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Outdoor Chattanooga News + Events July 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
Archers + Aces
Adults Only Archery
Tuesdays, July 9 + 23 | 12 - 1:30 PM
Game playing isn’t just for kids! We offer a lot of family-friendly activities throughout the year, so we decided to create one for adults only! Kind of like adult swim time in the pool, that’s the theme behind our Adults only Archery sessions. These free indoor sessions offer grown ups the opportunity to take aim and try archery while playing games and socializing with peers. Each session we will offer different game themed targets to encourage commradery and friendly competition. Sessions occur at the Outdoor Chattanooga Center in Coolidge Park every other Tuesday, June 11, 25, July 9, 23 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. All sessions are walk-in and open to ages 30+. No reservation or prior experience required. All equipment and instruction provided. Cost: free. Leave the kids at home and join us for Adult Archery!
Paddle Smart Chattanooga
Tuesday, July 9 | 6-8 p.m.
Have you recently purchased your own kayak/canoe/SUP, but lack the confidence to get out and explore Chattanooga’s scenic waterways on your own? BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) and join Outdoor Chattanooga for an introduction to flatwater paddling course that will give you the confidence to safely and smartly paddle Chattanooga’s scenic waterways! Paddle Smart Chattanooga classes are taught by Outdoor Chattanooga’s experienced paddling instructors who share their knowledge and offer insight on the best ways to set up your boat, transport your craft, 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: $10 per person. This class is designed for participants who have and bring their own equipment. Loaner boats not available. Appropriate ages 10+ when accompanied by a participating adult. This class is held at Chester Frost County Park/ Chickamauga Lake.
Reservation are required in advance as class size is limited to 6 participants. Reserve online here or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.

Rapid Learning Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Classes
Wednesdays in July EXCEPT JULY 3 | 6-8 p.m. NO CLASS JULY 3
Rapid Learning Intro to Kayaking Skills Classes at Chester Frost County Park.
Outdoor Chattanooga's  Rapid Learning Kayak Program provides formal and equipped instruction to learn and develop whitewater kayaking skills. Now that the weather is warming and the sun is shining, we're headed outside to Chester Frost County Park to offer our Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Skills Classes at the lake every Wednesday starting May 1st through the end of September. We offer two sessions each Wednesday; first session is 6-7 PM, second session is 7-8 PM. No reservations, experience or equipment required to attend, and the first session is always free! You'll find us at the end of the swimming beach near the first boat ramp. For more info email Outdoor Chattanooga .
Lookout Creek Canoe Tour with NPS
Saturday, July 20 | 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in partnership with Outdoor Chattanooga for a FREE, 3-hour guided canoe tour to explore Chattanooga's Civil War waterways. The National Park Partners sponsor these free tours to give visitors the opportunity to paddle the quiet waters of Lookout Creek and the Tennessee River to learn about the rich Civil War and American Indian history associated with Lookout Mountain and Moccasin Bend from a National Park Ranger and historian. Online reservations open up 2 weeks prior to the scheduled tour date. Click the link to set up an account and make a reservation. Full tour details will be given with a reservation confirmation. Paddlers must be at least 10 years old and ride with an adult to participate. Some paddling experience is helpful but not required to participate. Participants must know how to swim and will be required to wear a lifejacket at all times on the water. Contact Outdoor Chattanooga at 423-643-6888 with questions.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of these free tours, and limited equipment, we will limit each user to participate in one guided canoe/kayak tour per year. We cannot accommodate individuals with their own watercraft(s) on this tour. These tours are intended to be guided and equipped with limited space in the shuttle vehicles and on the canoe trailers that transport people and equipment. Thanks for your understanding.  

Family Funday at Greenway Farm Park
Sunday, July 21 | 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 (cash or check only please) to explore the creek. All other activities are free. Appropriate for ages 5+.

Sunset Kayak Tour
Thursday, July 25 | 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy a guided kayak tour through the Tennessee River Gorge with Outdoor Chattanooga and the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. This 2 hour beginner friendly tour is a wonderful way to experience the Gorge at sunset. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide kayaks, life jackets, and a shuttle back to the vehicles at the put-in. All paddlers are required to use Outdoor Chattanooga kayaks as this ensures that all paddlers travel at a similar speed and that the kayaks can be efficiently placed on the trailer. Registration and payment is required in advance as space is limited. Confirmation and additional details will be sent via email after payment is made.

