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Audubon Acres

Wildlife Viewing Area
Chattanooga Audubon Society

ADA Accessibility Notes

The visitor center and Walker Hall are ADA accessible, the trails are not.

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.

Best Months and Seasons for Viewing

Spring is the best season for looking at wildflowers and watching Neotropical migrants. Summer is a great time to see breeding songbirds.

Best Time for Viewing

Early mornings provide the best opportunities for bird watching.

How to Get There

From downtown Chattanooga: Take I-24 east to I-75 north to East Brainerd Rd. Go east to Gunbarrel Rd. and turn right. Follow Gunbarrel Rd. until it turns into North Sanctuary Rd. Continue on N. Sanctuary Rd. to the visitor center at Audubon Acres at the end of the road.

From Cleveland: Take I-75 south to East Brainerd Rd. and follow the directions above.

From Hixon: Take Hwy 153east to I-75south and follow signs to East Brainerd Rd. and follow directions above.

Physical Address
900 North Sanctuary Rd.
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Google Map Link

Pet Friendly Notes

As a wildlife sanctuary, pets are not allowed at Audubon Acres.

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