Are you looking for a fun way to enjoy Chattanooga’s natural beauty this April? Nestled at the foot of Lookout Mountain you will find Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, one of Chattanooga’s most historic and scenic natural wonders. Take a leisurely drive or walk to view fields of spring wildflowers. The Reflection Riding Driving Loop is designed to view magnificent areas of the landscape park without even leaving your car.
The more adventurous can walk, hike, or bike through these areas of the Riding. Be prepared to encounter native wildlife, including deer, turkey, beaver, and many species of birds that thrive on this unique landscape. Canoes are available to rent for exploring the Riding from paddling on Lookout Creek.
Reflection Riding is dedicated to the study and conservation of native plant life. Designed in the picturesque style the park is meant to enhance the natural beauty of the landscape. It features twelve miles of walking trails as well as a three mile loop drive intended to capture a sequence of views throughout the property. Over three hundred acres stretch for a mile along Lookout Creek, then rise slowly through pastures and meadows up the forested western slopes of Lookout Mountain.
Just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga and the Riverfront, Reflection Riding is conveniently located at the foot of Lookout Mountain within minutes of Chattanooga’s main attractions. Here you can travel in the footsteps of early Tennessee Valley Native Americans, pioneer settlers and Civil War soldiers. Step inside the restored log homes of Cherokee Chief Walkingstick or Squincy Bird, and walk a section of the ancient Cisca Trail. Also, visit the Wildlife Wanderland where 25 injured and rehabilitated wild animals are on display.
This April, spend an hour or spend the day to stop and smell the wildflowers at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center.
400 Garden Road (some GPS use 399) • Chattanooga, TN 37419 • 423-821-1160
All of Reflection Riding is beautiful this month but you may especially want to visit the Wildflower Cove, Oliver Freeman’s Hollow, Philp Memorial Rhodondendron Garden, Holsomback Azalea Garden and Susan’s Path to see these April blooms:
Oliver Freeman’s Hollow
Harbinger of Spring
Philp Memorial Rhododendron Garden
White Dwarf Crested Iris
Holsomback Azalea Garden
Wild Sweet William
Glenn Dale Hybrids Collection