Skip to Main Content

Find COVID-19 Information and Resources
TWRA Updates and Closures due to COVID-19

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.

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.

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

For more information:

Chattanooga Audubon Society

Audubon Acres Sign
Audubon Acres Sign
Audubon Acres Bridge over South Chickamauga Creek
Audubon Acres Bridge over South Chickamauga Creek