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

Clean Stream Grants Application Period Extended

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period for grant dollars for stream clean-up projects and planting projects has been extended through July 11.  The availability of the grant dollars are to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects ... (click for more)

Eighth Annual Operation Dry Water Weekend Starts Friday

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, Friday-Sunday. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.  Operation Dry Water is held the weekend prior to the Independence Day (July 4) holiday ... (click for more)

Fire Destroys Highway 58 BBQ

A fire destroyed a barbeque restaurant on Highway 58 on Friday afternoon.   Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to the Highway 58 BBQ around 6 p.m. The business is located at 4921 Highway 58. Though the business was housed in a small building, the flames and smoke could be seen from a long distance away.  Captain Teri Rose with Quint 6 said the ... (click for more)

2nd Independent Candidate May Be On Walker County Ballot

A second Independent candidate may be on the ballot for sole commissioner of Walker County in the election on Nov. 8. Perry D. Lamb, Jr. has been working toward collecting the necessary 1,640 signatures of registered voters on a petition. His campaign said he is close to the goal. Incumbent Bebe Heiskell is running an an Independent. Election officials said since she was ... (click for more)

Save Coolidge Park - And Response (2)

Last Monday morning while at work a good friend messaged me concerning a matter that I had not heard anything about dealing with Coolidge Park and its future. Apparently that night the City Council was to read an ordinance that would allow the mayor to start negotiations with the relocation of the Medal of Honor Museum. This ordinance would enable the city to lease approximately ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Tipping The Preacher

I got an unusual telephone call the other day from someone I love who asked my help in solving one of life’s delicate mysteries. It is a tough question: “How do you tip a preacher?” In the first place, you never tip a preacher. It’s the preacher who gives out the tips, helping to keep you on the straight-and-narrow in your quest to waltz through the Pearly Gates. But there are ... (click for more)