Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Monday, July 2, 2018

Here are upcoming Outdoor Chattanooga news and events:

Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge Paddle
Sunday, July 8 | 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped kayak tour at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, located at the confluence of the Tennessee and Hiwassee Rivers about one hour north of Chattanooga.Cost: $45 per person - includes guides, equipment, and transportation from Greenway Farm or meet in Dayton.
Registration and payment is required in advance as space is limited.


Kayak the Tennessee River Gorge
Saturday, July 14 | 8:00 a.m - 1:30 p.m.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped kayak tour down the gorgeous Tennessee River Gorge.Cost: $45 per person - includes guides, equipment, and transportation to and from the river. Registration and payment is required in advance as space is limited.

Dam Sunset Kayak Tour
Saturday, July 14 | 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped kayak tour on the Tennessee River and the unforgettable experience of locking down through the Chickamauga Dam. Cost: $35 per person - includes all paddling equipment, guides, and transportation. Registration and payment required in advance as space is limited. Some kayaking experience helpful, but not required to participate. Ages 14+ with participating adult.

Paddle Smart - Intro to Paddling
Wednesday, July 18+ 25 |6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Do you have your own kayak, but lack the confidence to explore Chattanooga's scenic waterways? BYO-Boat (kayak, SUP, or canoe) and join Outdoor Chattanooga for an intro to flatwater paddling class that will give you the confidence to safely and smartly paddle Chattanooga's scenic waterways!Cost: $10 per person. This class is designed for participants who have and bring their own equipment. Location: Chester Frost County Park. Pre-Registration is required. Class size is limited.

Battlefield Bike Tour
Saturday, July 21 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy a leisurely-pacedbicycle tour on the Chickamauga Battlefieldwith the National Park Serviceand Outdoor Chattanooga. Bicycles are available at no charge with reservation; contact the Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241 to reserve. Or bring your own. Ages 6+ (no training wheels please). Cost: Free. Helmets required for all riders.
Family Funday at Greenway
Sunday, July 22+ 29 |4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Pack a picnic and load up the whole family to enjoy a full day of activity at Greenway Farms City Park. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide equipment for families to try archery or take a self guided hike. Canoes can be rented for $25 to explore the creek. All other activities are free. Appropriate for ages 5+.

Community Events
Raft 4 Freedom
Wednesday, July 4 | 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tennessee State Parks, Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park, and all 24 Ocoee River Rafting Outfitters want to thank our military for their service! OnJuly 4th, any veteran or active military member will receive a free ride on the river with any Ocoee outfitter! Call an outfitter through July 1st to reserve your spot. You have taken care of us, let them take care of you!

BOTE Demo Days at L2
Wednesday, July 4+ 18 |6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cool off this summer during a BOTE Demo day withL2 Outside
! They'll let you try out some stylish BOTE SUP boards so you can discover which one works best for you, your unique riding style, body type, and personal needs.Demo days are kid and pet friendly, but all children under age 12 must be on a craft with an adult. No RSVP needed, first come first served.

Greenway Farms Dog Walk
Saturday, July 14 | 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Load up your favorite furry friends and bring them to Greenway Farms for a mile-long walkwith North Chick Creek Conservancy. There will be plenty of places for Fido to swim, play and mingle with other pups. No need to register. Please be sure to bring a leash.

Nature of Art: Swimming in Art
Saturday, July 21 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Swim through art (and the Tennessee River) onSaturday July 21as part of "Nature of Art", a monthly series presented by Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center and the Hunter Museum of American Art. Each event involves an active outdoor experience along with a visual art connection.Open water swimming experience recommended for this event.

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2018-19 Gun Hunting Season For Deer Opens Nov. 17

Tennessee State Parks Host Free Hikes The Day After Thanksgiving

Waterfowl Season Opens In Georgia On Nov. 17


Tennessee’s 2018-19 gun hunting season for deer opens Saturday, Nov. 17. Deer gun season has the traditional opening date of the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. During gun season, sportsmen ... (click for more)

Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at all 56 state parks the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. “Tennessee’s state parks are once again offering the opportunity to get outdoors ... (click for more)

With waterfowl hunting season opening Saturday, Nov. 17, duck and goose hunters across Georgia should find similar wetland conditions to last year, according to experts with the Georgia Department ... (click for more)


Outdoors

2018-19 Gun Hunting Season For Deer Opens Nov. 17

Tennessee’s 2018-19 gun hunting season for deer opens Saturday, Nov. 17. Deer gun season has the traditional opening date of the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. During gun season, sportsmen may also use muzzleloader or archery equipment. The season will continue through Jan. 6, 2019. The second Young Sportsman Hunt is Jan. 12-13. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1969 is ... (click for more)

Tennessee State Parks Host Free Hikes The Day After Thanksgiving

Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at all 56 state parks the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. “Tennessee’s state parks are once again offering the opportunity to get outdoors the day after Thanksgiving to engage in healthy, fun activities,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “It’s a chance to explore ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Attorneys Ask Lifting Of Home Confinement For Hazelwood After Higher Court Allows Him To Stay Out During Appeal; Government Is Opposed

Attorneys for former Pilot Travel Centers president Mark Hazelwood are asking Judge Curtis Collier for the lifting of his home confinement after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said he could remain out during his appeal. In the alternative, the attorneys ask that he be able to leave his Knoxville home between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The motion also requests that Hazelwood be ... (click for more)

Tyner Man Arrested When Woman Finds Him With Items From Home Of Her Deceased Parents

A Tyner man has been arrested after police said a woman found him at the home of her deceased parents. J.C. Donaldson, 32, of 7239 Tyner Road, is charged with aggravated burglary. The woman said she found a white Buick in her parents' driveway. She said she called her sister to ask if it was her, but she said it was not. She ran into Donaldson, who told her that someone ... (click for more)

Opinion

Bring Jeff Styles Back Now That His Case Was Dismissed

Now that prosecutors have dropped charges against Jeff Styles — and he's not been found guilty by a jury of his peers — I hope Bill Lockhart and WGOW will return him to the station. I'm believe his listeners will welcome him back with open arms. After one has been through a ringer like this, I'm not sure how you get your life back unless a good guy like Mr. Lockhart steps up ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The 2018 Turkey Edition

We are less than a week away from Thanksgiving so today we are going to take a tiny turn away from regular Saturday Funnies to give way to our 2018 Turkey Edition Special. The idea is for this year’s Turkey edition to help you be the first invited for “seconds” in honor and recognition of your marvelous wit. Actually, this setup is remarkably easy. Early next week you next begin ... (click for more)