Chattanooga area outdoors calendar, March 22


» Mountain to Town bike adventure: Friday & Saturday & April 13, 9 a.m.-noon, beginner-friendly Guild Trail to Tennessee Riverwalk in St. Elmo and on into downtown; ages 12-up; shuttle & instruction (& mountain bike, too, if needed) provided by Outdoor Chattanooga; $25. Pre-registration required at info@outdoorchattanooga.com or 643-6888.

» Soddy-Daisy chapter of Tennessee Trails Association hikes: Saturday, Retro Hughes Road trailhead to Rock Creek bridge & back, slightly strenuous 5.5 miles (meet at 9 a.m. at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy; call John Politte at 304-8327); Tuesday, Enterprise South, moderate 6 miles (meet at 9:30 a.m. at park visitors center or at 9 a.m. at Target parking lot on Hwy. 153; call Donna Pyers at 344-9271); March 31, Booker T. Washington State Park, moderate 7 miles (meet at 9:30 a.m. at park swimming pool lot or at 9 a.m. at Target lot on Hwy. 153; call Pyers); April 3, Stringer’s Ridge, moderate 4.5 miles (meet at 9 a.m. at parking lot at end of Spears Avenue; call Gail Stokes at 756-8219).

» Try Archery: Wednesday, 3:30-6 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; ages 6-up, free, no experience or reservations necessary. For more information email info@outdoorchattanooga.com or call 643-6888.

» Chattanooga Hiking Club meeting: April 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park; free, open to public.

» Chattanooga Grotto Club meeting: April 2, 7-8:30 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga; free, open to public.

» Rapid Learning whitewater kayaking practice: 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 info@outdoorchattanooga.com or call 643-6888.

» Intro to mountain biking skills courses: April 12 & 20, 6-8 p.m., Greenway Farm; sponsored by Outdoor Chattanooga; ages 10-up, $10, reservations required. Email info@outdoorchattanooga.com or 643-6888.

» Local Tennessee Ornithological Society meeting: April 12, 7 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 720 S. Germantown Road. Contact David Stone at rockturf@epbfi.com or 413-7033.

» New Cumberland Trail hiking series: April 14-15, Saturday-Sunday backpack ($65); moderately strenuous Friday or Saturday guided hikes, 4-7 miles each, resume April 27, May 11, June 8 (free); advance registration required through info@outdoorchattanooga.com or 643-6888. Participants earn credit toward 50-miler award from Cumberland Trail Conference.

» Chattanooga Bicycle Club meeting: April 16, 6-7 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga, Coolidge Park.

» 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 wildtrails.org/200-mile-club 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.





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