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Most people who visit Lookout Mountain will take the winding road which leads up from downtown Chattanooga. But a more exciting way is to ride the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway. Many who drive up the mountain take the incline down and back up again just for the thrill. The breathtaking grade of the track, 72.7% near the top, gives the Incline the unique distinction of being the world's steepest passenger railway.
The railway travels for approximately one mile to/from the foot of Lookout Mountain at the St. Elmo Station, 3917 St. Elmo Avenue. It is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas days, offering 3 to 4 trips per hour. Winter schedule, December through March, may vary. Cost for adults is $10.00 for a round trip.
If you are afraid of heights, like me, a ride on the Incline will test your nerves, even though you are assured that there has never been a recorded accident.
The Incline Railway is more than 100 years old and is a National Historic Site.
Updated Jun 29, 2005
A small car with good power is the best way to get up Lookout Mountain. It's quite a strain on your vehicle otherwise. However, there are frequent pull off spots if you tend to be too slow. And hopefully, the slow guy in front of you will use them!
Good breaks are a must for the trip down! Don't ride your breaks though! Let up every so often to let them cool a second.
Written Oct 5, 2002