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Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, Chattanooga

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TripAdvisor
  • Great place to walk or drive and see native plants, birds, turkeys, and wildlife. Canoeing available. Sponsor of tremendous native plant sale twice a year. Truly a "breath of fresh air" can be enjoyed...  more »
  • This was a great place to walk and get some exercise however for a dog friendly place everything you want to see is off limits with a dog. my biggest problem though was with a staff member (older lady...  more »
  • Beautiful place, you can walk or drive the loop around the property. I went for the history tour which was fantastic. The professor was so engaging and I learned a lot about the indigenous people of t...  more »
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  • Unfortunately, I will be the odd man out here. I went with a large group to do the reflection riding 2 nights ago. I wanted to wait to write a review so that it would not be written based solely on my emotional state upon returning home. There was no information regarding the distance we would travel nor the pace in which we would have to keep to travel said distance. Based on the description, I assumed (yes I know, my mistake) that it would be a leisurely paddle looking for wildlife and (according to our "guide") getting a basic history of the area. We were a large group and I brought my inflatable kayak. I invited another novice paddler to join me in my double kayak with the intention of getting all the help I could :) I figured between the 2 of us it would make the trip a bit easier for us since neither of us were strong paddlers. So, only a few minutes into the trip the guide took off and the rest of the group, which were mixed with canoes and kayaks, were keeping up with the guide but we could not. My kayak is just not made for speed. They did stop a few times to allow stragglers to catch up but this meant that by the time we caught up, they had rested , and we had to just keep going. On the return trip, the guide just took off and the entire group left us. We reached a fork and just prayed we were taking the correct one. My headlamp barely lit up 3 feet ahead of us and there was a lot of debris and low hanging trees and bushes that we could not see until we were right under them. They finally came back for us but, by the time they did, we could have take a couple different wrong turns , what a mess. We just felt thankful the Lord was leading us. In my experience with hiking, which I do fairly often, and scuba diving, which I am a dive master, a guide leads the group as fast as the slowest participant. I take responsibility of course because I should have asked more questions, but I also know with my diving history, if i see someone struggling, I would never leave them behind, not only for safety reasons but also just because as a guide, it is my responsibility to lead everyone, not just the most adept. I also would have noticed a novice participant with inadequate equipment and offered different equipment or discouraged their participation. Non of this happened at reflection riding. The guide was very apologetic and I do hope he learns from this, we asked for refunds and I will be hesitant in the future to ever return .
  • Beautiful place to come to get away from the city! Your only a few mins out but it feels like your miles away! Sit by the creek, on the hill or by the pond then take a nice drive on the loop road. Take a canoe out on the creek or visit the native wildlife.
  • My favorite hiking place. Just the best. Great trails, great maps, great time. Only complaint was that I called and left message to volunteer. No call back. :-(
  • Good classes. Nice peaceful place for walking.
  • Red wolves and good hiking trails. Really nice for small children. It was also nice to meet a 6 month old opossum.