Community Events + Independence Day Adventures & Celebrations
July is here and the summer heat is in full force. Thankfully, water flows through the heart of Chattanooga! Whether you’re looking for whitewater thrills or seeking the quiet solitude of a backwater slough, this beautiful city offers multiple ways to indulge your love of the water and beat the heat! Check out our list of cool activities to try this month so you can get out and have an adventure!
Hiwassee River Rail Adventures
Wednesday, July 3
Tennessee Overhill in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Rail Road and Hiwassee Outfitters will offer a special Rails to River Adventure on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Start your day with a train ride from Etowah up the Hiwassee River gorge to a local outfitter to end your day floating down the Hiwassee River. This is a one-time special event on July 3rd. Call 423-263-7840 today to reserve your spot!!

Pops on the River
Wednesday, July 3 | 5-10 p.m.
The 2019  Pops on the River  Independence Day celebration will take place on July 3, in Coolidge Park, thanks to the support of the City of Chattanooga and ArtsBuild , along with sponsorship from a variety of local businesses. This popular community event features a FREE outdoor patriotic concert starting at 5:00 p.m. by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO) as well as performances from veteran songwriters with “Operation Song." A large fireworks display will begin at the conclusin of the concert at approximately 9:45 p.m. A variety of food, beer and non-alcoholic drink concessions will be available on site. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a picnic during the Pops on the River program.   Coolidge Park will be closing to vehicular traffic at 4:00 p.m. on the day of the show. There will be a free shuttle service running from the Republic parking lots (previously owned by UNUM) between 4th and 5th Streets from 6:00-11:00 pm. The lots are pay-to-park lots. Shuttle pickup and drop off on the north side of the river will be near the Chattanooga Theatre Centre at the intersection of Tremont and River Streets.
Collegedale's Annual Freedom Celebration & Fireworks
Wednesday, July 3 | 6-10 p.m.
The City of Collegedale will host its annual Freedom Celebration on Wednesday, July 3rd at . Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 9:45 p.m. with a grand illumination displaying the area’s largest firework show. Please follow the event on Facebook to keep up with event announcements.

Raft 4 Freedom
Thursday, July 4
Tennessee State Parks, Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park, all 23 Ocoee River Rafting Outfitters, and the citizens of Polk County want to thank our military for their service! On July 4th, any veteran or active duty soldier will receive a free ride on the river with any outfitter on the Ocoee! Simply contact the outfitter of your choice now through July 1st to reserve your spot. You have taken care of us, let us take care of you!

Toad&Co Trail Work Day at Ritchie Hollow
Sunday, July 7 | 2-6 p.m.
Rock/Creek worked alongside the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards and prAna to build the Ritchie Hollow Trail, which opened in 2018. Spend a couple of hours doing maintenance on the beautiful Ritchie Hollow Trail with Rock/Creek and their friends from Toad&Co, and then meet back at the trailhead for beer, snacks and other refreshments. Toad&Co will be giving away two outfits, and all attendees will receive a coupon for Toad&Co discounts at Rock/Creek. If you have your own gloves and tools, please bring them with you! We will mostly be trimming back brush and clearing the trail (nothing major like chainsawing), so it will be casual and family friendly.

Spirit of America Youth Boating Camp
July 15-19 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Spirit of America Program offers girls and boys the opportunity to develop self-confidence, social skills, practice self-control, and demonstrate responsible behavior- all while having a great time learning how to operate small boats, canoes, kayaks, and sailboats! This 5-Day summer education program will be offered for a $40.00 registration fee plus a $10.00 type 600 TWRA exam permit that must be purchased before the camp to take the boating certification exam. The program is open for ages 12-15. There will be a maximum of 18 students in the camp. Students should bring a bag lunch each day, water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray. If they have their own life jacket, they should bring it. Otherwise, we will provide one. Applications are available at the Harrison Bay State Park Office. Make checks payable to Friends of Harrison Bay State Park. Orientation will be held on July 12th at 4:30pm at the Recreation Hall.

Astronomy Weekend at Fall Creek Falls
July 26-27 | Late afternoon - 10 PM
Fall Creek Falls State Park is exceptionally well suited to night sky viewing. Make plans to attend any or all of the Astronomy Weekends to discuss constellations and spatial relationships in the solar system. Telescope viewing will also be offered, weather permitting. For more information, email Lloyd Watkins or visit Cumberland Astronomical Society .

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