Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Here are the upcoming news and events for Outdoor Chattanooga: 

Guided Cumberland Trail Hike Aug. 5
Join Outdoor Chattanooga  for a free, guided hike on the Cumberland Trail on Saturday, August 5 from 9:00 a.m.

to 2:00 p.m. You'll experience a variety of terrain over the 5.8 mile, rated as moderately strenuous, but extremely beautiful hike from the top of Mowbray Mountain down to Big Soddy Creek Gulf. Shuttle will be provided for the one way, mostly downhill trek so you can enjoy the scenic views and sounds of nature without the worry of getting lost. Appropriate for ages 12+. Reservation required in advance as space in the shuttle vehicle is limited. For more info and to get registered email Outdoor Chattanooga or call 643-6888.

Intro to Mountain Biking Skills Course Aug. 8 & 18
Mountain Biking is so much more than just riding a bike through the woods. Outdoor Chattanooga's Intro to Mountain Biking  classes teach the basics and reinforce the skills needed to get the most out of mountain biking. Use of open fields, built features and instructional skill drills; our instructors teach in a format that can be structured to your pace and individual learning style. Mountain bikes are available by reservation to use for class thanks to grants from the Ironman Foundation  and Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga . *Participants must already know how to confidently ride a bike for this class. Fee: $10 per person per class. Ages 10 and up. Reservations required. Email Outdoor Chattanooga or call 643-6888 to register and learn more.

Family Funday at Greenway Farms Aug. 13
Pack a picnic, load up the family and come to Greenway Farms Park to have the ultimate Family Funday full of activity. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide equipment for families to try archery, paddle the creek by canoe or take a self guided nature hike between the hours of 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, August 13. All activities meet at the archery range by the dog park. A liability release form will be required for canoeing and archery. Severe weather or changes in water level may cancel or delay this program.  For more information email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.
All ages can take aim at the outdoor archery range located by the dog park at Greenway Farms. Outdoor Chattanooga staff will provide all the equipment and instruction for this activity. Available between 4-7 p.m. Cost: free | first come, first served. Just show up, take aim and give archery a try.  Outdoor Chattanooga will provide all the equipment needed to paddle the creek at your own pace including tandem canoes, PFD's, and paddles. Canoes are available from 4-6 p.m at the boat ramp behind the gardens. Cost: $25 per canoe | first come, first served. We can only accept cash or check on location.
 
Chickamauga Battlefield Bike Tour Aug. 19 
Join Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park  and Outdoor Chattanooga for a free, leisurely paced, historical bike tour through Chickamauga Battlefield  on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 9:30 a.m. The ride is on moderately-hilly terrain, lasts about 2 hours, with frequent stops as the Ranger talks about the history of the battlefield.The rides are appropriate for ages 8 and older when accompanied by an adult. All participants are required to wear helmets. Bring your own bicycle or borrow a bicycle from the Outdoor Chattanooga's mobile bicycle fleet at no charge, thanks to sponsorship from Friends of the Park , Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga  and the Chattanooga Bicycle Club . Reservations for the bicycles are required and only available to riders 5' or taller. Contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241 for more information or to reserve a bicycle. Additional Saturday battlefield bicycle tours scheduled for 2017 occur on Sept. 16, and Oct. 19 (9:30-11:30 a.m.). 

Your Guide to Understanding and Experiencing the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
Total Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, parts of America and even our home state of Tennessee will be in the path of a total solar eclipse. 1869 was the last time Tennessee was in the path of a total solar eclipse and it won't happen again until 2153 and it's been 99 years since a total eclipse passed across the entire continental U.S. Unfortunately, Chattanooga is just outside the path of totality, so if you stay in town, you'll only see a partial eclipse, which is isn't nearly as special. Luckily, Chattanooga is just barely outside the path, so Chattanoogans won't have to travel far to experience this unique astronomical phenomena. Eclipse chasers will travel hundreds and thousands of miles to see a total solar eclipse, so making a small effort to see it will totally be worth it. Just to confirm what we already knew about this event, August 21st is predicted to be the worst day of traffic in U.S. history and Hamilton County Schools recently announced that they will close schools for eclipse day. So, you should plan to take the day off from work (or at least the afternoon), play hooky with the kids and find a place close to home to experience the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 on August 21. 

