The tour will begin at Coolidge Park and the Peace Grove on Chattanooga’s North Shore then on to The Reflection Riding Arboretum, where we will plan to have lunch and a tour. Coolidge Park, located on the city’s North Shore, is one place where you can overlook the beautiful Tennessee River, play in an interactive water fountain, stroll across on one of the world’s largest pedestrian bridges- the Walnut Street Bridge, test your skills at rock climbing, picnic with your family in plenty of open green spaces, admire a military memorial and even ride a tiger on the 100-year old restored antique carousel. The “Peace Grove” inside the park is composed of different types of trees planted in honor of Chattanooga’s sister cities. The next stop will be the Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, which is a Class IV Arboretum. The property has 140+ species of identified trees, 15 miles of hiking trails, and a packed gravel road suitable for cars, bikes, and pedestrians. The Arboretum will also be the location for lunch. After lunch, the group will learn about native animals, such as the highly endangered Red Wolves in Reflection Riding’s Wildlife Wanderland, dive into some fascinating local history, and embellish the beautiful grounds and gardens.
ADVISEMENT: This tour will include moderate walking, and closed toed shoes are advised.