2018 // Ooltewah

Did You Know?

In 2017, Cambridge Square officials hosted a new barbecue competition, dubbed the Ooltewah BBQ Brawl. The event showcased 11 award-winning pit masters, each competing to earn a People’s Choice Award, voted on by BBQ Brawl attendees.

From shopping excursions to picnics in the park, Ooltewah offers residents and visitors a lifestyle of convenience and fun.

 

Shopping: Ooltewah residents have easy access to I-75, leading to more than 200 stores in and around the Hamilton Place Mall. Big box stores such as Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, and Home Depot are minutes away, while grocery shopping options ranging from Walmart Supercenter to Publix and Food City are located closer to home. Ooltewah’s Cambridge Square contains several locally owned places to eat and drink, including pizza and burger restaurants, a wine bar, and a craft beer retail shop and tasting room. Also included is a yoga studio and an upscale spa and salon.

Outdoors and Parks: Nearby Wolftever Creek Greenway, a paved walking and exercise trail that stretches along Wolftever Creek, connects pedestrians to parks, playgrounds, an amphitheater, dog park, and more. Enterprise South Nature Park is a short drive away and offers 2,800 wooded acres with miles of walking paths, bicycle paths, off-road biking trails, and picnic areas. Booker T. Washington State Park, situated on the shores of Chickamauga Lake, provides a six-mile mountain biking trail, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, three large picnic pavilions, and more than 30 individual picnic sites.

Festivals: On the first Sunday in October, the community gathers at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church to celebrate the Annual Blessing of Animals. Commemorating St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, the fun-filled day includes a short liturgy as well as a pet parade, petting zoo, and pet adoption provided by local adoption facilities.  Melon Fest at Ooltewah Nursery and Landscape Co. is a popular annual event featuring seed spitting contests, line dancing, and samples of multiple melon varieties.

Sports: Since the early 1980s, The Honors Course has been a fixture in the Ooltewah community. The 400-acre private golf course has hosted many state, regional, national, and international amateur championships. In addition, several clubs and courses in and around Ooltewah include The Champions Club at Hampton Creek, Brown Acres Golf Course, Concord Golf Club, and Council Fire Golf Club. The Ooltewah Swim Center offers pool parties and swimming lessons for all ages, while the Snow Hill Recreation League organizes baseball games in the fall and spring.

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