Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center

Tucked away at the base of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, you will find the visually intoxicating Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Reflection Riding is a secluded gem in the Tennessee Valley, offering nature at its finest while educating visitors the importance of conservation.  -Joei Burnette



Welcome to the unique landscape that is Reflection Riding! We hope you enjoy the many seasons our gardens and forests offer with beautiful vistas and lush growth. Spring stages a dazzling display of wildflowers in every imaginable color softened by the summer's growth of wild, field flowers, ferns and flowering shrubs.  Autumn brings with it the dramatic display of foliage in a variety of hues as well as the subtle gold of asters and purple ironweed. Even the stark beauty of winter has a special place here – evergreens, spectacular rock formations and moss stand out from the prevailing landscape declaring themselves where they have been hidden during the blooming periods of spring and summer.  Each season provides unique opportunities for exploration - enjoy them all!

Definition of a Riding
...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. 

(Osvald Siren, China and the Gardens of Europe of the Eighteenth Century Thomas Whatley 1770)

Their Mission

"Reflection Riding is a 300-acre arboretum, botanical garden, and historic site dedicated to the study and conservation of native plant life that, through its unique landscape, provides opportunities for education, reflection and healing for people of all ages."-Reflection Riding


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Latitude: 35.017962 Longitude: -85.3562345 Elevation: 675 ft
the best travel advice comes from the people who live here
Joei Burnette

Recreational Opportunities

The riding contains over 1,000 species of flora, with over 150 tree species. It includes a driving loop (3 miles) through woodland gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds, and along the banks of Lookout Creek, as well as some 12 miles (19 km) of walking trails and paths.

Seasons Accessible

Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm*
Sunday (April - October), 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm*

*Please note that the last time to drive through driving loop is 4:30 pm. 
Gates close at 5:00 pm 
 The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center observes the following holidays: Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year’s Day.  The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center's regular exhibits are also closed during the annual Festival of the Jack O' Lanterns, the last weekend of October. 


CA&NC Members-FREE; Adults -$10.00; Seniors(65+)-$7.00; Kids(4-11)-$7.00; Kids(0-3)-FREE

ADA Accessibility Notes


Pet Friendly Notes

No Pets Allowed

How to Get There

400 Garden Road,
Chattanooga, TN 37419


Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center is now dog-friendly. Dogs need to be on a leash and owners should be prepared to clean up after their pets.

Lawrence G. Miller, 4/7/2017

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