Haunted thrills continue this weekend at Chattanooga’s oldest wildlife sanctuary.
This weekend is the final weekend for the attraction, which is open Friday and Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Chattanooga Audubon Society.
Located just minutes from the congestion of Hamilton Place, Audubon Acres provides an oasis in a desert of noise. The 150-acre site offers trails, a sanctuary and educational programs year-round.
And many people are still unaware that Audubon Acres exists, according to the society’s event coordinator, Stephanie Polen.
What: Acres of Darkness at Audubon Acres
When: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26, 8-11 p.m.
Where: 900 N. Sanctuary Road
How much: $20 for nonmembers, $10 for members
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"We have people who come to the haunted trail and had no idea we were here," she said. "The East Brainerd area has this wonderful option for families and individuals who want to enjoy nature. But it’s absolutely underutilized."
With promotion in mind, Acres of Darkness will raise money for the society, but more importantly raise awareness. Polen said everyone participating in the fundraiser are volunteers, including the actors on the haunted trails.
"The extreme trail is pretty scary," she said. "There’s two parts of the trail: a family-friendly place for the kids; and, if you dare, you can keep going to the other trail ... I actually went through it. It’s creepy."
One tableau features a Civil War theme with a Confederate soldier ghost, she said.
Acres of Darkness is $20 for nonmembers and $10 for members of the Audubon Society. However, discount coupons can be found in Mint Magazine, Trust Federal Credit Union and the Hamilton Place location of Halloween Express. Discounted tickets are also available at the Audubon Acres visitors center.
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