August 2021 Events + News
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 Programs
Indoor Archery Sessions at Outdoor Chattanooga
Free indoor archery sessions every Tuesday in August. All sessions occur at the Outdoor Chattanooga Center, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. All equipment and instruction are provided. No experience or reservation is required to play. Just show up, take aim and shoot.
Adult Archery
12:30 - 2:00 PM

Remember adult swim time in the pool? That’s the theme of our Adults-only Archery sessions. We offer a lot of family-friendly activities throughout the year, so we created this one just for grown-ups to give them the opportunity to take aim and try archery while socializing with peers. Each session will offer group games to encourage comradery and friendly competition. Adult Archery is best suited for archers ages 30+. Leave the kids at home and join us for Adult Archery!

Try Archery
3:00 - 5:00 PM

Take aim at Outdoor Chattanooga's "Try Archery" class. This free indoor class offers a hands-on opportunity to learn more about the sport of archery. Concentrating on range safety rules and fundamentals of archery, the class is taught using the National Archery in Schools NASP equipment and procedures. The session is walk-in and open to ages 6 and up. No reservation or prior experience required. All equipment provided. Cost: free. Just show up, take aim and give archery a try!

Kayak Polo
Tuesdays in August and September | 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for free Kayak Polo sessions every Tuesday in August and September from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Warner Park Pool. What is kayak polo? It’s a competitive game that combines kayaking with polo. The objective is to pass a ball to teammates and advance down the pool to score points in the opponent's goal. Think water polo in a kayak. Prior to play, participants will be briefed on safety and the rules. Teams will consist of up to 8 players and are matched based on skill sets. Fundamental kayak instruction is not provided in this session but is offered with the Rapid Learning Whitewater Kayak program skills and roll practices on Wednesdays.

These free kayak polo sessions are open to ages 13 and up, beginners, as well as advanced kayakers are welcome, but due to the fast-paced nature of the game, all players should have some experience in effectively maneuvering a kayak and must wear a helmet. Whitewater kayaks are recommended, however, participants with recreational kayaks are also welcome to participate. You’re encouraged to bring your own kayak equipment, but for those that don’t have their own and want to play, we will have a limited number of whitewater kayaks and helmets available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Online Registration is recommended. Walk-ins are permitted if space allows. Registered participants will get first pick of gear.

Bat Cave Canoe Tours
August 5 | 7:30 - 10 PM
Outdoor Chattanooga hosts a guided and equipped canoe trip to Nickajack Cave, where thousands of endangered gray bats come each summer to raise their young. We will begin with essential canoeing instruction for the novice paddler and set out for a short paddle to the mouth of the cave at dusk and watch the bats fly to start their nightly feeding. A short return paddle in the twilight tops off the experience. This special trip is appropriate for the entire family, adults and kids ages 5 and older. Cost: $20 per adult (2 per canoe) and $10 for children under 10 years of age (sits on the floor of the canoe if the child is very small and total weight is under 500lbs). Online reservations required in advance.

Mountain to Town Downhill Bike Tour
August 7 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mountain to Town Bike Adventure is a guided downhill mountain bike ride that highlights the scenic trails atop Lookout Mountain and how they connect to the Tennessee Riverwalk all the way to downtown Chattanooga! Join us for this all-inclusive downhill bike adventure to enjoy scenic views of the city from the Guild Trail and follow the shores of the Tennessee River from along the Riverwalk. Outdoor Chattanooga’s experienced guides will be with you during the ride providing support and instruction. Cost is only $25 which includes transportation from downtown to Lookout Mountain, a guided tour, and the use of a mountain bike and helmet (or use your own). Online reservations are required in advance as space is limited.

Rock Climbing at the Walnut Wall
August 8 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Outdoor Chattanooga's experienced rock climbing staff will open the Walnut Wall in Coolidge park to give anyone interested the opportunity to try vertical rock climbing. This is top-roped climbing with route difficulty varying from beginner to advanced. No experience is necessary and the equipment is provided for FREE. Gym shoes and longer shorts or athletic pants are most appropriate. Lightning or heavy rain will cancel. This is completely free and open to all ages 5+. No reservation required. Walk-up, first come first serve. Come spend the afternoon in the park with us!

The City of Chattanooga's Walnut Wall overlooks the Tennessee River from a 50' high limestone pier of the historic Walnut Street Bridge in Coolidge Park. Located on the north shore of the river, the wall hosts special climbing programs and activities through Outdoor Chattanooga.

