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

Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga: Vote for Chattanooga Best Outdoor Town Ever! Chattanooga beat out Roanoke, Raleigh-Durham and Beaufort in the first three rounds of voting in  Outside Magazine's Best Town Ever  contest.  We've made it to the elite 8. Round 4 vote is going on now and we're up against Boone, NC.  We know ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Parks And Recreation Department Completes Phase 1 Of Chester Frost Park Campsite Utility Upgrade

The Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department has now completed Phase 1 of the Chester Frost Park Campsite utility upgrade. During this 1.2 million dollar, six-month renovation, new water and electrical lines have been installed in 173 campsites, with upgraded electrical service. Effective  Wednesday, May 20, Dallas Island will be open to the public ... (click for more)

Board Of Regents Board Meets Wednesday To Approve New Chattanooga State President

The Tennessee Board of Regents will convene a special called meeting at  9:30 a.m. CDT next Wednesday to receive recommendations for presidential vacancies at community colleges, including Chattanooga State, and the director position at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Covington/Ripley.  The finalists to replace longtime leader Jim Catanzaro are: ... (click for more)

New CARTA Service To Enterprise South Industrial Park Has "Medium" Success So Far

CARTA officials said its new bus service from downtown to the Enterprise South Industrial Park is meeting with "medium" success thus far. Lisa Maragnano, executive director, said there have been 313 riders on the routes that began at the first of the month. That includes 241 getting aboard downtown in the early morning and 72 riding from Enterprise South in the afternoon. ... (click for more)

Don't Make A Mockery Of Memorial Day

We're told Memorial Day is the day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in order that we, as Americans and others around the world, might live free, unshackled (invisible or otherwise) and without oppression. But how is that so when so many in America continue to be denied those freedoms? Others whose family and friends made the ultimate sacrifice? Their surviving families ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chincoteague Mourns ‘Dude’

In the span of a person’s life, there are some things that simply can’t be explained to be totally understood. And of all the spectacles I have ever personally witnessed, one of the best is that day in late July when they “pen the ponies” at Chincoteague Island, Va. I’m serious. Over 50,000 people watch every year as volunteer “Saltwater Cowboys” swim the wild ponies to the mainland ... (click for more)