The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center

400 Garden Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419 Directions
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Report | 6 months ago
More of a natural environment. Not a sculptured garden.
Report | 7 months ago
Spend the whole day! Such a wonderful getaway!
Report | 9 months ago
Bring bug spray and wear long pants! It is a nature refuge and the trails are safe enough for shorts if you're careful AND know what you're watching for (poison ivy) but if you are at all unfamiliar, just wear long pants. And bug spray will keep you from getting eaten up when visiting animals.
Report | 10 months ago
The ladies inside were so nice and helpful. We enjoyed our trip there; quiet place with pretty scenery. Peaceful!
Report | 11 months ago
Bring bug spray wear tennis shoes
Report | 2 years ago
Wonderful place! Our boys (10, 8, and 4) really enjoyed the day. We can't wait to go back and canoe!
Report | 2 years ago
love love love the Nature Center
Report | 2 years ago
Since our first visit we will be returning frequently.
Report | 2 years ago
Great place, lots of information
Report | 2 years ago
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Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, a nature preserve and landscape park, began as a vision in the 1920?s by John and Margaret Chambliss. In the late 1970s, a group of forward thinkers hatched an ambitious plan to bring Chattanooga citizens closer to nature. With the help of the Junior League of Chattanooga, the group raised more than $500,000. In September 1979, The Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center was born. Since then, the center has had more than half a million visitors to explore its 317 acres containing a certified level IV arboretum, Civil War and Cherokee history, botanical gardens, and native plants, as well as raising awareness with educational programs for adults at schoolchildren. Their efforts have helped to conserve the approximately 45 native animal species inhabiting the Wildlife Wanderland, These animal species include a bald eagle, sandhill cranes, and endangered red wolves.

State-of-the-art when it was built, the environmentally engineered main building has remained largely unchanged over the past 33 years. Features such as solar-heating systems, southern-facing windows, and 99% natural R-38 insulation continue to model sustainable-building practices to park visitors and squirrels looking to passively heat their nests.

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