Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga supports City of Chattanooga’s Outdoor Chattanooga division in its mission to make outdoor recreation an attractive, healthy, and distinguishing lifestyle for Chattanooga’s residents and visitor population. In turn, this maintains and enhances the value of the region’s natural and built resources, and help grow the region’s economy.

Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga, Inc. was incorporated in December 2007 and designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Mission Statement

Pie chart showing Funding Allocation: 20% Programs & Events, 20% Safety, 40% Equipment, 20% Education

Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga works to preserve, protect and promote outdoor recreation opportunities through education, activities and events.


Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga are representative and inclusive of the many and diverse stakeholders who comprise the region’s outdoor recreation system. We are a leadership organization for the region, fulfilling our goals with an operating style that is primarily facilitation-helping build the capacity of our component stakeholders (e.g. outdoor recreation enthusiasts and their clubs, landowners, businesses related to outdoor recreation, natural resource conservationists