Lookout Mountain Travel Guide

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Lookout Mountain Things to Do

  • Lovers Leap

    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 shade and welcome relief from summer humidity.

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  • rock city

    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 carter painted "see rock city" signs on over 900 barns in the southeast and...

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  • 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.

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  • point park

    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 two battle sites on lookout mountain. for those interested in spectacular...

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  • ruby falls

    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 lambert opened the falls to the public and named the falls after his wife...

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  • incline railway

    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 near point park. half way up lookout mountain the incline railway makes a...

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  • 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 Confederate brigade on Lookout Mountain in November, 1863. Today, a...

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  • Balanced Rock

    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.

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  • 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 narrow and tight, I didn't see anyone having a problem with it.

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  • Grand Corridor

    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 tail deer inside. The deer didn't look to happy about their surroundings,...

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  • Fairyland Caverns

    The fairyland caverns would be a tacky attempt to capture the attention of children but for the fact that it is so well done. The underground cave has a series of displays of fairy tale characters and lights but the main attraction is a large model of a fairy castle complete with hundreds of figures that most recognize from well known fairy tales....

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  • Rock City

    The famous "See Rock City" signs still line the highways but are nothing like the former advertisements for this attraction. The park used to paint barns for free in exchange for the right to place huge signs on the sides, imploring travelers to, well, "See Rock City." Some sort of law was passed making it illegal for such large signs to be placed...

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  • Ruby Falls

    Ruby Falls are another highly commercial attraction centered around a unique and beautiful natural occurence. In the 1920's, an underground waterfall was discovered in Lookout Mountain Cave and has been turned into a popular tourist attraction. In order to visit the falls, you must pay the admission fee and take the cave tour. Due to damage to the...

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  • Lookout Mountain Cave

    Lookout Mountain Cave has an interesting history. The cave had a natural entrance at the bank of the Tennessee river and was used by Native Americans, outlaws and as a civil was hospital. In the early 1900's, the natural entrance of the cave was closed off during construction of a railroad. In the 1920's Leo Lambert, a cave explorer and...

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  • Ruby Falls

    The entrance to Ruby Falls Caverns is in a very scenic setting, half way up the side of Lookout Mountain, overlooking the city of Chattanooga. The cave itself is interesting but not overly impressive. However, when you reach Ruby Falls I guarantee that you will gasp in amazement. Making a sheer drop of 145 feet from the cave ceiling and plunging...

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  • Ochs Memorial Observatory

    The Ochs Memorial Observatory, high above the Tennessee River, offers spectacular views of the Chattanooga area. It was dedicated November 12, 1940, and named in honor of Alolph S. Ochs (1858-1935), onetime Chattanooga resident and later owner-publisher of the New York Times. Adolph Ochs and his brother Milton were leaders in creating the...

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  • Point Park

    Point Park is a part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, which has sections throughout the Chattanooga area in both Tennessee and Georgia. It was established in 1890 and is America's first and largest National Military Park.The Entrance Gate to Point Park was constructed in 1905 by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and is the...

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  • New York Peace Memorial

    A large momument in the center of Point Park, the New York Peace Memorial, stands 95 feet high and is 50 feet wide at the base. It is constructed of Tennessee marble and pink Massachusetts granite. On top of the shaft, a Union and a Confederate soldier shake hands under one flag, signifying peace and brotherly love.

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Lookout Mountain Transportation

  • 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. The breathtaking grade of the track, 72.7% near the top, gives the Incline...

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  • 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 the trip down! Don't ride your breaks though! Let up every so often to let...

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Lookout Mountain Local Customs

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    by goingsolo Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    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.

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Lookout Mountain Warnings and Dangers

  • 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 out that probably no other field in the world presented more formidable...

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  • 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 are no sides to the roads!

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Lookout Mountain Off The Beaten Path

  • 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 Chattanooga valley. It's an awesome spot for a picnic or for watching a...

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  • Rock City

    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 naturally formed "streets and avenues" in the place they nicknamed "Rock...

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Lookout Mountain Sports & Outdoors

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Sep 22, 2004

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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.

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Lookout Mountain Favorites

  • 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.

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  • 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 states are: Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South...

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  • Suspension bridge

    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.

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