Ride the Incline Railway! You...
Ride the Incline Railway! You go 1 mile up a mountain, backwards! The scenery is breathtaking, and the park and hiking trails at the top are fabulous! While on Lookout Mountain (I think that was the name of it!), we found a place where people hanglide. They were very friendly, chatting to us while they put their hangliders together, and then we got to watch them use the updrafts to go higher, instead of just floating down like we expected. Having never seen anything like this and just happening upon it, it was an unexpected, pleasant surprise!
Wonder Cave, just outside of Pelham, Tennessee in Grundy County - was discovered in 1897 by three Vanderbilt students. It's one of my favorite attractions around this area. You can still see abandoned moonshine stills inside the cave. It's located off of I-24 before Monteagle Mountain, the Pelham exit (about an hour west of Chattanooga towards Nashville).
Civil war fanatics
one thing that you could do while you are in Chattanooga (My home town!!!)
is go check out all of the neat Civil war history.
the Battlefield park is a huge national park that is just south of Chattanooga, it is in the northern part of Georgia in a small, yet nice size, city named Ft. Oglethorpe. the Battlefield park has a tourist information center.
Going south out of "Ft. O" (as us locals call it) you will be able to see signs for it. check it out, I went there once a long time ago, it was pretty neat. also, you can get a free map in the form of a brochure. the map contains highlights of the battlefield park and certain roads to get you there.
but be careful, the roads are often narrow, and it is so easy to get turned around and lost in the park.
The park is cool to visit during the Halloween season. I don't believe that the park does anything special fo Halloween, but it's creepy enough to hear the ghost stories, and to just know that you are in an area that saw a lot of death.
also, there are PLENTY of places to go to in Chattanooga for your Halloween thrills. Ruby falls, Sir goonies haunted house, etc.
The Brotherton Cabin
The brotherton Cabin is a small farmer's cabin on the Self guided tour of the National Battlefield Park.
A cattle farmer named, Tom Brotherton and his wife, along with their two sons and daughter lived in this tiny little cabin back in the 1800s.
When the civil war reached their land the farmer and his family along with a few neighbors took shelter in a Ravine about a mile away from the cabin. the daughter somehow survived the cold and hunger, she made her way back to the cabin and miraculously found several of her father's cattle still alive. she milked the cows to give to her neighbors, but eventually took pity on the sick and wounded, and the cabin became a make-shift camp for the wounded soldiers.
When I was younger (late 80s early 90s) you were actually able to walk into the cabin. but now, most likely due to vandalism, they have the doors barred. you can look in, but you can't go in.
another cabin similar to the Brotherton Cabin is a little ways down the road. I remember when I was a child I read a plaque that said that it was a farmer's cabin that was turned into a base camp for a general of the civil war (don't know which side of the war, not like it matters) but I remember that you could look inside and there was an ol table, and bed and such as if it would have been in the days of the general that occupied the cabin.
many stories arose about being able to hear cries coming out of the cabin at night while you passed it on the street. now, I never witnessed this, but it is odd that at the height of the rumors they shut the cabin down completely, it is locked, and boarded up, also there is no longer a plaque telling you about the cabin. locals don't really go near it, but everyonce in a while you'll see a family of tourist walking up to it to lay their hands on the old log cabin.
Here are some pictures that I took of the Brotherton Cabin. (I admit, I was a little creeped out while taking the pics, so I hope you guys enjoy them)
The Tennessee Aquarium
The Tennessee Aquarium
This is a GREAT aquarium. One of the world's best. Really. Getting it was a huge coup for Chattanooga, for all sorts of reasons. 1 - It anchors downtown as a big tourist draw. 2 - It serves as an educational centrepiece for the city. 3 - It's one of the world's best aquariums, so Chattanooga gets to be on a list other than 'World's most polluted cities' where it was right behind Kiev. (Birmingham, Alabama was much worse though.)