Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Events

Beginner Whitewater Kayaking July 23-24 
Outdoor Chattanooga will teach you the basics of whitewater kayaking, from your first paddle stroke to your first Class II rapid at our two day, beginner 
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Beginner Touring Kayak Clinic July 22
Learn the basics of flat water kayaking with Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced staff at our Beginner Touring Kayak Clinic on Tues., June 22, 6 p.m. on Chickamauga Lake. You will learn how to fit yourself properly to your life jacket and kayak, basic paddle strokes, basic self-rescue skills and the types of equipment you need to go on your own. Bring your own kayak, paddle and life jacket or borrow gear from Outdoor Chattanooga. Cost is $35 per persson and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.Email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888 to reserve your spot. Next classes: Aug. 12 & 26.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events 

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice, July 16 & 23
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
 
Downtown Kayak Adventures July 19 & 20, 26 & 27
Take a leisurely tour of downtown Chattanooga on the TN River on Sat. or Sun. morning 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.
 
Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour July 19
Outdoor Chattanooga and the National Park Service will co-host a free, interpretive bicycle tour of Chickamauga Battlefield on Sat., July 19, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Battlefield Visitors Center. Adults and kids ages 8 and older are welcome on the leisurely ride, which will feature several stops at places of significance to the Civil War Battle for Chickamauga. Bring your own bicycle or borrow a bicycle (riders 5' tall and over). To reserve a bicycle, call the Battlefield at (706) 866-9241. Helmets are required by law for all riders under the age of 16. The ride is supported by theFriends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga.
 
Open Canoeing at Greenway Farm July 20 & 27 (Last Sunday!)
Outdoor Chattanooga will host our regularly scheduled Open Canoeing at Greenway Farm, continuing every Sun. afternoon from 3-7 p.m., through July.  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!  
 
Brown's Ferry History Tour by Kayak Aug. 2
Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a special history tour by kayak at Brown's Ferry on the TN River on Sat., Aug. 2, at 9 a.m. We'll paddle at the foot of Lookout Mtn. and learn about the role that Brown's Ferry has played in the Chattanooga area's long history. Cost is $35 adults and kids 14 and older, $25 kids ages 8-13 (Kids must paddle in tandem with an adult). RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Nickajack Cave Canoe Trips  - SOLD OUT
Our Nickajack Cave Canoe Trips are sold out and on wait lists through the scheduled end date of Aug. 15. Thanks everyone for signing up!

TN River Gorge Sunset Kayak July 17 - SOLD OUT

Our July 17 TN River Gorge Sunset Kayak is sold out. Please sign up for our next sunset trip on Thurs., Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. We'll paddle through the most beautiful part of the gorge, catching the evening breezes and light on the walls of the gorge.  Cost is $35 per person. Reservations with a credit card or advanced payment with check or cash is required. The trip is appropriate for adults and kids ages 14 and older when accompanied by an adult. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call(423) 643-6888

Featured Community Event  

Bike Chattanooga Birthday Bash July 25

The Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System will celebrate their 2nd birthday on Fri., July 25, from7-9 p.m. at Miller Plaza, during the weekly Nightfall concert (Function with Roger Alan Wade & Sparkle Motion). Come sign the birthday card, eat birthday cake and enjoy special discounted new and renewed memberships. The beer is cold ($$), the music and bicycle parking is free, so come play!

Flash Bicycle Mob July 25 - After the Bike Chattanooga Bash  

After the Bike Chattanooga Birthday Bash, Bike/Walk Chattanooga will host Chattanooga's largest Flash Bicycle Mob on Fri., July 25, at 9 p.m. to help celebrate Bike Chattanooga's 2nd birthday. BYO-bicycle or use a Bike Chattanooga bike and get your photo taken on the steps of the Federal building.

More Community Events
Summer Sike Movie: "Rad Company" July 17

The Crash Pad will host the second installment in their Summer Sike Movie series onThurs., July 17, 7:30 p.m. with a screening of "Rad Company," a film about free-ride mountain biking. The event is co-hosted by SORBA, the Southeastern Climbers Coalition and the American Alpine Club. There will be popcorn and beer. Next film: "Almost Alpine" Aug. 14.

Lunch and Learn with the TN River Gorge Trust July 18

The public is invited to have lunch and learn about the latest happenings with the TN River Gorge Trust on Fri., July 18, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the TRGT offices, 1214 Dartmouth St. in Chattanooga. Meet the staff, enjoy a free lunch, and learn about TRGT's mission and current research projects. Register online or email Hannah Shadrick for more information.

Bunker Buster Youth Mtn. Bike Race July 19  

The TN Youth Mountain Bike Racing Association (TYMBR) will host the Bunker Buster Youth Mtn. Bike Race on Sat., July 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the TNT trail at Enterprise South Nature Park. The event is a short, cross country race for youth ages 17 and under. Online registration closes on Fri., July 18 at 8 p.m. NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.

Kids Mountain Bike Camp at Enterprise South July 28-Aug. 1

Hamilton Co. Parks and Recreation and Cohutta Adventures will partner to host akids mtn. biking camp at Enterprise South Nature Park, Mon., July 28-Fri., Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers ages 9-15 will learn everything from basic bicycle maintenance and nutrition to techniques specific for riding off road. Cost is $100. Kids BYO-bicycle, helmet and lunch. REGISTRATON IS REQUIRED. Online registrationcloses on Sun., July 27 at 5 p.m. To learn more, call (423) 842-6748

More Upcoming Events
 
August
9            Still Hollow Trail Race
              Missionary Ridge Road Race
23          River Gorge Omnium
             Wilderness Wild Fest 
  
September
28          Ironman Chattanooga

October
4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
             Tennessee River Rescue
11         Chattanooga Head Race
             Swim the Suck 10 Mile Open Water Swim
             Lula Lake Land Trust 5 Points 50
19          7 Bridges Marathon
             Triple Crown Bouldering Competition - Stone Fort
25          Chattajack 31

November
1          Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch
15         Alzheimer's Association 5K Run to Remember
22         Pangorge: The TN River Gorge Adventure Race

December
14         Lookout Mountain 50 Miler

  

 


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