John Chambliss and Ellis Bishop, the bulldozer operator, were artists at building roads. The curving roads in Reflection Riding fit harmoniously with the undulating landscapes. They organize the space within the landscape compositions and create a sense of slowness and leisure as you experience the sequence of views. Olmsted Outlook is one of their greatest masterpieces. From this vista one can see a perfect serpentine road leading to Lookout Creek and the gap in the distant Cumberland Mountain range on the west side of the Tennessee River.
“Olmsted Outlook is a tribute to Ronald W. Olmsted of Chattanooga. He was my first serious adviser and gave me Eliot’s book and also “Landscape Design” a widely known authority. It was Olmsted Outlook that he told me never to let trees obscure the creek or the gap in the distant mountains. He reminded me that the center and far range (Cumberland) is on the west side of the Tennessee River, across the canyon.”
Excerpt from Names at Reflection Riding Have Botanical Significance by John A. Chambliss