At the core of every outdoor enthusiast's chosen form of recreation is the desire to connect deeply to our natural environment.
Photo by Jeffrey Hunter
To do that, we have to stop, breathe, watch and listen. The outdoors' most precious gifts can come from the glimpse of a bounding doe or the soft rush of wind in the pine trees.
Below are some of Chattanooga's quiet refuges and wildlife havens, places in which to slow down and connect.