Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson
Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Events
Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Kayak Trip June 28 

The water hyacinths are in bloom at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge and we're going tokayak to see them this Sat.

, June 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a guided, water level tour of the Refuge, which also home to migrating waterfowl, eagles, hawks and osprey. Cost is $45 and includes equipment, guides and transportation to and from Greenway Farm in Hixson. 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

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Registration Open for the Chattanooga 2.4 Mile Open Water Swim Aug. 16
The Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Open Water Swimmers(C.O.W.S.) will host the Chattanooga 2.4 Mile Open Water Swim on the TN River downtown on Sat., Aug. 16, beginning at 7:00 a.m. Online registration is open toexperienced open water swimmers and triathletes who wish to test themselves on the downtown course. Swimmers will start the practice from the So. Belle Riverboat, which will take them 2.4 miles upstream, and end at Ross' Landing.
 
Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice, June 25 & July 9
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
 
NO RAPID LEARNING PRACTICE JULY 2
 
Downtown Kayak Adventures June 28 (No Trip June 29), July 5 & 6
Take a leisurely tour of downtown Chattanooga on the TN River on Sat., June 28, and July 5 & 6, at 9:30 a.m. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide the gear, the guides and instruction for beginners ages 8 and older. Cost is $35 for adults and kids 14 and older, $25 for kids 8-13. Kids must paddle in tandem with an adult. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

Open Canoeing at Greenway Farm June 29 & July 6

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! 
 
Lookout Creek NPS History Tour by Canoe July 10
Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host two free, interpretive history canoe trips on Lookout Creek on Thurs., July 10 at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Adults and kids ages 6 and older can join the free trip, which will focus on the Civil War history surrounding the creek. The free trips are underwritten by the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call(423) 643-6888
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Featured Community Event  
Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail 
Grand Opening June 27
After 5 years and 60 miles of trail, the Lula Lake Land Trust is proud to celebrate the completion of the Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail, which runs from Lula Lake to Cloudland Canyon State Park on top of Lookout Mtn. The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting and grand opening on Fri., June 27, 11 a.m. at the state park. Bring mountain bikes and hiking boots to enjoy the trail after the ceremony.
  
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Wilderness Survival Skills Hike June 27
Cloudland Canyon State Park will host a Wilderness Survival Skills hike on Fri., June 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about food management, fire making, water purification, personal hygiene and more. Cost is $25 per person and box lunches will be provided. Learn more by calling 706-913-7170

 
Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon June 29

Keep an eye out on the river and roads for the 2,000+ competitors in this year'sChattanooga Waterfront Triathlon, happening this Sun., June 29, beginning at 7 a.m., hosted by the Chattanooga Track Club. The heaviest action will be at Ross' Landing and along the downtown south shore of the TN River, U.S. 27 north from downtown to Hwy. 153 and on the Tennessee Riverwalk. All segments of the triathlon will be done by 12:30 p.m.

National Park Night at the Chattanooga Lookouts June 30
Go to the ballpark this Mon., June 30 and support the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Gates open at 6 p.m., kids eat free, and special activities will highlight the significance of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Special ticket sales of $5 benefit the Friends. Call (423) 648-5623 to purchase tickets. 

Zoe's Rainbow Dash for Children's Charities July 4

Run, walk or roll on this mostly flat 5K, which happens on Fri., July 4 around the Hamilton Place Mall. The event benefits local children's charities, such as the Ronald McDonald House, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Bethlehem Center. Online registration is open through Tues., July 1.

News

CARTA Begins New Bus Route to Airport 

The Chattanooga Area Regional Transit Authority (CARTA) has begun service from downtown Chattanooga to the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, Mon. - Fri., with six trips daily, leaving the corner of 10th St. and Market St. downtown at 6:05, 7:50 and 8:50 a.m., 12:15, 4:20 and 5:50 p.m. Airport departures at 6:40, 8:25, 9:25,12:50, 4:55 and 6:25. The trip takes approximately 35 minutes and all CARTA buses are equipped with free WiFi. Take the #19 (Cromwell Rd.).

Bicycle-Pedestrian Expressway Opens in Memphis
Our neighbors across the state in Memphis opened a new car free bicycle and pedestrian expressway that runs for one mile along the Mississippi River. The new corridor took an under utilized section of roadway and converted it as a connector to the Hanrahan pedestrian bridge project. See photos and learn more at People for Bikes.

More Upcoming Events

July

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

October
4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race

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

December

Blitz At Black Rock Mountain Will Boost Understanding Of Bats

The night life around Black Rock Mountain State Park will keep researchers from across the state busy Sept. 4-7. It is all part of the Georgia Bat Working Group’s first Bat Blitz. The event based at the park in northeast Georgia’s Rabun County is focused on better understanding the area’s bat communities. But there is an even bigger picture. Organizer Trina Morris ... (click for more)

Drones Banned From Appalachian Trail

The National Park Service has developed an interim policy prohibiting the use of unmanned aircraft on NPS managed lands of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. This is a new park use that could affect park resources, staff, and visitors in ways that the National Park Service has yet to identify, analyze and examine. It is the National Park Service policy to not allow a new park ... (click for more)

Jury Finds In Favor Of Texas Sheriff In Suit Brought By Chattanooga Photographer

A Federal Court jury on Friday found in favor of a Texas sheriff and his chief deputy who had been sued by a Chattanooga photographer. The jury in the courtroom of Judge Curtis Collier awarded no damages to Donna Johnson. In his closing argument after a two-week civil trial, attorney John Anderson said, "This is about the Fourth Amendment." Attorney Anderson represented Ms. ... (click for more)

Justin Wilkins Selected As Deputy Chief Of Staff For Mayor Berke

Native Chattanoogan Justin Wilkins will serve as Mayor Andy Berke's deputy chief of staff, it was announced Friday. Mr. Wilkins has spent the last several years serving as the Tennessee state director for multiple advocacy and electoral organizations, including Organizing for America and Organizing for Action. Prior to that, he worked as project manager at Profit Plans LLC ... (click for more)

Mackey Should Be Thankful For The State Troopers On Highway 153

This is in response to a statement made by Warren Mackey at the commission meeting.  His question was to the mayor regarding the state troopers writing tickets on Highway 153, saying they were on a rampage.   It is apparent that Mr. Mackey doesn’t travel this highway.  His only concern was that the ticket money was going into state funds and not into county funds. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Must-Read For Parents

If you have a child or if you love one, what you are about to read could be one of the most important lessons in your life. I have a great friend in Dallas – Sandy Pohfal – who regularly shares stories with me that are moving, inspirational or important. This is all three. This story was written by a celebrated author, Christie Craig. She has written hundreds of articles for ... (click for more)