I was at dinner with a friend last night and she mentioned that Chattanooga has become the nationally known place to come for outdoor sports. She told me that her friend, a resident of Washington, DC who is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast called her to ask “what is going on in Chattanooga?” Apparently, she had gotten numerous advertisements for events in and around the Chattanooga area.
I was blown away. I mean, Chattanooga is wonderful and I agree there are so many outdoorsy things to do here, but nationally known? Advertised nationally? Whoa.
I did a little research and I found that we are indeed the one of top places to rock climb and our neighbor down the road, Ocoee, is the top place to kayak. People come from all over the country to do both. Add an Iron Man, a top bicycle time trial (USA Cycling Time Trial), a 50k trail run (Rock Creek Stump Jump) and a huge paddle board race (River Rocks SUP Race) and I guess we deserve to be known nationally.
I love that. We have a high school that uses the outdoors as part of the curriculum and whose student’s supply sheet requires hiking boots. The outdoors is a huge part of our culture here. Any day, even in the snow, rain, fog, wind or heat you will find people out enjoying what is a wonderful blessing, whether it be on the road, trails or water.
Living in Chattanooga, it could become easy to take for granted what my friend’s friend is so curious to know. Why Chattanooga is so great and “What is going on in Chattanooga?”
If you are relocating to Chattanooga or considering a move, we would love to share the secret and answer to that question and help you find the home that will best help you live the “Chattanooga Experience” to the fullest.