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TENNESSEE WILDLIFE VIEWING TRAIL » East Tennessee
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Audubon Acres

Site Directions: 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.
Lat-Long: 34.9999, -85.18044
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm; Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm.
Seasonality: year round
Fees: $6 adults, $5 Seniors (55+), $5 Students (12-18 & 18+ w/ID) $3 children 5-12 yrs old, under 5 yrs old free.

Bridge over South Chickamauga Creek

Site Description: 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 4.3 miles of hiking trails. Camp sites are available.



Wildlife to Watch:

This is an excellent location for migrating species such as thrushes, vireos, warblers, tanagers, and flycatchers. Great Horned, Barred, and Eastern Screech-Owls are seen regularly. 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.

For more information:

Chattanooga Chapter of Tennessee Ornithological Society site description

Chattanooga Audubon Society


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Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.