Tennessee Trip in April Part Two – Ozone Falls and the Tennessee Aquarium

After spending the night in Cumberland, we took a brief detour to the east to the Ozone Falls Natural Area.

Cumberland Mountain State Park is on the left and the Ozone Falls Natural Area is approximately where you see the town of Ozone on Hwy 70
Cumberland Mountain State Park is on the left and the Ozone Falls Natural Area is approximately where you see the town of Ozone on Hwy 70

After hiking around for about a half-hour, we gave up trying to find the trail that leads to the bottom of the falls but we did see some nice views from the top.

It was about a two-hour drive southeast from the Crossville area to Chattanooga and after a day of sightseeing we got in just as it was getting dark. Angie relaxed at the hotel and I walked a few blocks over to get some chicken wings at the downtown Buffalo Wild Wings. The next morning, we got up and visited the Tennessee Aquarium. The Aquarium spans two buildings (an Ocean and a River building) and the campus also houses an IMAX theater. The Aquarium is located downtown in Chattanooga on the Tennessee River. The Aquarium was a pleasant enough place but not really any more impressive than the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, which we had visited on many occasions. There was a butterfly garden in the River Journey building, which also somewhat paled in comparison to our recent trip to the Houston Museum (which was our first experience with such a facility). I was surprised and disappointed at the lack of focus on native Tennessee fauna (especially herpetofauna). There wasn’t even a single exhibit showcasing specifically the endemic fauna of Tennessee.

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