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Outdoor Chattanooga News + Events November 2019
Outdoor Chattanooga's newsletter highlights the awesome outdoor activities happening in and around Chattanooga that will connect you to the outdoors and inspire you to come out and play with us!
Outdoor Chattanooga Events
Guided Hike
Saturday Nov. 9 | 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided hike on the Cumberland Trail .   We'll lead registered participants on a moderately strenuous 4-mile hike to explore a unique section of the CT. We'll provide guides and a shuttle for the one-way trek so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature without the worry of getting lost. Call us at 423-643-6888 to register & receive details!

Learn to Ride a Bike 
Monday, Nov 11 | 4:00 OR 6:00 p.m.
Learn how to ride a bicycle with Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced instructors in a relaxed setting. Gain the skills and confidence to get out there riding on your own! FREE classes offered the 2nd Monday each month. No experience necessary. Ages 5+. Bikes, helmets, and instruction provided. Online reservations required in advance. Call 423-643-6888 to register and learn more.

Rapid Learning Winter Skills Sessions
Tuesday, November 12 | 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Learn how to whitewater kayak with Outdoor Chattanooga 's Rapid Learning Whitewater Program ! This dynamic program offers formal and equipped kayak instruction for beginner and seasoned kayakers to learn and develop the skills necessary to safely and confidently paddle whitewater streams. In the winter months, we move indoors to a heated pool at the  Hulsey Wellness Center  in Collegedale. Reservations, experience or equipment are NOT required to attend, and the first session is always free! Additional sessions:  Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 10, and April 21.  For more info  email Outdoor Chattanooga .

Bike Commuting 101
Monday, Nov. 18 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Learn how to drive your bicycle in traffic with Outdoor Chattanooga’s  League of American Bicyclists  Certified Instructors (LCI’s). Gain the skills and confidence to get out there commuting on your own. FREE classes offered the 3rd Monday monthly at 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga. Online reservations required in advance. Call 423-643-6888 to learn more.

Adventure Spotlight
Seasons Change
11 Best Places to View Fall Colors near Chattanooga
It's that incredible time of year again where mother nature paints herself vivid shades of orange, red, and yellow and offers up cool breezes to make the colors dance and shake until the leaves break free from the clutches of their branches and drift to the ground. It might just be our favorite time of the year! As the season changes, we find ourselves getting outside more to soak up the cooler temps and the mesmerizing beauty of all the fall colors in Chattanooga. 

According to  this interactive map from , Chattanooga's fall colors will peak the first and second week of November and there are plenty of ways to get outside and see them for yourself! Here's a list of our favorite spots to see these spectacular sights and colorful skylines. We hope you'll give this month's local adventure a try and share your photos on Instagram by tagging @outdoorchatt to be featured on our feed.
Prentice Cooper State Forest - A state forest with miles and miles of hiking trails and service roads for ATV's offer multiple views of the Tennessee River Gorge! There are backcountry sites for backpackers and a shooting range. Hunt Dates close the forest to all visitors except hunters, so be sure to check the website before you go. Nov. 1-3 is a Deer hunting date.
Tennessee River Gorge - Travel down the gorgeous Tennessee River Gorge via canoe, kayak or on the  Southern Belle  to enjoy the reflective and multi colored views.
Lookout Mountain - Visit Point Park , ride the Incline Railway , hike the Bluff View Trail, rock climb and take in the views at Sunset Rock or visit Lula Lake , which is only open the first and last weekend in November. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance ($10 donation) as parking is limited.
Raccoon Mountain - Utilized primarily by mountain bikers for it's gnarly singletrack, and cyclists for the lightly trafficked roadways, the views of the Tennessee River Gorge from the visitor center are phenomenal. East Overlook and Laurel Point also offer some scenic views. Make a weekend of it! Stay at Raccoon Mountain Campground , hike/bike the trails or launch from the boat ramp.
Harrison Bay State Park - This Tennessee State Park located on Chickamauga Lake is only 20 minutes from dowtown Chattanooga. It offers campsites, a marina, fishing, canoe/kayak launches and a 4.5 mile trail loop for bikers and hikers.

Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park - Located in the Cherokee National Forest in east Tennessee there are trees as far as the eye can see! Take a scenic drive, get out and hike to an overlook, camp, or just sit quietly by the river and reflect on the beauty of nature.
South Cumberland State Park - Foster Falls is spectacular any time of year, but even lovelier when autumn colors peak. There's rock climbing, camping and plenty of hiking trails to explore.
Bald River Gorge Wilderness Area off the scenic Cherohala Skyway near Tellico Plains is a fall color seeker's mecca! Take a scenic drive to view the incredible Bald River Falls and hike the Bald River Trail #88.
Cloudland Canyon State Park - The park has something for evryone including waterfall hikes, canyon views, RV or Tent camping, yurts and cabin rentals, disc golf, and mountain biking. Parking is $5 and worth every penny.

Fort Mountain State Park - This Chatsworth-based park has an iconic overlook, hiking trails, camping and a small lake for a weekend in the woods. Day use fee is $5.
Tsali Recreation Area - If you're looking to get out of town and spend a weekend wandering in the woods, the Tsali Recreation Area in the Nantahala National Forest is a great place to get away and view the fall colors! There's a campground with 42 first come first serve sites, right next to mountain bike and horseback riding trails, and Fontana Lake with a boat launch. The Nantahala River forms the beautiful gorge and the AT passes right through it.
For those who have never seen the full spectrum of autumn colors due to color blindness, the State of Tennessee installed the first-ever scenic viewers outfitted with color vision deficiency technology in 12 of the most beautiful lookouts across the state. The Colorblind Viewers are outfitted with innovative EnChroma ®  lenses designed to alleviate red-green colorblindness. This spectral lens technology enables people with colorblindness to see a broader range of clear, vibrant color.
Community Events
Head of the Hooch
November 2-3
Since 2005, The Head of the Hooch has taken place on the Tennessee River on the first weekend in November, with the finish line in front of the grandstand at Ross’s Landing in downtown Chattanooga, TN. The Head of the Hooch is a 5,000 meter (3.1 mile) head race on the Tennessee River ending at Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Hosted by Atlanta Rowing Club and Lookout Rowing Club, it's one of the largest head races in the US with 2,000+ entries and 20,000+ spectators. It's also a fun and festive weekend for racers and spectators. Click the link below for details including road closures and best places to spectate.
Accessible Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Presentation
Thursday, November 7 | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Join I’ll Push You East TN , aka Team 2Tushes 1Pushes, comprised of Sharon Privett-Stolberg , Carly Pearson , and Leslie King at Outdoor Chattanooga on Thursday, November 7 as they recount their journey and pilgrimage from East Tennessee to the Camino de Santiago as part of the first accessible group trip spearheaded by Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray of the documentary "I'll Push You". In this inaugural accessible pilgrimage, 10 individuals in wheelchairs and one visually impaired person completed 117km of the infamous pilgrimage trail to earn their Compestelo. The presentation is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Come meet these phenomenal women and leave inspired by their journey.

2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour
Friday, Nov. 8 | 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
The F3T is a one of a kind experience hosted by the Appalachian Chapter of Trout Unlimited 137 . With an emphasis on the people, places and fisheries that help make up the vast world of fly fishing, the 2019 F3T will take you around the globe! This remarkable evening of outdoor cinema is an adventure you won’t soon forget. Grab your fishiest friends and take em to the show! GA and VIP tickets are available online at The Hatch Outfitters and at the door before the show. VIP tickets include early seating, drink ticket and your choice of hat or shirt. All proceeds go to native Appalachian brook trout restoration and local river cleanup efforts.

Cumberland Mountain State Park Guided Hike Series
November 1-29
Strap on your hiking boots and join Cumberland Mountain State Park every Friday in November at 11:00 am for their guided hiking series. Several hikes may be located off-site and will require driving to the trailhead from the park office. Each trail is considered moderate in difficulty. Please be equipped with sturdy shoes and a water bottle.
*A hike may be cancelled due to rain at the time of the activity* Check with the park office.

November 1 - Paved trail around the park (~1.5 miles)
November 8 - Cumberland Plateau Trail (~1.0 miles)
November 15 - Pioneer Long Loop Trail (~5.0 miles)
November 22 - Piney Falls State Natural Area (~2.0 miles)
November 29 - Pioneer Short Loop Trail (~2 miles) .

156th Anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga
November 23-25
Join Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park as they commemorate the 156th Anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga with a series of special programs taking place throughout the weekend, including historical hikes and tours on Moccasin Bend, Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge. The historic Cravens House, on Lookout Mountain, will also be open on Saturday and Sunday. Printed schedules are available at the Chickamauga Battlefield and the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Centers or online by clicking the link below.

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