• Hike Shelter Dogs

    Pet Placement Center

    One of the things Trail Dames does is give back to the community. This can be providing trail magic, doing trail maintenance or in this case, hiking shelter dogs. Pet Placement Center is Chattanooga's only true no kill shelter. By taking the dogs for a hike we are helping to socialize them and make them more adoptable helping them find their forever homes. We will meet at Pet Placement Center and then caravan over to Reflection Riding at the base of Lookout Mtn. We will transport the dogs in our own vehicles. Bring an old sheet or towels to cover your back seat. We will then take the dogs on hike of about 3 miles. Then bring them back to the shelter. Please check out Pet Placement Center on the web or Facebook. If you are in a position to do so - they have a wish list of items that the shelter needs. Any donations are greatly appreciated. One continual need - paper towels. Please note, no personal dogs on this hike please - this one is for the Pound Puppies! Let's go to lunch afterwards.

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  • Hidden Rivers

    Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater

    Hidden Rivers Film Premiere Thursday, April 4, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Tennessee Aquarium Members $20 | Non-Members $25 Join us for a special evening in support of freshwater science and conservation as we premiere “Hidden Rivers.” This spectacular new film, shot across Southern Appalachia, celebrates the region’s unparalleled aquatic life. You’ll witness the vivid colors, natural dramas, and rarely witnessed animal behaviors while coming to appreciate the conservation efforts to protect pristine habitats and restore native species. Reception from 6-7 pm, followed by a screening of this inspirational underwater documentary on the giant IMAX screen. Admission includes one drink ticket and light appetizers. You must purchase your ticket at: https://community.tnaqua.org/

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  • Cumberland Trail Prentice Cooper -Indian Rock House & Snooper's Rock

    Prentice Cooper State Forest

    These are 2 short scenic hikes on the Cumberland Trail. I would call both hikes gentle. The hike to Indian Rock House is about 1 mile total. The hike to Snooper's Rock is about 0.6 miles. We will meet at the trail head for the Indian Rock House. This located within Prentice Cooper State Forest. From the junction of US 27 and US 127 northwest of Chattanooga, continue northwest for 1.6 miles on US 127. Turn left on TN 27 and ascend the plateau, along the way passing where the Poplar Spring Trail crosses the highway at 6.0 miles from US 127. At 8.1 miles, turn left on a road marked only with a “Prentice Cooper Forest and WMA” sign. The mileage to the trailhead is 3.2 miles from this turn, but watch carefully for Prentice Cooper SF/WMA signs, as there are two more turns. One is more of a bear left and happens almost immediately. The other is a left turn at 0.1 mile. Shortly after this turn, the road turns to gravel and enters the State Forest and WMA. Continue to the trailhead, which is on the right and marked by a sign that says “Cumberland Trail Parking Lot.” There is a kiosk with a map and a log for hikers to sign. Then we will carpool 2.7 miles down Tower Road to the other trail head & hike out to Snooper's Rock. Remember to bring 2 L of water, snack, hiking poles always encouraged. How about Mojo Burrito afterwards for a bite to eat?

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  • Cancelled - Cumberland Trail Prentice Cooper -Indian Rock House & Snooper's Rock

    These are 2 short scenic hikes on the Cumberland Trail. I would call both hikes gentle. The hike to Indian Rock House is about 1 mile total. The hike to Snooper's Rock is about 0.6 miles. We will meet at the trail head for the Indian Rock House. This located within Prentice Cooper State Forest. From the junction of US 27 and US 127 northwest of Chattanooga, continue northwest for 1.6 miles on US 127. Turn left on TN 27 and ascend the plateau, along the way passing where the Poplar Spring Trail crosses the highway at 6.0 miles from US 127. At 8.1 miles, turn left on a road marked only with a “Prentice Cooper Forest and WMA” sign. The mileage to the trailhead is 3.2 miles from this turn, but watch carefully for Prentice Cooper SF/WMA signs, as there are two more turns. One is more of a bear left and happens almost immediately. The other is a left turn at 0.1 mile. Shortly after this turn, the road turns to gravel and enters the State Forest and WMA. Continue to the trailhead, which is on the right and marked by a sign that says “Cumberland Trail Parking Lot.” There is a kiosk with a map and a log for hikers to sign. Then we will carpool 2.7 miles down Tower Road to the other trail head & hike out to Snooper's Rock. Remember to bring 2 L of water, snack, hiking poles always encouraged. How about Mojo Burrito afterwards for a bite to eat?

