Lookout Mountain Travel Guide
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The 100 plus foot falls known as Lover's Leap are one of the most striking natural attractions you'll find in Rock City. There are platforms in front and in back of the falls to allow you to get different views. The backside of the falls also forms a natural cave, offering...
rock city is located just south of lookout mountain tennessee in lookout mountain georgia. in the early 1800's visitors to lookout mountain reached the site by mule back. the modern rock city attraction was opened by garnet carter in 1932. between 1936 and the mid 1950's...
battle of chattanooga museum
the battle of chattanooga museum is located across the street from point park. this interesting museum uses miniture solders on a topographical map to explain the battle of lookout mountain. the museum has a large gift shop that sells civil war related souvenirs.
point park and the chickamauga-chattanooga national military park is located on lookout mountain and near by missionary ridge. lookout mountain was the site of the "battle above the clouds" during the second battle of chattanooga in 1863. point park and the cravens house are...
ruby falls is a historic natural attraction located about half way up lookout mountain on scenic hwy (TN 148). in 1928 leo lambert drilled a shaft into ruby falls cave and discovered the falls. ruby falls is the highest underground water fall in the united states. in 1930...
the historic incline railway connects chattanooga with the top of lookout mountain. the railway was built in 1895 by john cross. the lookout mountain incline railway is the steepest in the world. the incline begins at st. elmo ave. in chattanooga and ends on east brow road...
Lookout Mountain Battlefield
This battlefield was the site of the infamous "Battle of the Clouds". The battle was part of the larger scale battle for Chattanooga eventually won by the Union, but not before a Confederate victory at Chickamauga and an estimated 34,000 deaths. The Union forces captured the...
Balanced Rock is a 1,000 ton rock balanced atop a smaller rock. I'm assuming they are guessing at the weight and are a bit off, but, either way, its an interesting sight, and one you'll see on your journey along the paths and through the passageways of rock city.
Fat Man's Squeeze
Fat Man's Squeeze is a narrow passageway between the rocks, which is a pretty tight fit for anyone, whether obese or not. The squeeze is part of the path leading through rock city. I didn't see any way around it, so visitors pretty much have to squeeze through. While it is...
The first portion of Rock City is known as the Grand Corridor. Here, a path leads you through a garden of sorts where you'll find hundreds of different plants and, of course, the rocks. The path leads past an area known as Deer Park, which is actually a large moat with white...
Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
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....
A small car with good power is...
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...
Lover's Leap is one of those popular urban legends involving a couple who leapt to their deaths. A young brave fell in love with an Indian maiden from a warring tribe. The two ran off, the brave was captured and thrown off the falls. The stricken young maiden followed suit. The tale is quite sad, but the straight plunging falls are quite a sight.
Updated Aug 13, 2005
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Stay Away from the Edge
Virtually the entire brow of Lookout Mountain is surrounded by high bluffs with sheer dropoffs and very few guardrails. Watch your step, and especially watch your young children.In recommending creation of the park, both House and Senate military affairs committees pointed...
Lookout Mountain can become...
Lookout Mountain can become quite foggy. When Chattanooga is cloudy, Lookout Mountain is often foggy. And often it's patchy. This makes driving the hilly curvy roads difficult, especially at night! Drive slowly! Also, cars tend to cut across lanes around curves. And there...
Sunset Rock - A Beautiful Spot
Sunset Rock is located on the Western edge of Lookout Mountain and is a remarkably beautiful spot with some interesting history associated with it (there are plaques there that give the history). It is a high overlook with sweeping views of the more natural side of the...
Although Rock City may be Lookout Mountain's best known attraction, we have listed it as "Off the beaten path," because it is actually just over the state line in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.From as early as 1823 sightseers have come to this spot, drawn by amazing tales of...
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The Bluff Trail is reached by way of metal steps to the left of the Ochs Memorial Observatory (must-see tip). It was at this spot on the morning of November 25, 1863, that volunteers from the 8th Kentucky Infantry, in competition with the 29th Pennsylvania Infantry, became the first Federal soldiers to plant the United States flag atop Lookout Point.
Many miles of trails lead away from the main one; all are well-marked. The trails to Sunset Rock and Cravens House are particularly rewarding. Views of the Lookout Valley, to the west, and the Tennessee River Valley, to the north and east, are spectacular.
Equipment: A good pair of hiking shoes.
Updated Sep 22, 2004
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Lookout Mountain vistas
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.
7 States view
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...
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