Favorite thing: One of the best, and free, attractions at Lookout Mountain are the dramatic views of the town below and the states that lie beyond. As you ascend, the views get even better, especially when bad weather and haze reduce visibility.
Favorite thing: Most pairs of eyes can't see all seven surrounding states. During the Lookout Mountain battle of the civil war, a Union soldier and confederate nurse, standing atop the mountain, commented that seven states were visible from the top, earning this spot its name. The seven states are: Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Each states flag flies over the site in commemoration.
Favorite thing: The suspension bridge stretches over a hundred feet and can be found within Rock City. It is a swinging bridge and people love to make it swing, despite the fact that its pretty high above nothing other than a long fall. The swinging can be a bit disorienting, but, if you venture across the bridge, you'll be rewarded by some incredible views.
Although its hard to tell from the picture, Ruby Falls are truly a spectacular sight. The falls are completely underground and cascade 145 feet. The source of the falls is unknown, which adds to their mystery. Its a shame that visits to the falls require enduing a lengthy, crowded tour, but due to their location and the damage to the cave from allowing unguided tours, that's the way it goes.
After almost an hour in the cave, most of which is spent pressed up against the cave wall to allow exiting groups to pass, you'll enter the chamber where the falls are located. In true exploitive form, music plays and lights illuminate the waterfall. Because so many people are being shuffled around the cave, you'll be given about a minute or two in the chamber and then instructed to leave by the guide. Despite the rushed and crowded conditions, the unusual falls are worth seeing.
Its difficult to photograph the falls due to the conditions of the cave and the lighting. Flash photography didn't appear to help, either.
This Visitor Center, on the northern end of Lookout Mountain and directly across from the entrance to Point Park, houses James Walker's 13x30-foot painting, the "Battle of Lookout Mountain." A seven-minute narrative program explains the painting. The Visitor Center also has an information desk and a small gift shop. Here one can also obtain a schedule of special events and activities , including daily tours, historical talks, and living history demonstrations in Point Park, which are presented by park rangers June through August.
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park