Are you looking for a fun way to enjoy Chattanooga’s natural beauty this summer? 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 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.
Visit our new exhibit – the C.E. Blevins Nesting Birds of Reflection Riding.
For years the talented artist C.E. Blevins crafted intricate egg replicas using clay and pvc molds. “Reflection Riding created the C.E. Blevins Avian Learning Center to display an amazing collection of art and to educate the public,” says Education Director Corey Hagen. “Having these nests and eggs will allow us to teach visitors of all ages about the diversity in birds as well as about the amazing process of egg creation.”
Guests at Reflection Riding will be able to explore the Nesting Birds exhibit showcasing 30 nests like those of local bird species that nest in the wild on the Reflection Riding property. “Mr. Blevins hand-painted all the eggs and crafted them to scale as exact replicas of the natural eggs,” says Hagen. The late C.E. Blevins was permitted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to collect natural nests from the wild. These authentic nests hold the appropriate number of replica eggs to match the number of real eggs each particular species of bird lays in the wild.
With birdwatching a hobby of growing popularity in the region and Reflection Riding the perfect place for this activity, we expect the exhibit to attract birders from far and near who will enjoy the chance for a close look at these beautiful replicas.
This July, spend an hour or spend the day to stop and smell the wildflowers and to visit this unique exhibit at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center.
400 Garden Road (some GPS use 399) • Chattanooga, TN 37419 • 423-821-1160