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

Statewide Youth Waterfowl Hunts Set For Jan. 31 And Feb. 7

The 2015 Tennessee statewide youth waterfowl hunts are set for a pair of Saturdays on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. The dates that appear in the annual Tennessee Wildlife Magazine calendar were listed incorrectly. Youths between six and 15 years old may participate in these two youth hunt days and bag limits are the same as during the regular waterfowl season.  F ederal regulations ... (click for more)

Tennessee State Parks Announce 2014 Park Awards

Tennessee State Parks   held its annual park awards at the 2015 Park Management meeting. Parks throughout the state were recognized and honored for their work in 2014. Awards for innovation, customer service, interpretation and resource management were given to parks in in both the eastern and western regions of the state. Recipients included: Park of the Year ... (click for more)

6,533 Apply For Chattanooga Housing Authority Voucher Program

The Chattanooga Housing Authority closed its Housing Choice Voucher Program application process Monday at 11:59 p.m. There were 6,533 applicants. CHA will randomly select 1,000 of those names on Monday, for the voucher program waiting list. Anyone who is not selected will need to apply again in the future.  The Housing Choice Voucher program is a federal government program ... (click for more)

Times Free Press Pays Bonuses, Has Layoffs

The Chattanooga Times Free Press told employees on Monday that the newspaper had improved financial performance over the prior year quarters and employees were receiving two percent bonuses. Sources said at the same time, the newspaper announced some layoffs. Those include four people in the newsroom and an unspecified number in other departments. Bruce Hartmann, president, ... (click for more)

We Need The Chattanooga History Center

Having been on several of Dr. Daryl Black's walking tours, I can say that they weren't just informative, but a treat. The downtown, Fort Wood and Ninth Street of yesteryear were brought dramatically to life. We stood on the ground where Sherman had his headquarters (near the Ice Cream Show) and the corner where Bessie Smith sang as a young girl. And we also stood beneath the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Big (Un)Easy: Mardi Gras

Not since Hurricane Katrina has New Orleans had a bigger problem. When over a million visitors flood the city for the annual Mardi Gras bash over the next three weeks, there will be signs all around town and into the French Quarter that blare, “CAUTION: Walk In Large Groups. We (heart symbol) love NOPD. We Just Need More Of Them.” In other words, it appears things are quite unsettled ... (click for more)