This important 130 acre natural and historical area along South Chickamauga Creek contains a 1700's Cherokee Indian log cabin and a swinging bridge. The streamside location provides a mix of open meadows, pines, and hardwood forests which can be seen from 5 miles of hiking trails.
This is an excellent location for migrating species such as thrushes, vireos, warblers, tanagers, and flycatchers. Red-shouldered Hawks nest here, and it is the only known local nesting site for the state threatened Sharp-shinned Hawk. Spring wildflowers can be abundant and diverse, including Virginia bluebell, trillium, columbine, and mayapple.
The nocturnal Great Horned, Barred, and Eastern Screech-Owls, which are usually elusive in the daytime, are seen regularly here.
From downtown Chattanooga, follow I-75 N toward Knoxville. Take exit 3A (east) onto East Brainerd Road for 0.9 miles to the second traffic light and turn right onto Gunbarrel Road. Travel 1 mile and turn right on Sanctuary Rd and follow signs for 0.5 miles to the entrance.