A weekly list of upcoming outdoors events in the Chattanooga area; to submit an event, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Soddy-Daisy chapter of Tennessee Trails Association hikes: Saturday, Hughes Road trailhead to Immodium Falls & back, strenuous 8.5 miles (meet at 8:30 a.m. by ballfields on Durham Street in Soddy-Daisy; call John Politte at 304-8327); Tuesday, Greenway Farm in Hixson, 3 miles (meet at 8:30 a.m. at parking lot off Hamill Road; call Trish Appleton at 332-6517); Aug. 31, Roaring Creek trailhead at Graysville, Tenn., to Gilbreath Branch & back, moderately strenuous 9.5 miles (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Durham Street lot; call Politte); Sept. 3, Stinging Fork Trail to falls & Hinch Mountain & back, easy to moderate 5 miles (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Durham Street lot; hike leaders Rene Grace & Tammy Hendrick; call 315-949-8187); Sept. 7, Prentice Cooper, Cumberland Trail parking lot to Lawson Rock overlook via Indian Rockhouse, moderately strenuous 6.4 miles (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Food City on Signal Mountain Road; call Hendrick at 315-949-8187).
» Adult Archers & Aces: Tuesday, noon-1:30 p.m., indoors at Outdoor Chattanooga center, Coolidge Park; ages 30-older, free, no reservations or experience necessary, sessions include games & socializing; equipment & instruction provided.
» Interscholastic Climbing League: Coaches meeting Tuesday, 5-7 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga building, Coolidge Park; for anyone interested in leading a grades 6-12 team in a series of meets at local indoor climbing centers. Email email@example.com or call 643-6888.
» Rapid Learning intro to kayak & skills practice: Wednesdays, 6-7 & 7-8 p.m., Chester Frost Park, end of swimming beach by first boat ramp; family-friendly for ages 8-up; $75 for individual year's membership, $125 for family; first-timers free; equipment provided, reservations not required. See www.outdoorchattanooga.com.
» Chattanooga Grotto Club meeting: Sept. 2, 7-8:30 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; promotes caving adventures; free, open to public.
» Cloudland Canyon Star Party: Sept. 7, 8-10 p.m., near the park's disc golf course; conducted by Barnard Astronomical Society; chance to see the night sky through telescopes & binoculars available free, with experts to identify constellations, etc.; parking fee $5; if there's a possibility of rain, call 941-544-3420 after 6 the night of the scheduled event.
» Adaptive cycling program: Sept. 9 & 23, 6-8 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 596-5268 or Elaine at email@example.com or 697-1345. Also, volunteers email firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Paddle Smart Chattanooga safety class: Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m., Chester Frost Park beach; led by Outdoor Chattanooga for people with their own boats & equipment but wanting instruction in flatwater paddling; $10; youth 10-up OK with adult; pre-registration required at 643-6888.
» Chattanooga Bicycle Club meeting: Sept. 16, 6-7 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; for recreational cyclists.
» Tennessee River Gorge sunset kayak tour: Sept. 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m., from TVA boat ramp off Raccoon Mountain Road; guided & beginner-friendly; equipment & shuttle provided; $50, required in advance at https://tnrivergorgetrust.ticketspice.com.
» Chickamauga Battlefield free bike tour: Sept. 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m., leisurely 3- to 4-mile ride from visitors center with history talks; adults & kids ages 8-up (with adult) welcome; helmets required. Bicycles can be reserved by calling 643-6888.