"The Union Tries to Sweep the Rebs Out of Tennessee" Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park by mrclay2000

Battle Above the Clouds

Most of the Tennessee portion of this park sits on various plateaus of Lookout Mountain, which modern-day tourism has horribly scarred. While several private residences dot the hillsides and the crest, most tourists likely come for Ruby Falls and to see far off states (all of which look the same from a distance). For Civil War buffs, you'll want to see the Cravens House but especially Point Park at the top of the hill. There is a small admission to the latter, but a nice array of cannon overlooking Moccassin Bend below on the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga. Other viewpoints along the fenced prominence overlook the beautiful Cumberland Mountains, one of the most beautiful spots in the country. Be careful -- drops here are straight down at least 1,000 feet.

There are only a few monuments here and a handful of cannon, but the spot is prominent both on Lookout Mountain and to our military history.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Easy to explore, great views from every point
  • Cons:Overcome and almost overawed by local tourism industry
  • In a nutshell:Worth every penny to Civil War buffs
  • Last visit to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park: May 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2005 at 11:39 AM

    A nice look at one of my old stomping grounds.

  • Jan 7, 2005 at 9:26 AM

    I've been here several times....love this area.

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2003 at 9:26 AM

    Growing up we drove through Chattanooga every year on the way to the family compound in Florida, but dad never wanted to drive up the mountain to see the seven states from Ruby Falls or Lookout Mountain.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2003 at 6:28 PM

    Yeah. Good.

  • blaird's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2003 at 10:23 AM

    I found the battlefield quite interesting, but it required imagination


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