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cycling and rafting in chattanooga??(16 posts)

cycling and rafting in chattanooga??JS Haiku Shop
Apr 16, 2003 12:02 PM
mrs. haiku and i will be in/near chattanooga in the next 2 months for a skydiving / rafting / cycling weekend. i'm not jumping out of a plane, btw, and she's not cycling.

any advice on a rafting guide/company for a daytrip on the Ocoee?

any advice on routes or road climbs that cannot be missed? of course i've enjoyed the sand and suck creek climbs, and the burkhalter gap climb up lookout mountain.


re: cycling and rafting in chattanooga??ClydeTri
Apr 16, 2003 12:14 PM
I always had good luck with Ocoee OUtdoors....another popular one is Natahala Outdoor Center, ..but, to be honest, most of all them are probably ought to check out a whole day trip on the Chattaooga..the river where they filmed is a wild life area with much less river traffic and much more scenic..and wilder rapids! there is a chattanooga bike club website, actually two of them, one is north chattanooga cycling or somethiong like that...have fuN!
thanks! nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 17, 2003 6:00 AM
Sounds fun, has she ever jumped before?(nm)IAM
Apr 16, 2003 1:59 PM
nope, but she's an adrenaline junkie. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 17, 2003 5:34 AM
Ride your bike, learn a little history, always a good combo.....Scot_Gore
Apr 16, 2003 3:13 PM
I've got no advice on epic climbs in the area, but I did both the Missionary Ridge and Chickaumauga Battlefields by bicycle. These were slow gentle cruises on a comfort bike, not roadbike wanderings.

On a bike is the only way to explore Missionary Ridge. The perserved portions are interspersed in a residential neighborhood that has very little visitor parking. On a bike you stop and read signs and monuments. The view of the Confederate positions and Union approach can be much more appreciated at bike pace and perspective than in a car. If you like a little history with your recreation, a great stop. You don't have to do it like me, sub 10 mph, with frequent stops to read stuff.

Chickaumauga is a great battlefield and they've re-routed the road through it since I've been there. You can more easily explore in peace a saftey now, I'm sure. I think Chickamauga is 2nd in the number of monuments only to Gettysburg.

I'd highly recomend a couple of loops through Chickamauga with a stop to climb the Lightning Brigades tower, and bike to the final Union position on the top of the Snodgrass hill. Go learn what "Rock of Chickamauga" means, it'll be fun.

Here's a link to the NPS maps for the battlefields sites in the region.


suits my interest just right, will do. thanks, Scot! nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 17, 2003 5:41 AM
Hey, weren't you going to push her out of the plane last year?Mike P
Apr 16, 2003 3:30 PM
I know where a number of nice, hilly roads are around Chatt. Raccoon and Elder Mountains are a good choice; the 3 State course goes around them. Just north of Suck Creek there are several rides that go up and over the same ridge; fairly steep to very steep. I posted some pics from one of these a while back. Just South of Burkhaulter Gap, 136 crosses lookout from Trenton to Lafayette. 136 makes a great ride and there is a steep switchbacking road further south (Moutain Cove Farms). A nice, painfull yet enjoyable, scenic 4 hour loop if I ride from the house. Let me know if you want company or more detailed info. Are you guys going to be here just for the 3 State weekend or will you be here a couple weekends? How many days are you going to be riding?

Also, I have found a way to get over to Helen in 2:15; we could ride the back loop of the 6 Gap. 8<). Or, if you want to see the Cherohala Skyway, 3 hours or so each way.

it was a b'day presentJS Haiku Shop
Apr 17, 2003 5:40 AM
and she's been waiting for fair weather to jump.

i'll be in town for the 3/3 for only that day (driving in and back same day); there are 10-12 of us from memphis for the 3/3 this year.

mrs. haiku and i will be coming back to chattanooga probably between the 3/3 and the end of june. her jump is within a few hours of town, and so is the ocoee. i'd want to get a ride 4-5 hour ride on a weekend day, and keep it local (within 30-40 minutes of town, if driving to ride is necessary).

company is welcomed if it fits into your schedule. i'm interested in some of the sites Scot mentions above, too.


I'll make it to Memphis eventuallyTrekFurthur
Apr 17, 2003 6:12 AM
in the meantime, stop in at River City Bicycles--they can certainly steer you in the right direction and you can check out the eye-candy. While you're at it, call Litespeed (about 10 minutes north of Chattanooga in Ooltewah) and see if you can take a tour (did this on my honeymoon--and talked about it all the way to Asheville, NC). As for river guides, I've done NOC and Adventures, Inc, and both were great; be careful, though, as some guides think it's cute to dump the boat.
thanks! did the Litespeed tour in November 2002. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 17, 2003 6:27 AM
Awesome, isn't it?TrekFurthur
Apr 17, 2003 10:49 AM
Did mine in July of '01 and saw the prototype Ghisallo--built up to all of 14 pounds. Our rep complained about how badly the guy who was riding it beat the rest of them up on the climbs.
litespeed employees get 2 built demo bikes free per year nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 17, 2003 11:03 AM
do I hear banjos again? nmDougSloan
Apr 17, 2003 6:46 AM
in those parts, yes. important not to fall out of the boat! nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 17, 2003 8:49 AM
rafting the Ocoeedotkaye
Apr 17, 2003 8:46 AM
rafting - I like Nantahala Outdoor Center, they've been around forever, guides are safety-conscious and well trained.

The Ocoee only runs on weekends in the next couple of months, check the release schedule
to make sure the river will have water in it..