Nestled at the base of Lookout Mountain just minutes from downtown, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center is located in one of the most biologically diverse regions in North America and one of Chattanooga’s most beloved settings. Incorporated in 1956 by the Chambliss family, the center provides tremendous opportunities for everyone to experience and connect with nature on its 317-acre property by focusing awareness on native plants and animals and encouraging visitors to actively engage with the environment.
Visitors can fully appreciate the diversity of the region’s landscapes by exploring meadows, glades, forests, and even a bamboo patch all within a stone’s throw of one another—and those are just the natural elements of Reflection Riding. Other features include sensory gardens, historic structures, an apple orchard, and a variety of exciting learning opportunities.
Hiking, Biking, Running
Hikers, runners, and bikers of all levels will enjoy the 15 miles of trails on the property, including the ADA-accessible Blue Heron Boardwalk, which takes visitors through the heart of the center’s seasonal wetlands and along the edge of Lookout Creek. The trails are interwoven, making it easy to create short or long hikes. The 2.7-mile Profile Trail is one of the most popular day hikes at Reflection Riding, and gives visitors a thorough tour of the many landscapes in the area. Hikers can also easily connect with 40+ miles of trails in the Lookout Mountain trail system, such as Skyuka Springs or the Lower Truck Trail, and challenge-seekers can even venture a stiff climb up to the picturesque Sunset Rock.
Located on Lookout Creek, a peaceful tributary of the Tennessee River that’s mild enough to paddle easily in either direction. From the boat launch, you can head upstream past Paddler’s Perch, a designated stop on the Tennessee River Blueway, or downstream toward Cummings Bottoms and the Tennessee River. Keep an eye out for turtles, fish, and birds, but remember to cast a glance skyward for a gorgeous view of Sunset Rock. Visitors are welcome to bring their own watercraft or to rent canoes from Reflection Riding for an additional fee.
Tuesday-Friday: 9:30 a.m. -6:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free. However, donations are encouraged
Yes, on a leash
400 Garden Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37419