Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Grand Illumination and 36th Annual Lighted Boat Parade November 25
Celebrate the holiday season at the Grand Illumination and 36th Annual Lighted Boat Parade on the Chattanooga Riverfront on Friday, November 25 from 7-9 p.m. This is a FREE event and open to the public. Unfortunately, there will be no fireworks this year due to the dry weather conditions and fire danger. If you wish to show off your decorated boat in the parade, contact Erwin Marine Riverfront at (423) 266-1316 or email jprice@erwinmarinesales.


Free Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus November 25, 26, 27, Dec. 10 & 11
Santa & Mrs. Claus will be at The Barn Nursery November 25, 26, 27, Dec. 10 and 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Everyone is invited to bring your family and/or animals out and take one free photo with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Additional photos available with a $5 donation to Lana's Love Foundation.  

Chattanooga Hungry Turkey Trot November 26
Join the tradition at the Chattanooga Hungry Turkey Half Marathon & 5k on Saturday, November 26. Prices vary depending on race selection and registration is open until the day of the race. Each participant gets a free zip up sweatshirt  with registration and delicious cinnamon rolls are waiting for you at the finish line. Proceeds benefit Chattanooga Sports Ministries.

Cravens House Christmas Program December 2 & 3
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a Christmas Open House at the Cravens House located on Lookout Mountain. The Cravens House will be decorated in a manner very similar to the Civil War era. This special holiday event will take place from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3. Tours begin every 30 minutes. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, and for more information about this event, please contact the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at (423) 821-7786.

MAINx24 Festival December 3
MAINx24 is a 24-hour long festival on Main St. on the Southside of downtown Chattanooga. It consists of parades and pancakes, art and artisans, small shops and restaurants, poetry and caroling, music and dancing, food and fun -all in celebration of Main Street and the Southside. Held the first Saturday in December, since 2007, this 24-hour festival is comprised of over one-hundred events taking place throughout the day and night, and is organized completely by residents, merchants, artists, and friends of the Southside community. This year, they celebrate the 10th year of 24-hour partying on the Southside! Find a list of events here. Outdoor Chattanooga's recommended events: Light Your Bike Ride, Adult Big Wheel Race for CAC, International Food Market, Parade & Mutt Strutt, Massage on Main, World Heavyweight Chili Championship, Main Street Beats, Laughter Yoga and Restorative Yoga.

Outdoor Chattanooga Recommends

The day after Thanksgiving has traditionally been known as Black Friday, due to the masses heading to the stores to score deals on Holiday gifts. Last year REI did something different on Black Friday, they closed their retail store doors and encouraged the nation to opt outside with them. This year, Outdoor Nation is joining REI in their mission to opt outside on Black Friday and they have some incentive for those who choose to join them. On Black Friday, November 25, share your outdoor adventures via INSTAGRAM with Outdoor Nation using #optoutside and #outdoornation and be entered to win a $200 REI prize package! 25 winners will be randomly selected! Outdoor Chattanooga encourages Chattanoogians to get outside, explore and photograph our Scenic City on Black Friday. If you include #outdoorchattanooga, we'll pick the best photo submitted and feature it in the next newsletter and on our Instagram. 

OptOutside Guided Hike November 25
Meet Cumberland Trail State Park Ranger Josh Kuykendall at the Signal Point Trailhead for an opt outside guided hike to Rainbow Lake on Black Friday, November 25 beginning at 10 a.m. Along the way, he'll discuss the local history, native plant and wildlife and anything else interesting that is seen. The hike is approximately 2 miles round trip and does involve some rugged terrain. Both adults and children are welcome. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather and bring water.

Outdoor Chattanooga Events

Community News

Gun Hunting Season for Deer Opens November 19
Tennessee's 2016-17 gun hunting season for deer opens Saturday, Nov. 19. Deer gun season has traditionally opened on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. Open Hunting dates run through Jan. 8, 2017 in most counties surrounding Hamilton County, except Polk County, which ends Dec., 4. During gun season, sportsmen may also use muzzleloader or archery equipment. During gun season, hunters and hikers are reminded to wear bright colors when they wander through the woods. Learn more at TWRA. 

Upcoming Events

24      Grateful Gobbler Walk/Run
25      Grand Illumination and Lighted Boat Parade
26      Chattanooga Hungry Turkey Run
27      StuffedCross Cyclocross Race

2-3    Cravens House Christmas Program
3       Mainx24
6       Rapid Learning Kayak Roll Class
10     Old Grey Barn Cyclocross Race
        Guided Educational Riding Tour
12     Learn to Ride a Bicycle
17     Lookout Mountain 50 Miler & 10K Race
19     Street Cycling 101

7        Snake Creek Gap Time Trials
10       Rapid Learning Kayak Roll Class
19       Winter Workshop: Knots & Rescue Skills for Paddlers
28-29  Wilderness First Aid Training

7        Rapid Learning Kayak Roll Class
9        Winter Workshop: Map & Compass
11       Wildlife Photography Workshop
          Snake Creek Gap Time Trials

4-5     Chattanooga Marathon

Reflection Riding Holds Spring Native Plant Sale This Weekend

Reflection Riding is holding its Spring Native Plant Sale selling the region's best selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials.  Here is the schedule: Friday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. - Public Sale Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. - Public Sale and Earth Day Festival.  Native plants, grown for a variety of garden conditions, are beautiful, sustainable, and contribute ... (click for more)

TWRA Congratulates Tennessee Wildlife Federation On Award

A strong advocate for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation has been honored with a prestigious national award. The Federation has been named the 2018 Affiliate of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation in recognition of its outstanding achievement in promoting conservation of wildlife and natural resources on the state and national level. ... (click for more)

Robert Gillisse Was Pilot Killed In Plane Crash At Collegedale Airport

The pilot who was killed in a plane crash on the runway of the Collegedale Airport on Friday evening has been identified as Robert Gillisse, 62, of Ooltewah . Charles Swain, who is the director of the airport, said the plane was a total loss. It was a single-occupant plane. He said the plane was taking off when it crashed. He said Mr. Gillisse frequently had flown out of ... (click for more)

East Ridge To Build Open-Air Pavilion Near City Hall

East Ridge plans to construct an open-air pavilion that will include restrooms and a concession area near City Hall and the old McBrien School.  It will be part of a Town Center for East Ridge at the Tombras Avenue property. The city is also applying for a $500,000 grant to help convert Pioneer Park into a refurbished park with a splash pad. The firm of Hefferlin and ... (click for more)

A Tribute For My Brother – Sgt. Jonathan Gardner, U.S. Army

Seven years ago today, my family and I found out that my brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Gardner, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, (explosively formed penetrator - EFP), while on a mission in Kuwait. The EFP went through the bottom of his seat and put a softball size hole in his upper thigh. The doctors said that if the bomb had entered the Humvee an inch to the right, he ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)