Lookout Mountain, with a commanding view over Chattanooga, was the site of the Battle of Lookout Mountain, which occurred on November 24, 1863 during the Civil War. During the battle, Union forces under Major General Joseph Hooker defeated Confederate forces commanded by Major General Carter L. Stevenson, which were entrenched on the mountain. This action led to the Union forces breaking out of Chattanooga, ensuring Union control of Tennessee. Chattanooga became the supply and logistics base for Sherman's devastating 1864 Atlanta Campaign, known as "Sherman's March to the Sea." The Battle of Lookout Mountain is known as the "Battle Above the Clouds," because of a weather phenomenon where the fog formed in the valleys, but the top of the mountain was clear.
Lookout Mountain Battlefield contains monuments, historical markers, numerous trails, scenic overlooks, and Cravens House, which is a historic home that was used as a headquarters by both Confederate and Union forces during the battle.
Other than the battlefield, Lookout Mountain is home to other tourist attractions including the caves of Ruby Falls, the rock formations called Rock City, and the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway.
Lookout Mountain has a lot of history, mostly due to the Civil War battle that was on the mountain and surrounding areas. One monument of the battle position at the top is called Point Park. It was a defensive strategic entrenchment to fire cannon balls down on the Northerners. Also, Ruby Falls, a large cave complex is on the mountain, as well as Rock City which is a walk through huge granite rocks in a trail of about one mile. Then they also have a Civil War battlefield with toy soldiers, about 5,000 with lighted areas going over the terrain of the fighting.
Atop Lookout Mountain is a viewing stand allowing a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, and if it's a clear day, seven states. At least that's what they tell you. Also atop the "mountain" - not actually a mountain but a plateau - are gateways to lots of touristy "attractions". The only one we cared about seeing was Ruby Falls.
The area was also the site of the first Battle of Chattanooga during the War of the Rebellion (aka American Civil War).
While this is the major attraction of Chattanooga because of it's Civil War connection, the battle actually took place on the lower slopes and then the real events of the seige occurred along Missionary Ridge on the east side of town. But, from here, you can look over the entire valley and see the scale of events that were occurring.
Chattanooga has a number of interesting tourist attractions, with Lookout Mountain being the most popular. The sprawling mountain is a series of attractions, some more touristy and others more historical. For more information, feel free to visit my Lookout Mountain page.
Point Park is the location of the "Battle in the Clouds". During the Civil War, Confederate and Union Soldiers battled on top of Lookout Mountain for Control of Chattanooga.
The Park consists of a series of trails that are great for walking as well as a visitior center and outstanding views of Chattanooga from atop Lookout Mountain.
There is a small admission fee that I believe was $2.00 when I was there last.
We went up the lookout mountain which had a great view. There's an incline railway that takes you up so you get a good view as you're climbing up and down. There's also a waterfall inside the mountain called Ruby Falls and Rock City Gardens.