What is a total solar eclipse?
Total solar eclipses are an incredible scientific coincidence and it's rare for the path to span such a great distance over a developed country like the U.S. during a prime viewing time. The moon is about 400 times smaller than the sun, and the sun is about 400 times farther away from the Earth. Since this ratio happens to be the same, the sun and moon appear to be the same size when viewed from the Earth's surface. During a total solar eclipse, the orbit of the moon passes directly in front of the sun, completely blocking it from view, plunging the areas under the path of totality into darkness as the temperature drops. Because of slow orbital changes, total solar eclipses did not exist millions of years in the past, nor will they exist millions of years in the future. Click here to watch a short video  to learn more.

How to see and experience the total solar eclipse
The Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association  has put together a great list of nearby cities and towns that will experience the total solar eclipse, as well as eclipse events that are being offered. You can find that by clicking here. The best place to see the eclipse might not be a city: be sure to look at parks that are within the path of totality and consider taking a camping trip. Be aware that a lot of places are going to fill up and book early! There are people who chase total eclipses to the corners of the world; they aren't going to miss a chance to see an easily accessible one. Some places, especially those closest to the center of the path, are expecting at least 50,000 visitors.

*Most importantly: The eclipse cannot be viewed without a pair of eclipse glasses. To do so risks permanent damage to vision. NASA has compiled a list of safety information for eclipse viewing, as well as a list of approved manufacturers of eclipse glasses, found here.

Keep an eye on Outdoor Chattanooga's Facebook page for viewing options around the Scenic City if you can't travel and how to get some free eclipse glasses.

Eclipse Fun Facts
The total eclipse will travel across 14 states: Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Nashville is one of five state capitals that is within the path of totality.
The path of totality is only about 70 miles across.
The eclipse will take 1 hour and 33 minutes to travel across the United States.
Scientists and historians have been able to pinpoint the exact dates of historical events  as far back as 2137 BCE based on writings mentioning eclipses.
In 1919, Arthur Stanley Eddington used a total solar eclipse to prove Einstein's Theory of Relativity.

Community Events
Float Trip on S. Chick Creek Aug. 5

Join the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance  for a float trip on a section of South Chickamauga Creek from Graysville to Camp Jordan on Saturday, August 5 beginning at 10:00 a.m. You must have your own paddlecraft to participate. This is a 6.5 mile Class I trip (current and obstacles) that requires a short portage around the Mill dam at Graysville, and a short rocky section near the take out at Camp Jordan. The group will meet at Graysville, unload boats, then run shuttle. The trip takes about 3.5 hours. Paddling experience and use of own equipment required. If interested, email Sandra Kurtz by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, to RSVP.

Jasper Highlands Classic Aug. 18-20
The Jasper Highlands Classic Cycling Omnium and Half Marathon/10K  is a large scale cycling and running race with cash prize payouts for top finishers along with a family friendly festival with plenty of activities to keep everyone in the family entertained and fed. The festival is free to attend and will draw in approximately 500 athletes from all over the country. You won't want to miss the views or the action of this unique event. Click here  for more info about races and list of weekend activities.

Art 120's 2017 Urban Art Bike Extravaganza Aug. 22
Come out to Coolidge Park on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 12-2 p.m. and check out the Art 120  Art Bikes created at the 2017 Art 120 Urban Art Bike Camp  hosted at East Chattanooga YFD Center! This program is designed for students to make their own kinetic sculptures and understand the value of STE(A)M Education in their community and worldwide! The event is free and open to the public.  Click here  for more info. 

More Community Events 

August
1        Rock Creek SUP Class 
4        Night Hike @ Cloudland Canyon 
4-6     Cloudland Canyon Adventure Weekend 
5        Still Hollow Trail Race 
          Cherokee Cultural Celebration 
          Orienteering 101 @ Cloudland Canyon 
          Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point 
6        Beginner Mountain Bike Ride @ Cloudland Canyon 
          Wild Women Outdoors - Buggy Top Cave Hike 
8        Rock Creek SUP Class 
11-13  Girls at Play Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Clinic 
12      Knots So Fast @ Cloudland Canyon 
          Mountain Chicks - Springer Mountain Loop Hike 
          Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point 
13      Beginner Mountain Bike Ride @ Cloudland Canyon 
18      Wild Women Outdoors - Rappelling Excursion 
19      Scenic City Mud Run 
         Orienteering 101 @ Cloudland Canyon 
         Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point 
         Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour 
20      Beginner Mountain Bike Ride @ Cloudland Canyon 
21      Solar Eclipse 2017 
22      Art 120's Urban Art Bike Extravaganza 
25      Night Hike @ Cloudland Canyon 
          National Park Service Birthday-Fee Free Day at National Parks 
25-27  River Gorge Omnium Bike Race 
26      Knots So Fast @ Cloudland Canyon 
          Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point 
27      Beginner Mountain Bike Ride @ Cloudland Canyon 

