Sports + Outdoors
Collegedale Rec Association
The Collegedale Recreation Association’s (CRA) mission is to provide youth in Collegedale, Tennessee (and surrounding areas) the opportunity to participate in recreational softball games. The CRA focuses on teaching youth ages 3-19 the games of softball, while focusing on community participation, teamwork, sportsmanship, safety, and commitment. The CRA operates independently to provide a positive athletic experience for each participant and to allow each participant to play in a youth recreation league that is competitive and fair. The CRA also operates a men’s and women’s adult recreational softball league each summer.
Summit of Softball Complex
The Summit of Softball Complex located at 4900 La Collina Way, is a sports facility that incorporates 21st century innovation with the area’s rich softball tradition, civic personality, and stewardship of the environment. The complex has 8 state of the art playing fields with concession areas, restrooms, shaded viewing areas, shaded bleachers, and picnic facilities. The Summit of Softball Complex has an environmentally conscious design within a natural setting. High tech capabilities on and off the field, hospitality areas, a walking trail, and extra details cater to the needs and comfort of players, spectators, coaches, and families. For questions and more information about this facility, please contact Chattanooga Youth and Family Recreational Services division at 423-643-6055 or 423-643-6065.
Four pickleball courts are located behind Collegedale City Hall. The courts are on a first-come basis with players adhering to a courtesy time limit for those waiting. Beginner lessons are available throughout the year through the Parks and Recreation programming department.
Hulsey Wellness Center
The Hulsey Wellness Center is on the SAU campus and open to students, employees, and the community. The goals of the Center are to help individuals develop and maintain life-long habits of wellness. Some of the amenities and services offered include: exercise classes, fitness equipment, Human Performance lab, personal trainers, pools, sauna, track and adventure programming. For more information and membership rates, call 423-236-2850 or go to Hulsey Wellness Center link above.
Southern’s Bauxite Ridge and White Oak Mountain trails span more than 30 miles, stretching from the lowest point of the valley to the ridge top overlooking the university. The trail system is perfect for walkers, hikers, mountain bikers, and cross-country trail runners. With sections of varying difficulty, the trails are suitable for everything from a lazy meander to a muscle-toning endurance workout. The pine and hardwood forest through which the trails wind is also a paradise for the nature enthusiast, with wildflowers, birds, a creek habitat, and many other natural features.
Enterprise South Nature Park
Enterprise South Nature Park is situated on 2,800 wooded acres that were previously a part of the Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant property. The property’s heritage has been preserved in the concrete magazines used to store explosives during the days TNT was manufactured on the property. The Park offers miles of walking paths, bicycle paths and off-road biking trails. There are areas for picnics and a small lake that attracts deer, turkeys and other park inhabitants giving visitors an opportunity to view the animals in a natural setting. Access to the Park is from Interstate 75 via the Volkswagen Drive exit or from Bonny Oaks Drive via Volkswagen Drive.
Harrison Bay State Park
Harrison Bay State Park is a 1,200 acre park with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline, and was originally developed as a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recreation area in the 1930s. Its name is derived from a large bay at the main channel of the Tennessee River that covers the old town of Harrison, and the last Cherokee Campground. The parklands are historically significant because the Cherokee Campground consisted of three villages which were ruled by one of the last great Cherokee Chieftains. Harrison Bay became the first Tennessee State Park in 1937.
Red Clay State Park
Red Clay State Historic Park encompasses 263-acres of narrow valleys formerly used as cotton and pasture land. The park site was the last seat of Cherokee national government before the 1838 enforcement of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 by the U.S. military, which resulted in most of the Cherokee people in the area being forced to emigrate west. Eleven general councils were held between 1832 and 1837. Red Clay is where the Trail of Tears really began, for it was at the Red Clay Council Grounds that the Cherokee learned that they had lost their mountains, streams and valleys forever.
Ooltewah Youth Association was started a couple of decades ago to provide youth sports opportunities for the local population. We started offering just baseball and softball, and now have grown to include football, basketball, and cheerleading. Our baseball program is affiliated with Dizzy Dean and we also offer a Fall instructional league.