Chattanooga area outdoors calendar

Chattanooga area outdoors calendar

September 21st, 2017 by Staff Report in Sports - Outdoors

* Chattanooga Ducks Unlimited annual banquet: Today, 6 p.m., Stratton Hall; side activities include live & silent auctions, raffles & games; tickets include 1-year DU membership & cost $50 for single, $60 for couple, $15 for youth, available at the door. Call Ross Malone at 322-3108.

* Soddy-Daisy chapter of Tennessee Trails Association. hikes: Saturday, Booker T. Washington State Park, moderate 4 miles (meet at 8 a.m. at Target parking lot on Hwy. 153; call Jean Smith at 596-9681); Sept. 26, Sitton's Gulch, bottom of Cloudland Canyon, moderate 4 miles ($5 parking fee; meet at 8 a.m. at Food City parking lot in Red Bank; call Donna Pyers at 352-812-4845); Sept. 30, Retro Hughes Road to Immodium Falls & back, slightly strenuous 6 miles (meet at 8 a.m. at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy; call Boodie Fox at 842-1178); Oct. 3, Signal Mountain MS/HS Blue loop, including Mushroom Rock, moderate 5 miles (meet at 9 a.m. at Food City lot in Red Bank; call Kathy Daniels at 931-265-1661); Oct. 7, Chickamauga Battlefield, moderate 7 miles (meet at 9 a.m. at Food City lot in Red Bank; call Trish Appleton at 240-3443.)

* Sunset strolls to Sunset Point: Saturdays through November, 5-9 p.m., Cloudland Canyon State Park; meet at West Rim access parking lot, fee $5. ranger-guided, start times vary with time of sunset (check for specifics at visitor center). Call 706-657-4050.

* Beginner mountain bike rides: Sundays through November, 9 a.m., Cloudland Canyon State Park; ages 13 to adult, bikes available for rental from visitor center, helmets required, $10-$15. Call 706-657-4050.

* Adaptive cycling program: Monday, 5:30 p.m., from Hubert Fry Center at Tennessee Riverpark; sponsored by SPARC & city of Chattanooga therapeutic recreation division; recumbent 3-wheelers, hand cycles & tandem bikes available; free but pre-registration required through Jerry at or 596-5268 or Elaine at or 697-1345. Also, volunteers email

* Rapid Learning whitewater kayaking practice: Wednesdays, 6-7 & 7-8 p.m., Chester Frost Park, end of the swimming beach by the first boat ramp; family-friendly for ages 8-up; first-timers free, equipment provided, reservations not required; yearly membership $75, family membership $125. Email or call 643-6888.

* Interscholastic Climbing League: Organizing for high school & middle school teams to compete in six meets through the winter with High Point Climbing downtown, Riverside & Tennessee Bouldering Authority as partner-hosts; team needs at least 5 students plus a coach or team sponsor, but individuals from schools without teams can contact Outdoor Chattanooga at or 643-6888.

* Chattanooga Hiking Club meeting: Oct. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park.

* Mountain to Town bike adventure: Oct. 7, 10 a.m., beginner-friendly Guild Trail to Tennessee Riverwalk in St. Elmo and on into downtown; about 2 hours, ages 12-up; shuttle & instruction (& mountain bike, too, if needed) provided by Outdoor Chattanooga; $25. Pre-registration required at or 643-6888.

* Wild Trails 200 Mile Club: Encourages improved fitness; cover 200 miles in three months under one's own power, whether by running, biking, swimming, paddling, walking or other aerobic activities. Anyone interested can start at any time by registering at and recording his or her progress there. Getting to 200 makes one a member, and the membership card secures discounts at a variety of places. Club activities include a campout, barbecue and 15k/5k trail races every three months at Lula Lake Land Trust.