The Floatila. 
Chattanooga's Community Paddling Event



Simple concept.
Paddle your standup board, canoe, kayak or raft. 
Meet up at the end for good food and music.

SEPT. 18th - Sunday

The Paddle - 1pm
The Festival - 4pm to 8pm


The Floatila is a community paddling event down the Tennessee River starting at Coolidge Park, heading up Lookout Creek, and disembarking at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center for a family friendly festival featuring live music from Slim Pickins Bluegrass and Shabti - food vendors, and libations. All proceeds go to support Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. The festival will also have kid's games and all of the Nature Center's activities.

Better yet - it won't cost an arm and a leg!

ADULTS .. $20 advance / $30 day of event
18 & UNDER .. $10

Have we wet your appetite for fun and adventure?


The post-paddle festival.
Great food, activities and music.

  • Carriage Rides

  • Bon Fires

  • Craft Beer

  • Great Food

  • Nature Center

  • Kid games

  • Learn about other conservation agencies in tow

Slim Pickins Bluegrass

Hailing from Chattanooga Tennessee, Slim Pickins is a 5-piece bluegrass band that has been opening eyes and ears across the southeast. Their fast paced, lively shows are reminiscent of the diverse musical influences that the band shares. They combine the talent, instrumentation, and song selection of a New Grass Revival, Doc Watson, or David Grisman with an energy level not seen since the Ramones. It is this combination that pushed the band into recent nominations and subsequent awards from FYI for Best Bluegrass Band and Best Live Band. The band features John Boulware, 2006 Tennessee State Fiddle Champion, leading a group of up and coming hot shots. Slim Pickins music is upbeat, unapologetic, and most importantly 


There's something manic about the music of Chattanooga psyche fusion band, Shabti. Musical guidelines are irrelevant; Shabti is only interested in creating a brazenly diffuse group of sounds that works its way into your brain and clings desperately to your subconscious.


It's only natural that we're benefiting Reflection Riding.


Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, located at the foot of historic Lookout Mountain, has breathtaking scenery, botanical gardens, and miles of trails for walking, biking and driving. Located within six miles of downtown Chattanooga, our level IV Arboretum includes 317 acres with 150 classified and marked tree species. Canoe on historic Lookout Creek, study Civil War and Cherokee history and experience the shifting, haunting, ever-lovely moods of nature with a drive thru Reflection Riding.


Sign me up!!!


Besides the paddle down the river, we've organized a festival event at Reflection Riding. Pull your water vessels out of the water and enjoy great food and music that we have set out for you.


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