Chattanooga Map & Compass Course

Chattanooga, TN
Navigation, Hiking
12 Explorer Chicks
1/2 Day


You’re prepared to hit the trails and put in some miles. You’ve got your boots laced up, your trail map downloaded to your phone and your daypack loaded with the Ten Essentials. But what if the phone battery dies or the map didn’t download like you’d hoped before you lost service? No worries, Explorer Chick! After you take this map and compass course, you’ll feel more confident out there in the face of unexpected surprises like these!

 Learn to Use a Map and Compass

The outdoors will be our classroom. The instructor will be a beacon of knowledge shining light on the tons of information your map has to offer, the proper use of your compass, and how to put the two together. You’ll learn about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination) as well as how to set it on a Suunto M3 Compass. After covering these fundamentals, you’ll get to practice plotting a route on your map. Feeling more confident? Heck yeah, you are! Now, hop up and follow that plotted route! Practice makes perfect so you’ll get to try a few times.

By the day’s end, you’ll be using navigation terms like leapfrogging, triangulation and boxing off. You’ll also learn how to take and shoot compass bearings. More importantly, you’ll feel better prepared to hit those trails and put that hiker booty to work!

  • Private land navigation course.
  • All Equipment Provided:
    • Suunto M3 orienteering compass.

    • Topographic map.

    • Markerboard.

    • Guide.

    • Group first aid kit.

  • Hands-on instruction learning all the tricks of the experts.

*Packages do not include Tips for your Guides. For these events, a tip of 10-20% is recommended. We strongly encourage you to recognize your Guides personally for their hard work and expertise.

*Explorer Chick reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, or other unforeseen incidents.

  • Duration: Approximately 4 hours depending on group dynamics.
  • Check-in Time: 30 minutes prior.
  • Women-Only, 21+.
  • Restrooms are available.
  • Walking/hiking approximately 1.5 miles with minimal elevation change.
  • All fitness levels welcome.
  • No fees for parking.


Chickamauga Dam Day Use Area

Meet at the Upper Picnic Area next to the restrooms.



  • Your Order Confirmation will include a link to the Explorer Chick Smart Waiver. Please take a minute to sign online.

Weather Cancellation Protocols:

  • Compass and map course will still take place in light rain. If the event is canceled due to severe weather, you will receive a full refund.

Local Lodging: 

Hales Bar Marina & Resort – they have floating cabins!

Tennessee River Gorge Cabin Island Rentals – cabins right on the river.


Marion County Park/Campground

Shellmound Campground


Hungry when you finish? There are tons of options for local dining right near where you’ll be!

Nearest Airport:

  • At least 1 liter of water.
  • Daypack.
  • This is an active event, bring snacks to keep you fueled.
  • Hiking boots or sturdy, comfortable walking shoes.
  • Dress in layers to remove or add clothing as your temperature changes.
    • Wool or synthetic layers are always recommended.
  • Bug spray, hat, lip balm, and sunglasses optional.

Still not convinced that THIS is the adventure for you?

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