5 and older can paddle for an hour on N. Chickamauga Creek for $10 per person. No reservations necessary. Just come and paddle! 
Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour June 21
Outdoor Chattanooga and the National Park Service will host a free history tour of Chickamauga Battlefield on Sat., June 21, 9:30 a.m., beginning in the lower parking lot of the Battlefield Visitors Center, in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. Adults and kids ages 8 and older are invited to join the tour with their own bicycles, or riders 5' tall and over may borrow a bike from the Outdoor Chattanooga Mobile Bicycle Fleet. To borrow a bicycle, call the visitors center at (706) 866-9241. All riders under the age of 16 must wear a helmet.   
Featured Community Event  
*FahrvergNOOGA Kids Mtn. Bike Race June 22
The TN Youth Mtn. Bike Race series will host the FahrvergNOOGA kids mtn. bike race on Sun., June 22, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Enterprise South Nature Park. Kids ages 17 and under can enter races that are designed for their age category. Register at any Chattanooga area bicycle shop or online. NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.

More Community Events
Intro to Standup Paddleboarding at Warner Park Begins June 10
The City of Chattanooga's Aquatics Program will offer Introduction to Standup Paddleboarding classes at Warner Park Pool on Tuesdays, June 10 and 24, and July 8 and 22, with two sessions: 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. The public can try SUP'ing under the supervision of an instructor from Rock/Creek. Cost is $10 per session. Pre-registration is required. Limit: 6 participants per session. To register, email Peggy Grall or call (423) 697-1385.
Young Explorers at Enterprise South Begins June 10
Hamilton Co. Parks and Recreation will host hikes and nature activities for kids age 3 to 5th grade with their Young Explorer's Program at Enterprise South Nature Park, beginning tonight, Tues., June 10 and continuing weekly through July 22. Cost is $3 per child and pre-registration is required. Call (423) 842-6748 to register.  
37th Annual Chattanooga-Cleveland Charity Horse Show June 18-21
Cleveland, TN's Tri-State Exhibition Center will host the 37th Annual Chattanooga-Cleveland Charity Horse Show Wed.-Sat., June 18-21. The show will feature reigning world champion Saddlebreds from Kentucky, Texas and Louisiana. Admission is $5. Kids 10 and under get in free. Proceeds benefit the Tri-State Therapeutic Riding Center. Call 476-9310 for more information.

For more Community Events 
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More Upcoming Events

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9            Still Hollow Trail Race
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4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race

1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch
15         Alzheimer's Association 5K Run to Remember  


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