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Waterfall at Lula Lake Land Trust
Lula Lake Land Trust © Chattanooga CVB

4½ Things to Do in Chattanooga This Weekend (Nov 23, 2018)

Each week, we share four unique, can’t-miss weekend events in Chattanooga, and one “half-event” located a short drive from the city.

Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving! Are you still stuffed from yesterday? We’re not judging.

This weekend is all about (hopefully) not shopping, eating leftover turkey sandwiches, and relishing the last of the not-too-frigid weather before winter officially sets in in a few weeks.

As November draws to a close, here are 4½ things to do in Chattanooga this weekend …

Mountain Biking Chattanooga with REI
Mountain Biking with REI

REI Intro to Mountain Biking

Hwy 41 / Chattanooga
Raccoon Mountain Pumped-Storage Facility Visitors Center
November 25, 2018 @ 11 a.m. / $79+

Whatever you’re looking to get into outdoors, REI can get you started. This weekend’s Introduction to Mountain Biking course provides a primer on how to get a proper fit and make any necessary adjustments for the most comfortable ride.

Instructors also demonstrate riding techniques, including body and pedal position, shifting, braking, climbing, descending, and navigating minor obstacles on the trail. This is a full-featured course that culminates in a trail ride. Use of rental mountain bikes is included in the fee.


Chattanooga Hungry Turkey Half Marathon & 5K

200 River St. / Chattanooga (Coolidge Park)
November 24, 2018 @ 8:45 a.m. / $20+ entry fee

Couple eating cinnamon rolls at Chattanooga Hungry Turkey Half Marathon & 5K
Chattanooga Hungry Turkey Half Marathon & 5K

The annual Chattanooga Hungry Turkey Marathon & 5K runs tomorrow, Saturday, November 24. It’s become something of a tradition in the south as more than 60,000 run the route each year.

If actually running isn’t your thing, you can opt to run virtually in the name of charity. But, that means you’ll miss out on the ridiculous free cinnamon rolls at the end — your call.


155th Anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga

3370 Lafayette Road / Fort Oglethrope, GA 30742
November 23-25, 2018 / $7 admission

Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center
Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center © NPS

155 years ago, several months of fighting culminated in and around the Chattanooga area. When the smoke clouds finally cleared, Lookout Mountain, Orchard Knob, Missionary Ridge, and Ringgold Gap were littered with the remnants of war. Tennessee’s Confederate Army was in full retreat in what would later be described as “the Death Knell of the Confederacy.”

This weekend only, the good folks at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military commemorate the 155th Anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga with a program that includes living history presentations, guided tours, and ranger-led hikes.

Southern Belle Riverboat - Christmas Carol Dinner on the Tennessee River
Southern Belle Riverboat – Christmas Carol Dinner on the Tennessee River

Southern Belle Riverboat’s Christmas Carol Dinner Cruise

201 Riverfront Parkway / Chattanooga
November 23-25, 2018 / $50 adults

We’re sad to report that fall is just about over (no, not technically … but the last of the prettiest leaves are just about gone for the season). If you’re still looking to “get outside” while keeping warm and kicking off the Christmas season, Southern Belle Riverboat is launching its annual Christmas Carol Dinner Cruises. Cheesy? Sure. But, with good food, good views, and wine, it’s a solid way for you and the S.O. to spend two-and-a-half hours this weekend.


Last Weekend for Lula Lake

5000 Lula Lake Rd / Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750
November 24-25, 2018 / $10 per car

Of our favorite things to do in Chattanooga this weekend …

Lula Lake is one of our favorite spots near the city for a hike, a nature stroll, a picnic — basically, any reason to get outdoors. It’s just plain beautiful.

But, it’s only open to the general public on the first and last weekend of each month from May to November. That means tomorrow and Sunday (November 24-25) are the last two days of 2018 that you’ll be able to visit Lula. If you’ve never been, or are looking for one last visit this year, this weekend is the time to go!

What are your favorite things to do in Chattanooga this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

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