Paddle Smart - Intro to Flatwater Paddling
August 20 | 6:00 - 8:30 PM
We invite you to learn how to Paddle Smart Chattanooga, an in-person and on-water class, taught by Outdoor Chattanooga’s experienced paddling instructors. You'll learn how to transport your watercraft, paddling techniques, navigation essentials, entry and exit practices, self-rescue techniques, TN boater laws, understanding CFS-water flow and how it can affect you, safety precautions and resources for recreational paddling in the Chattanooga area. You’ll learn the basics to keep yourself safe in any scenario and proper trip planning skills to make the most of every water-based adventure! Cost is $10 for those that have their own kayak/canoe/SUP and $35 for those without and who need to use our recreational kayaks and gear. Online Reservations required.

Chickamauga Battlefield Bike Ride
August 21 | 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Join Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga for this free, leisurely-paced bicycle tour through Chickamauga Battlefield. National Park Service rangers provide recounts of the history of the battlefield during frequent stops, while Outdoor Chattanooga staff and volunteers provide ride support. Loaner bicycles are available for riders five feet tall and over at no charge, thanks to sponsorship from the National Park Partners and the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga. Reservations are required if you need a bicycle. If you have and use your own equipment, a reservation is not necessary. The tours begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center. Ride distance is approximately three to four miles on flat to gently rolling terrain. The rides are considered beginner-friendly and are appropriate for adults, and children ages eight and older when accompanied by an adult. NO training wheels, please. All participants are required to wear helmets during the ride. Call 423-643-6888 to register by phone and learn more.

Full Moon Kayak Tours
August 21 and 22 | 7:30 - 10:00 PM
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for a guided and equipped Full Moon Kayak Tour around the islands and sloughs of Chickamauga Lake as the full moon rises in the night sky. This is a beginner-friendly moonlit tour is appropriate for ages 14+ when accompanied by an adult. Cost is $35 per person which includes all kayak equipment, lights, instruction, and guides throughout the duration of the tour. Online registration and payment are required in advance as space is limited.

Learn to Skateboard
August 28 | 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Ready to kick start your skateboarding adventures? Not sure how to get started or what gear to use? Outdoor Chattanooga's Learn to Skateboard class is for you! Join Outdoor Chattanooga and local skateboard experts for a FREE 90-minute class that will introduce you to the wonderful world of skateboarding! Experienced instructors will teach foundational skills such as body and foot positioning, balancing, pushing, turning, and tic tacking, plus how to fall safely, skate park etiquette, and basic equipment care. Classes are taught at the City of Chattanooga's Chatt Town Skate Park and are appropriate for ages 8 and up. We encourage adults to try too! All equipment including skateboard, helmet, wrist guards, and knee pads are provided for free or participants can bring their own. Online reservations are required in advance. We limit one free class per person per year.
101 Beginner Classes: Aug. 28, Oct. 9, Nov. 6
201 Intermediate Classes Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20
Call 423-643-6888 to learn more.

Rapid Learning Skills Sessions
Wednesdays in Aug + Sep | 6:00 or 7:00 PM
Rapid Learning skills sessions occur every Wednesday night through the end of September at the Warner Park Pool. There are two sessions to choose from, 6:00 or 7:00 PM. We provide all the equipment and instruction. Your first visit is free! No reservation required. First come first serve. Membership based program after the first free session. Call 423-643-6888 to learn more.

Outdoor Community Events
Get off the Grid Fest
August 20-22
The Get Off the Grid Fest will be a weekend full of activities, live music, and speakers at Camp Jordan, August 20-22. Indulge in the Food & Beverage Arcade sourcing from only the freshest, sustainably produced local fare. Check out solar technology and applications in the Solar Expo presented by Scenic City Solar, educate yourself at the Sustainability Fair, experience Electric Vehicles at the EV Expo featuring a Ride n’ Drive program. Don’t forget to relax and be well at the Health & Wellness Tent presented by Haygood Farms. A Vendors Village boasting the best in earth-friendly regional arts and crafts to delight the senses awaits.

Sunset Cinema
August 14 | 7:30 PM
On Saturday, August 14th, the City of Chattanooga's Special Events division in partnership with Chattanooga Zoo presents Dolittle, starring Robert Downey Jr. A physician who can talk to animals embarks on an adventure to find a legendary island with a young apprentice and a crew of strange pets.
7:30 - Pre-movie activities including meet and greet with critters from the Chattanooga Zoo!
8:30 - The movie starts at sunset. Run-time is 1h 41m.
Popcorn from Choo Choo Kettlecorn
Snow Balls from SnoLaLa
Hotdogs from Pops Dogs

Upcoming Events
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