Audubon Acres in East Brainerd offers more than 5 miles of hiking trails over 130 acres on South Chickamauga Creek along with abundant opportunities for picnicking, wildlife viewing, and photography. The visitor center houses a small gift shop and archeological museum. Also on the property are the historic Spring Frog Cabin, a "Trail of Tears" site and the birthplace of Robert Sparks Walker, and Little Owl Village, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tubing, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking are also permitted during the summer months.
This beautiful sanctuary serves as the headquarters of the Chattanooga Audubon Society. The 130 acre Elise Chapin Wildlife Sanctuary is bisected by the South Chickamauga Creek and contains a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Every day nature provides something different to see, hear, smell and experience. The forested portions of the property are predominately mixed bottomland hardwoods with mixed upland species covering the slopes and ridges. In the spring, the birds and wildflowers make their presence known and in the fall the colors are always a site to behold. There are five miles of walking and hiking trails running on both sides of the creek and picnic tables and a fire ring for group use.