Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center offers over 300 acres of scenic splendor, outdoor recreation, botanical and wildlife exhibits, and more. Just five miles from downtown Chattanooga, we are family-friendly and dog-friendly. Hike, ride your bicycle, paddle or fish on Lookout Creek, or just chill.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Ashley H
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
This place has went downhill!!! I used to volunteer here and it was so beautiful! I have no idea what happened but I went today and couldn't have been more disappointed. I brought all my kids, paid $20, only to realize once we got there that you dont even get to see the animals anymore...WHAT!! So I guess I am paying to be able to walk along a poorly maintained boardwalk and look at the severely weeded landscaping. We were all so disappointed. There is nothing for kids there. Don't waste your money!! There are so many beautiful FREE nature hikes in Chattanooga. Dont pay here just to be disappointed. So sad that this beautiful place no longer exists.
Written September 2, 2021
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Lindsay S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
My son is learning about birds at school so what better way to bring it to it life than a hike with a vulture. We took a short stroll around the pond as we watched Vlad the Vulture explore, just like having a dog on a walk with us.

Everyone we met was so welcoming, and our guides were super knowledgeable. We learned so much, and my son thought it was pretty cool to have a vulture hang out with him.

Great experience and hope to return for more interactive experiences. We also did the Raptor talk that morning, and my 7-year-old stayed engaged for a full hour. No easy feat!
Written March 5, 2022
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deanie13
Cleveland, TN203 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This place would be perfectly fine if it were free, but we had to pay $15 for parking. All we did was walk around on a very slippery boardwalk through a swampy place. Then we walked to native plant sales place. Then back to the car. The animal exhibit was closed. Apparently if you are members you get to canoe for free. We stayed about an hour. Totally not worth $15.
Written June 4, 2021
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NikPak4
Illinois50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We booked an Animal Encounter Nature Experience here in March. I filled out a form on their website, explaining what I was looking for. Corey emailed me and was very friendly and helpful with setting up our experience. I requested for my family of 4 to learn about their owls and wolf program. We had the awesome experience of a personal meeting with Nala the Great Horned Owl and her caretaker - Danielle. We learned so much about this amazing owl and Danielle answered every question we had. She was really funny and knowledgeable, which my 2 teenage boys and husband really appreciated! Then she took us for a walk to see their Red Wolves and some of the other birds they care for. It was raining really hard, but Danielle still gave us a great tour! We spent about an hour and a half with her. This experience was well worth the price and was truly the highlight of our Chattanooga trip!
Written April 7, 2024
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Ruthie N
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
My kids and I love to explore Reflection Riding, even after being there all week for summer camp. There are some very comfortable hikes as well as strenuous ones that go up towards Lookout. Lots of biodiversity to discover in the woods, wetlands, meadows. The playscapes leave lots of room for a child to create activities and games. The people that make it all happen are well educated and committed to the cause. There's also some awesome education around native plants to be absorbed.
Written June 22, 2023
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Paul T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
My 10 yr. old and I attended the Raptor Talk this morning. Taylor, the presenter, was awesome. His love for the birds and learning, and passing on that knowledge was infectious. We learned so much! Wish we could’ve hung around longer but the morning temperature was hovering near freezing. Will definitely be back for more.
Written February 4, 2023
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Richard
10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Been going there for years. Very historic area. They run a haphazard zoo/rescue if you want to call it that. Canoe portage is through a swamp. The place is in no hurry as its all Millennials out there. Visit Chickamauga Battlefield it is close by and offers a lot more for free.
Written October 4, 2020
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lesposito316
Metairie, LA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013
If you would want to take a great, non strenuous hike in Chattanooga, this is the place to go! We almost skipped it based on a very negative review we saw from this month, but I am so glad we stopped by to check it out! Yes, some exhibits like the wildlife wander land are best for some people only if they're with kids, but we thought the staff did an excellent job explaining why the animals are housed there and their plan to conserve the red wolves existence! Ps, get out of the car and walk along the Reflection Rd and explore. That's where the real fun is! There are tons of hidden treasures like crazy wild turkeys, bamboo gardens, and rock formations along the trails. It was truly one of our favorite spots in the week we stayed in Chattanooga. Also some of the best natural photo ops!
Written October 26, 2013
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Gerry
Chattanooga, TN2,524 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
The arboretum is a nice place to relax and enjoy nature while in Chattanooga. They also have an aviary with large birds of prey that is pretty cool, and a den of Red Wolves. At the right time of day you can hear them howling......very spooky. While there be sure and take a canoe trip up Lookout Creek. They rent canoes for a fair price.
Written April 22, 2014
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IdahoGirl83716
Boise, ID325 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
A local reccomended this place to me and I was pretty impressed. It would have received 5 stars, but they have a 'zoo' of sorts and my heart was broken at the sight of the Red Coyotes pacing in figure eights with the saddest, broken look in their eyes. The Riding can be driven or walked -- and has a few
very old cabins and other historical spots sprinkled around the 300 acre property. For people wanting more of a work-out, you can access several trails that will take you all the way to the top of Lookout Mountain - site of the famous Battle fro Chattanooga.
Written March 27, 2015
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