September 
1        Night Hike @ Cloudland Canyon 
2        Orienteering 101 @ Cloudland Canyon 
2-4     Catfish Rodeo @ Cloudland Canyon 
3        Beginner Mountain Bike Ride @ Cloudland Canyon 
9        Ironman 70.3 Women's World Championship 
          Knots So Fast @ Cloudland Canyon 
10       Ironman 70.3 Men's World Championship 
          Beginner Mountain Bike Ride @ Cloudland Canyon 
16      Orienteering 101 @ Cloudland Canyon


Tennessee-Alabama Carcass Important Ban Announced As Vital To Prevent The Spread Of CWD

Poster Contest's 30th Year Highlights Unique Bog Habitats In Georgia

Deer Season Open Aug. 23-25 For Private Lands/Archery Only And Special Unit CWD Deer Hunt


As deer season approaches, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency remind hunters that it is illegal to import whole carcasses ... (click for more)

Teachers and students across the state are invited to explore Georgia’s wildlife and students’ artistic interests through the 30th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. The goal ... (click for more)

Tennessee’s statewide three-day archery private lands only/antlered only deer season will be held Aug. 23-25. In addition, newly-created muzzleloader/archery, antlered only hunt for the new Unit ... (click for more)


Outdoors

Tennessee-Alabama Carcass Important Ban Announced As Vital To Prevent The Spread Of CWD

As deer season approaches, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency remind hunters that it is illegal to import whole carcasses and certain body parts of any species of deer into either state. The import ban on deer in Alabama and Tennessee is part of a larger effort throughout the country to prevent the spread ... (click for more)

Poster Contest's 30th Year Highlights Unique Bog Habitats In Georgia

Teachers and students across the state are invited to explore Georgia’s wildlife and students’ artistic interests through the 30th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. The goal of this competition for grades K-five is to generate a greater knowledge and appreciation of Georgia’s diverse wildlife and their habitats. The initiative is sponsored by the Georgia Department ... (click for more)

Breaking News

CFC Interested In Having 3 Soccer Fields At 13 Acres Of Montague Park Available For Development; Montague Descendants Oppose Any Commercial Use

The city of Chattanooga is seeking Requests for Proposals for the development of 13 acres at Montague Park by E. 23rd Street. A pre-bid meeting was held at the site on Wednesday morning, and the proposals are due by Sept. 10. A city panel will review the proposals and make a recommendation. Tim Kelly, chairman and co-founder of the Chattanooga Football Club, confirmed that ... (click for more)

State Dismisses Manslaughter Charge Against Jadarius Knox; Anguished Mother Of Victim Says "He Didn't Have To Kill Him"

The District Attorney's Office on Thursday dismissed a voluntary manslaughter charge against Jadarius Knox, saying evidence in the case in which Dakota Biddle was killed showed a self defense theory could be found to be valid. Knox was original charged with criminal homicide in the May 2018 incident on Basswood Drive, but it was reduced to voluntary manslaughter at the Grand ... (click for more)

Opinion

Are There Too Many Hamilton County Schools?

Two recent articles reveal a great deal about the present state of local public education. Mixing and matching information and reading between the lines reveals even more. First, there is that loooonnnngg list of Top Hamilton County Schools Salaries 2019. That nearly incredible list covers only salaries from $70,000 and up, and includes 290 different individuals -- approaching ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Drum Major For Peace

There have been many Christmas Seasons when I have looked high and low for Christmas Cards that included the poem, “One Solitary Life.” I came across the revered poem easily over 40 years ago during a kiddie matinee at the famed Radio City Music Hall, which is in midtown Manhattan. The Radio Music Hall is huge – it can comfortably seat 6,000 – and so awesome is the Christmas Spectacular ... (click for more)