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Old 07-10-2007, 07:43 PM
 
Location: New England
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My wife and I are considering moving from Massachusetts to Chattanooga. The gray, freezing cold winters here are starting to get to us. We like the seasons, but milder winters would be nice.

We are in are mid 30's and are big into outdoor activities - biking, hiking, camping, kayaking, running, etc and we are wondering what the outdoor opportunities are like in Chattanooga and in the area in general (within a 3 hour drive).

Are the summers too warm to do much outside? I lived in South Florida for several years, so I know what a really humid summer is like.

Thanks in advance for the input.

Michael
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Old 07-10-2007, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Hi there! My husband, daughter, and I are moving to Chatt next month and are very excited about all of the outdoor activities! There are so many bike paths, waterways, and hills to do all of those things! Here is a link that might be helpful:

Outdoor Chattanooga

Hope that helps....

Robin
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga
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the area should have what you're looking for. Why not come on down for a visit?
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Old 07-12-2007, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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BB - Thanks for the link! Our family is coming up in late October and staying at the Downtown Hilton Garden Inn. I understand it is a short distance to the Aquarium and the River Park activities with all of the asphalt trails to ride bikes on. We're excited about that and also looking forward to finding some hiking trails outside the city.

Sweet!
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga TN
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Grizzly you are staying in the heart of our entertainment area downtown. We have some free electric shuttles that will cruise you all around the downtown area from the river and aquarium to the ChooChoo. Great choice. The bike trails are amazing as well and will take you all the way to the Chickamauga dam.

Michael, you will want to run up to the Ocoee area when you are here for some excellent water action and maybe Cohutta Wilderness for a great WET Jacks River Trail hike or head in another direction to Savage Gulf where there is a 10 mile trail that takes you along the gorge to Hobbs Cabin up on the plateau. If you are looking for things to do, we are in the middle of it all here. Yes, the summers are warm (HOT) and muggy but we manage. The mountains are refreshing and any trip close to the river will give you a nice breeze to cool you off.

Savage Gulf Gallery (http://www.backpackcamp.com/SavageGallery.html - broken link)

Sherpa Guides | Georgia | Mountains | The Cohutta Wilderness
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga
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Great info! Thanks guys.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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[quote=jkmewright;1052497]Grizzly you are staying in the heart of our entertainment area downtown. We have some free electric shuttles that will cruise you all around the downtown area from the river and aquarium to the ChooChoo. Great choice. The bike trails are amazing as well and will take you all the way to the Chickamauga dam.

Michael, you will want to run up to the Ocoee area when you are here for some excellent water action and maybe Cohutta Wilderness for a great WET Jacks River Trail hike or head in another direction to Savage Gulf where there is a 10 mile trail that takes you along the gorge to Hobbs Cabin up on the plateau. If you are looking for things to do, we are in the middle of it all here. Yes, the summers are warm (HOT) and muggy but we manage. The mountains are refreshing and any trip close to the river will give you a nice breeze to cool you off.


I fully understand HOT and muggy being from south of Tampa, Florida. I will take the west coast of Florida over central Florida anyday for heat. I can expect that Chattanooga could not be any hotter!

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Old 07-12-2007, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga
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I fully understand HOT and muggy being from south of Tampa, Florida. I will take the west coast of Florida over central Florida anyday for heat. I can expect that Chattanooga could not be any hotter!



and being from South Florida...I think we won't have much of a problem either
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Old 08-14-2007, 10:25 AM
 
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Racoon Mountain near downtown has great mountain bike/hiking trails that have been maintained by a local bike club. The Chattanooga area has more to do for an outdoor loving group than I could list. I camp locally as well. My recent research (personally going there) has 4 campgrounds located on the water from $17 to $29 with elec. and water hookups within 20 min. of downtown Chattanooga. The Telico area is beautiful and north of Chattanooga. The Olympics were held there. My son recently took a guided rafting trip there. It was around $100 each but was longer than a rafting trip we took in WV for $60 earlier this summer. It included gear and lunch. He liked his guide better in WV but the one in TN was adequate. The actual rafting rated high with the guys. They liked the free wake boarding they did later that evening more. They are 14 though...fickle.
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Old 08-14-2007, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga
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I was in Chattanooga over the weekend, and had no problem with the temps. Don't get me wrong---it was hot! But the humidity was lower than Miami which made all the difference for me!

this past Sunday morning there was a sprint triathlon held downtown. I was tempted to jump in the river and join the fun!
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