Urban Wildlive Viewing
Audubon Acres offers excellent birding at the edge of South Chickamauga Creek. view along several miles of well-maintained trails through upland and bottomland florests. Observe turkey, beaver, turtle, rabbits, squirrel, migratory birds, raccoon, muskrat, gray fox, and woodchuck.
Directions: Take I-75 East Brainerd Road exit 3A. Go east, then right onto Gunbarrel Road. Turn right on Sanctuary Road.
The Brainerd Levee offers refuge and viewing of the great blue, little blue and green-backed herons, and great egrets May-September. Watch for common snipe and waterfowl in the winter. Blue-winged teal are frequent in migration in April and September-November. The wet fields and edges support nesting willow flycatchers and grasshopper sparrows. Beaver and muskrat inhabit the adjacent oxbows. The snail darter, a federally listed fish, was rediscovered in South Chickamauga Creek in 1980 after it was thought to be extinct.
Directions: Take I-24 to Exit 184 Moore Road. Go North on Moore Rd 2.5 miles. Moore ends at intersection with Shallowford Rd. Levee parking is on the right.
Chattanooga Nature Center has a barrier-free boardwalk though remnant wetland forest on Lookout Creek that offers views of such reptiles as Banded Watersnakes and Pond Sliders. Listen for Barred Owls and Pileated Woodpeckers. Beaver and muskrat are present year-round. Great Blue, Little Blue and Green-backed Herons, and Great Egrets are most abundant in Summer and Fall. White-tailed deer, raccoons, red wolves, coyotes, fox, and flying squirrels may be spotted. Call 423-821-1160 for more information.
Directions: Take I-24 to exit 184 Moore Road. Go North on Moore Rd. 2.5 miles. Moore ends at intersection with Shallowford
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