Hiking made easy: Weekly Chattanooga Hiking Meetup events do it all for you

Hitting the trails is one of the best ways to explore the natural landscape of the Chattanooga area, and getting out with others can make the experience even more enjoyable. A number of hiking clubs in the Chattanooga area make it easy to get out and hike by providing outings, trip leaders and hiking companions—all you have to do is show up.

For three years now, the Chattanooga Hiking Meetup has been organizing weekly outdoor adventures in the tristate area for all ages and abilities. The goal of the club is to explore the natural beauty of the region and develop a social network for people with similar outdoor interests. Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, paddling and biking, ranging from easy to strenuous.

“This is a great way to get out hiking with others,” Rhonda Bulman, Chattanooga Hiking Meetup organizer, said. “We want people to feel like they are part of the group, even if they are new to the club.”

Best of all, the club is free and open to all ages and skill levels.

Events are generally scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays, and hikes can range from 2 miles to 20 miles in order to provide a variety of hikes for different skill levels. Each outing is led by a trip leader who knows the trail and has already hiked it themselves, Bulman said.

Outdoor activities are planned throughout the year in East Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama.

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