Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, Chattanooga

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center (317 acres) is a nonprofit arboretum, botanical garden, nature center and historical site located at 400 Garden Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The facility includes the 317-acre arboretum, 15 miles of trails, live animals indoor and outdoors, and a treehouse. The nature center participates in the endangered Red Wolf Species Survival Plan or SSP, breeding red wolves in captivity.

The riding was created by John and Margaret Chambliss, and incorporated in 1956 to a vision laid out in the 1940s. It is dedicated to the study and conservation of native plant life.

The riding contains over 1,000 species of flora, with over 150 tree species. It includes a driving loop (3 miles) through woodland gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds, and along the banks of Lookout Creek, as well as some 12 miles (19 km) of walking trails and paths.

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  • On holidays or weekends, there will likely be someone sitting at a table in the parking lot expecting a donation of $10 per adult - that is the only reason this is not a 5 star review. Its a nice...  more »
  • This place is a great place to enjoy the beautiful nature. We enjoyed looking at the wildlife wonderland and at the snake exhibit. We were able to hike part of the mountain and were amazed at how...  more »
  • I have been wanting to check out Reflection Riding for a couple years, never made time to go, but today I did. This is the most beautiful place around Chattanooga. I definitely did not get to explore every trail or anything, but I will say that my toddler and I had the most magnificent time and will absolutely be back as often as possible!! The trails were clean, and the one employee I talked to was very helpful. There's trails for everyone (skill set wise).
  • Discovered this place while looking for an alternative to waiting 3 hours for another attraction. So glad we went!!! One of the most gorgeous places I've ever seen! If you have the chance to go here jump on it!!!

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