Beginning March 19, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center is going to the dogs. Beginning with the inaugural Tails on the Trails event, you and your furry family members are welcome to explore the 317 acres that make up the arboretum and nature center together.
"One of the questions I'm asked most often when telling people about all our property has to offer is whether or not we are dog-friendly. We recognize that dogs are such an important part of people's lives, and we want them to be part of their experience here on our property as well," said Laura Stephenson, development and marketing manager at Reflection Riding.
While the majority of Reflection Riding will be open to dogs, there are a few areas where they will be restricted. These areas include the Native Animal Exhibit area, the Boardwalk and the Visitor Center. However, there are plans to provide a "dog parking" area so guests who would like to explore the Visitor Center can do so.
Tails on the Trails is sponsored by Nooga Paws, which has provided multiple waste stations outside the Visitor Center, along the driving loop and throughout the hiking trails. "Nooga Paws is very excited about sponsoring Reflection Riding Arboretum and the Nature Center's Tails on the Trails event in March. These are the opportunities Nooga Paws loves to be a part of within our community," said Nooga Paws owner Bob Poore.
"Thanks to Nooga Paws, we are able to make Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center a dog-friendly property," said Stephenson. "We ask folks to keep our property beautiful and enjoyable to all by utilizing the waste stations (bags are provided) and keeping their pets on a leash during their visit."
There will be several events throughout the day, including prize drawings for paying visitors, and the Humane Educational Society and McKamey Animal Center will have pets on-site available for adoption.
"We love to partner with other organizations to help make Chattanooga more pet-friendly, especially if it means being active with our four-legged family members," said Poore. "Nothing beats the outdoors with your best furry friend!"
For more information about Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, visit its website at www.reflectionriding.org.