Chattanooga area outdoors calendar

Chattanooga area outdoors calendar

January 11th, 2018 by Staff Report in Sports - Outdoors

» Local Tennessee Ornithological Society meeting: Today, 7 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 720 S. Germantown Road. Contact David Stone at or 413-7033.

» Soddy-Daisy chapter of Tennessee Trails Association hikes: Saturday, Savage Gulf south rim, moderate to strenuous, 5 miles in, 5 out (meet at 9 a.m. at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy; call George Bonneau at 842-3619); Tuesday, Roaring Creek to McGill Creek & back, moderate 5 miles (meet at 9 a.m. at Durham Street lot; call Bonneau); Jan. 20, North Chickamauga Creek, strenuous 9 miles (meet at 9 a.m. at Walmart parking lot in Soddy-Daisy; call John Politte at 304-8327); Jan. 23, Sewanee campus trail segments, starting at university gate trailhead on Hwy. 41, moderate to strenuous 6.1 miles (meet at 9 a.m. at Publix parking lot on North Market Street; call Delores Ladd at 214-422-7206); Jan. 27, Lula Lake, moderate 4.5 miles (meet at 9 a.m. at Food City parking lot in Red Bank; call Nancy Allen at 344-1118 or Bonneau); Jan. 30, Harrison Bay State Park, easy 4.5 miles (meet at 9 a.m. at Target lot on Hwy. 153; call Ed Pyers at 344-9271).

» New Cumberland Trail hiking series: Saturday to Dec. 1, 12 moderately strenuous Friday or Saturday guided hikes, 4-7 miles each; first three Saturday (Little Soddy), Jan. 26 (Big Soddy/South) & Feb. 3, then March 2 (all free); Saturday-Sunday backpacks ($65 each) March 10-11 & April 14-15; section details given with registration, required in advance through or 643-6888. Participants earn credit toward 50-miler award from Cumberland Trail Conference.

» Winter Workshop Series: Wilderness First Aid, Jan. 18 & 25, 6-7:30 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; free, all ages, registration not required; other workshops Thursdays through March 1 (Feb. 1, Fishing 101). Email or call 643-6888.

» Lookout Wild Film Festival: Jan. 18-21, 7 p.m. plus 2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, Walker Theatre at Memorial Auditorium; films on Antarctic mountain climbing, Grand Canyon rafting, Himalayan honey harvests, other outdoor adventure/conservation subjects, 50-plus in all; $30 weekend passes available, individual shows $12.50. Buy tickets at

» Interscholastic Climbing League: Jan. 20, High Point Downtown, fourth of six meets for grades 6-12 for 2017-18 season; meets five and six Feb. 10 & 24. Contact Outdoor Chattanooga at or 643-6888.

» Chattanooga Hiking Club meeting: Feb. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; free, open to public.

» Rapid Learning whitewater kayaking practice: Feb. 6, March 6 & April 3, 7-9 p.m., Hulsey Wellness Center, Southern Adventist University; family-friendly for ages 8-up; first-timers free (except for $2 pool fee), equipment provided, reservations not required; yearly membership $75, family membership $125. Email or call 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.