“Elegance is the peculiar excellence of a garden: greatness of a park; simplicity of a farm; and pleasantness of a riding…planted with properly chosen and grouped trees, the main route should wind along in a pleasant and varied way…the scenes through which it proceeds without stopping, as natural as possible.” —Thomas Whatley, 1770, Observations on Modern Gardening.
Follow the three mile loop drive, starting at the Visitor Center, to experience a series of landscapes consisting of bucolic pastures, deep forests, meadows, bottomlands and sweeping vistas. English ridings which inspired John Chambliss were designed to be traveled by horse drawn carriage but an automobile or good pair of hiking shoes will take you through this feast for the senses.
After the acquisition of several tracts of land Mr. Chambliss began making an ideal natural landscape even better. Besides the restoration of a worn out farm he had to deal with the problem of access to the property. During the 1940’s Mr. Chambliss, on the back of Marie Humphreys’ sorrel mare, laid out many of the trails with a yellow string. Then he discovered the possibility of roads over which not just a horse but a jeep could travel. In 1947, Chambliss met Ellis Bishop, “an artist with a bulldozer” and 153 hours later they had 24,000 feet of “jeep worthy” road. Enjoy this ‘main route which winds along in a pleasant and varied way’.