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Chattamatters: Natural Treasures At Orchard Knob Reservation

A cluster of Fremont’s Leather Flowers at Orchard Knob Reservation.
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A cluster of Fremont’s Leather Flowers at Orchard Knob Reservation.

Orchard Knob Reservation is the physical hill that stands in the heart of the historic Orchard Knob neighborhood here in Chattanooga.

As a natural area, it is unique for this city: it’s a National Park, filled with native grasses, rare flowers - even a type of cactus that grows beside its towering Civil War monuments.

The story from William Newlin of Chattamatters - the second and final part in a series on the Orchard Knob neighborhood.


Visit chattamatters.com to watch a short documentary on Orchard Knob - and view some of the neighborhood’s wildflowers.

Chattamatters is a civic storytelling project of The Enterprise Center, created in partnership with the City of Chattanooga.

Ray is the host and producer of Scenic Roots, Mondays - Thursdays at 3 PM on WUTC.