originally called lookout point, point park is part of the chickamauga-chattanooga national military park. the area around point park was involved in the battle of lookout mountain during the civil war. the park has a collection of cannons, historic markers, and spectacular views of the chattanooga area. for those interested in civil war history this is a must see spot in the chattanooga area.
Lookout Mountain Battlefield is worth visiting for the history, as well as the stunning views. Admission to the park is only $3.00 and parking is readily available. If you appreciate Victorian architecture, you might want to park at a meter on the street and stroll through the gorgeous neighborhood leading up to the park.
This is not actually a battlefield as much as a defensive point for the CSA-Confederate States of America to defend the mountain during the attack by Rosecrans of the North. It had entrenchments for about a dozen cannon to be able to fire in all directions. The defense was of not much use and later moved toward Chickamauga. This is a US Park Service operation. The site is not a lot to see now. Some history and painting/mural is also in the Parks Service building. The overview from here is fabulous. They show the trenches, but a lot has been moved from the original defenses. Close by is Cravens House for tours, but it is closed in the fall through winter. The area is 3,000 acres and expansive. Admission is $3.00.
Keep going past Ruby Falls and up the mountain. You will come to a sharp curve. Stay straight and make an immediate right. Travel about a mile and you end up at Point Park. The fee is $3 per adult. It has a nice view and many monuments about the war. We walked our dog and had a picnic.
Point Park - at the top of Lookout Mountain
Offering one of the best views of the city from Lookout Mountain, Point Park is a spot that must not be missed! It has a romantic, picturesque quality with relics from the Civil War such as cannons perched on cliffsides and a tall tower depicting scenes from the Battle of Chattanooga. Take a blanket, a picnic lunch, and a good book, or better yet, you're special someone. Makes a perfect Saturday afternoon retreat!