A weekly list of upcoming outdoors events in the Chattanooga area. To submit an event, write to email@example.com.
» Deer firearms season: Through Jan. 6 in Tennessee, 2 antlerless per day in Unit A, 1 in Units B & D, 1 antlered per day, 2 per license year; through Jan. 13 in Georgia, season limit of 10 anterless & 2 antlered.
» Remaining dove hunting seasons: Through Jan. 15 in Georgia; Saturday through Jan. 15 in Tennessee; half-hour before sunrise till sunset; daily limit 15 per hunter, not counting collared doves.
» Soddy-Daisy chapter of Tennessee Trails Assn. hikes: Saturday, Snow Falls at Laurel/Snow area near Dayton, 10 miles (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy; call John Politte at 423-304-8327); Tuesday, Chickamauga Battlefield, easy 4.37 miles (meet at 8:30 a.m. at lower parking lot at park visitors center; call Gloria Nelson at 423-645-9008); Dec. 15, Soddy Gulf trailhead to Deep Creek & back, moderately strenuous 7 miles (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Durham Street lot; call Politte at 304-8327); Dec. 18, Turtletown Falls, easy to moderate 3.4-mile loop trail including 2 waterfalls (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Food City in Ooltewah; call Sue Christiansen at 580-5595 or Nelson at 645-9008); Dec. 22, Harrison Bay (meet at 8:30 a.m. at park trailhead; call Nancy Allen at 344-1118).
» Interscholastic Climbing League: Saturday, High Point downtown; Dec. 15, site TBA; second & third of six 2018-19 meets at three local climbing centers; grades 6-12. Contact Outdoor Chattanooga at firstname.lastname@example.org or 643-6888.
» Local Tennessee Ornithological Society meeting: Dec. 13, 7 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 720 S. Germantown Road. Contact David Stone at email@example.com or 413-7033.
» Wauhatchie Trail Race: Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m., 6.7 miles on dirt/gravel roads & trails on lower slopes of Lookout Mountain from nature center; handicapped by age & gender, beginning with 80-older females at 9:30 & going through 10:15 start for 25-29 males; $10 through midnight Dec. 13 at racectc.org; then $15. See www.chattanoogatrackclub.org.
» Kayak trip to view Sandhill cranes: Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., around perimeter of Hiwassee Island with Outdoor Chattanooga guides; 14- & 16-foot sea touring kayaks provided by OC, as well as transportation from Greenway Farm or Dayton to the site near Birchwood; $45, advance payment required. Trip currently full, but email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 643-6888 to be added to waiting list or possible January trip, or to be included with your own equipment & transportation.
» Winter waterfall hike: Dec. 15, noon-3 p.m., Grundy Forest day loop, Tracy City; moderate 3 miles; includes hearing about history of the Fiery Gizzard Trail & old-growth trees & rock formations along the way; $8, registration limited to 10. Call 931-924-2980.
» Chattanooga Bicycle Club meeting: Dec. 17, 6-7 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; for recreational cyclists.
» Rapid Learning intro to kayak & skills practice: Jan. 8, 7-8 or 8-9 p.m., Hulsey Wellness Center at Southern Adventist University; family-friendly for ages 8-up; $75 for individual year's membership, $125 for family; first-timers free; equipment provided, reservations not required. Email email@example.com or call 643-6888.