Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Chickamauga-4Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Lookout Mountain provides a commanding view of the city of Chattanooga. As you might imagine, that vantage point made it a prime location for a military installation. In November, 1863, the mountain was the site of the “Battle Above the Clouds” between Grant’s Union Army and Bragg’s Confederates.

The National Park is comprised of six sites around the city of Chattanooga and the general area. All of the sites are related to the Civil War. Indeed, the battles fought here are considered to be the beginning of the end for the Army of the Confederate States.

Chickamauga-3The site we visited is a short walk from the Inclined Railway’s upper terminal. The short walk through the residential neighborhood takes only a few minutes. A visitor center near the entrance provides background information on the park and the sites it comprises. A large monument features descriptions of the events of those historic days. Though we didn’t stick around to check them out, there are battle recreations held on a regular basis.

Chickamauga-1The views from the top of Lookout Mountain are impressive. There are trails for visitors to explore and to simply enjoy the panoramic views of the city of Chattanooga. Next week on Travel Tuesday, we visit Ruby Falls, undoubtedly our favorite attraction during our visit to Chattanooga Tennessee.Chickamauga-2

John Steiner


  1. You nailed this. The views were so vast, you did a great job of finding little key spots that hold interest without overwhelming the viewer with an unfathomable panorama.

  2. Good pics! Thought it was interesting that the soldiers on top of the mountain had troubles with the cannonballs rolling out of the cannons as they tried to shoot. It’s also amazing how many different variations of this was the beginning of the end for the confederates… I’ve heard that at least three different civil war battlefields. Aww history like beauty is somewhat in the eye of the beholder.

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