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  • Stand Up for Conservation

    The Comedy Catch at The Choo Choo

    This is an unofficial Trail Dames event. If interested you will need to go to reflectionriding.org to purchase your ticket. I hope to see you there! "Join Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center for an evening of stand-up comedy to support conservation. Headliner Kier puts on a show that reflects smart, clean stand up and spot on musical impressions that will have you rolling with laughter. A full dinner and drinks menu will also be available for purchase."

  • Free Solo - Imax Jan 11-17

    Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater

    Free Solo - one young man's free climb up El Capitan. This film is amazing. Let's meet at The Indian Sitar Cuisine at 200 Market St.@ 530 pm. I recommend buying your ticket before dinner for the film. If you are just interested in the movie - let's meet in the Imax lobby at 645 pm.

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  • Begineer Backpacking Trip - Postponed - weather is not permitting

    Cumberland Trail - Laurel Snow Falls

    • What we'll do Prerequisite: You must have attended the beginner backpacking class on Sat. 6 Oct. 2018 or February 3, 2018. Or have permission from the trip leaders. We will hike in 2 miles along Richland Creek to the Henderson Creek campsite. We will set up camp. Then you have a couple of choices - relax in camp, hike to Laurel Falls or hike to Snow Falls or swim in the blue hole. This is the BEST swim hole! Ok, maybe no swimming in December - but you never know. On Sunday we will backpack out. • What to bring Backpacking set up - tent or hammock, water purification system, sleeping bag, pad, food for Sat. lunch & dinner, Sun. breakfast, optional lunch, water, day pack for hiking excursion. • Important to know If you have questions about this trip - please post to the list. If you have the question - likely someone else does too :D

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  • Beginner Bacpacking Class

    Chattanooga Friends Meeting

    • What we'll do We will go over what one should & could have in one's backpack for a successful overnight backpack trip. We will have time for Q&A to discuss concerns particular to women on the trail. We will have pack supply lists available. This will be followed by a 1 night backpack in the future - date TBE . You will need to attend this class in order to go on the backpack or have permission from the backpack leader. • What to bring notebook, pen, camera, sense of humor :D • Important to know No experience necessary. Nor do you need to have any equipment for the class. And you do not need to commit to beginner backpacking trip. This is informational for anyone who has thought about trying backpacking. If you have backpacking experience, please feel free to join us and share your knowledge.

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  • Trail Dames Meet & Greet

    Chattanooga Friends Meeting

    Who are Trail Dames? What do they do? How do they differ from other hiking groups? Have you been wondering? Or do you have other questions? Please join us for this meet and greet to get introduced to Trail Dames & have your questions answered. For those Trail Dames that have come to a few hikes & outings, please come to the Meet & Greet & share your experience! The formal Meet & Greet will be about an hour.

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  • Hike to Boston Branch Overlook

    NORTH CHICKAMAUGA CREEK GORGE

    This is a 4-5 mile dynamic hike. We will meet at the trailhead off Montlake Rd in Soddy Daisy. There will be an elevation gain of 500'. We start at creek level and go to the top of the canyon. It is a beautiful hike, waterfalls. I have seen a bald eagle. Bring at least 2 liters of water, snacks. Hiking poles encouraged. This hike is dog friendly. Dog must be on a leash. You must scoop the poop. Hydrate your dog. Dog must be friendly. See dog policy on Trail Dames web site. Let's go out to eat afterwards.

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