A weekly list of upcoming outdoors events in the Chattanooga area; to submit an event, write to

» Wild turkey hunting season: Through May 12 (shotgun/archery) in Tennessee, 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset; through May 15 in Georgia.

» Sportsman's Warehouse Dream Bass Tournament: Saturday, from Chester Frost Park, safe daylight till 3 p.m.; $150 plus optional $10 for big fish pot. Register at Sportsman's Warehouse in Chattanooga or see or call 423-892-6300.

» Soddy-Daisy chapter of Tennessee Trails Association hikes: Saturday, Piney River from Shutin Gap Road picnic ground to bridge & back, 5-plus miles (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy; call Tom McElhone at 805-208-4654); Tuesday, Foster Falls to Small Wilds & back, easy 4-5 miles plus harder option to go to bottom of falls (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Food City in Red Bank; call Trish at 332-6517); May 11, Piney River Trail from Newby Branch to Spider's Den & back, easy to moderate 5 miles (meet at 8:30 a.m. at Durham Street lot; call McElhone).

» International Women's Mountain Bike Day clinic/group rides: Saturday, 10 a.m., White Oak Mountain trail system (meet near restrooms & bike station at entrance); begins with 2-hour clinic led by Kat Volzer for women wanting to develop their downhill skills; no-group rides begin at noon; hosted by IMBA & Velo Vixens. See

» Cumberland Trail hiking series: Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m.; 1 way, shuttle provided, mostly downhill 4-7 miles; free but advance registration required through or 643-6888.

» Adaptive cycling program: Monday & May 13, June 10 & 24, 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 or 596-5268 or Elaine at or 423-697-1345. Also, volunteers email

» Chattanooga Grotto Club meeting: Monday, 7-8:30 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; promotes caving adventures; free, open to public.

» 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

» Local Tennessee Ornithological Society meeting: May 9, 7 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 720 S. Germantown Road. Contact David Stone at or 423-413-7033.

» Pedal to Paddle the South Chick Creek greenway & blueway: May 17, 3-6 p.m.; leisurely, guided 2.5-mile bike ride to Sterchi Farm Park for beginner-friendly canoe rides back to the start; $20, $10 for ages 8-12 riding in a canoe with 2 adults; payment in advance required. Call 423-643-6888.

» Chickamauga Battlefield free bike tour: May 18, 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 706-866-9241.

» Full Moon Kayak Tour: May 18, 8-10 p.m., Chickamauga Lake; led by Outdoor Chattanooga; appropriate for adults & ages 14-up accompanied by adult; $35, covers equipment; pre-payment required. Email or call 423-643-6888.

» Chattanooga Bicycle Club meeting: May 20, 6-7 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; for recreational cyclists.