The Ocoee River is probably the Southeast’s most popular whitewater destination, hosting over 250,000 paddlers a year. A 2012 study determined that recreation on the Ocoee contributes $43 million annually to the economy within 60 miles of the river.Read More
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The Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area is growing by 1,000% after the state announced Monday it has acquired 125 acres of land in Marion County.Read More
Thrive's data partners with UTC's IGTLab have received first and second place awards in Best Spatial Analysis at this year's Tennessee Geographic Information Council's annual conference!Read More
Cyclists in Southeast Tennessee now have a new and growing network of bike routes to explore: Bikeways of the Scenic South. This network of carefully crafted road cycling routes is available at ScenicBikeways.com, and the routes include downloadable maps, turn-by-turn cue sheets, notable points of interest, conveniences, and descriptive narratives of what to expect along the routes.
Just east of Chatsworth, Georgia, the Cohutta Mountains form what is essentially the westernmost edge of the Blue Ridge mountain range. One of the area’s more popular outdoor destinations is Fort Mountain State Park, which features a variety of recreation opportunities and cultural interest.Read More
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has acquired nearly 400 acres as an addition to the 440-acre Piney Falls State Natural Area in Rhea County.Read More
Lookout Mountain’s thousand-foot deep gorge known as Cloudland Canyon is one of northwest Georgia’s better known attractions. Perhaps you’ve gazed at the spectacular view of the canyon from one of the overlooks on the rim, then hiked down to see the two waterfalls, traversing the infamous 600-step staircase in the process. While these may be its best known features, there is much more to see and do at Cloudland Canyon State Park!Read More
One of the best spots for birding in the Chattanooga region is Jackson County, Alabama’s Stevenson City Park. About 45 miles southwest of downtown Chattanooga, the park is located on a peninsula in Crow Creek, and is part of the 3,346-acre Crow Creek Refuge. Stevenson City Park is a stop on the North Alabama Birding Trail and largely consists of a mixture of trees and grassy areas, along with easily accessible shoreline.Read More
Chattanooga State Community College has become the 61st educational institution in the nation and the first campus in Tennessee to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. Chattanooga State joins more than a hundred other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators.
ESRI, the GIS mapping software and spatial analytics platform, wrote this comprehensive article about our partnership with UTC’s Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab. So much of our work in conscientious, responsible growth relies on providing key data to decision-makers and stakeholders. Our partners at the UTC IGTLab ensure that we have reliable geo-data for all of our initiatives and projects.Read More
Encourage your state representatives to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund by September 30. Securing permanent funding and reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund is one sure way we can enhance and protect our parks and public lands for future generations of Tennesseans.Read More
There's a new trail system coming to town, connecting four states along the entire length of the Tennesee River. The regional trail system will utilize existing greenways and trail systems, and will fill gaps by investing in new trail infrastructure for multi-modal use.Read More
A creekside urban trail comprised of paved and boardwalk sections, perfect for strolling, running, and bicycling. This easy trail is constructed of asphalt and boardwalk, making the terrain mild and pleasant. It meanders along South Chickamauga Creek for about 5 miles.Read More