5. LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN

Lookout Mountain was the scene of the “Last Battle of the Cherokees” during the Nickajack Expedition, which took place in the 18th century, as well as the November 24, 1863 Battle of Lookout Mountain during the American Civil War.

A branch of Cherokee Native Americans lived in Chattanooga, the Chickamauga people. The Chickamauga called the mountain Chat-a-nu-ga; hence the name of the city. Research suggests the mountain was inhabited, although no physical evidence has been found. On top of the mountain, the pattern of boulders suggest lanes or walls were once there.

Here is what we suggest!

►Start your day at Ruby Falls! Opening at 8am daily, you can enjoy a guided cave tour to see the world’s tallest underground waterfall. Experience the views of Chattanooga from the Lookout Mountain Tower™. Let the kids run off some energy on the Fun Forest Playground while you grab a snack from the Cavern Cafe or Fun Forest Foods.
Allow approximately 1 1/2 hours.

►Next up, take a leisurely stroll through Rock City Gardens. Each season there’s a new reason to visit with changing flora, fauna, and the world-famous “See Seven States” view! Starbucks, Big Rock Grill, Cliff Terrace, and the new Cafe 7 offer a variety of dining choices along the Enchanted Trail.
Allow approximately 1 1/2 hours. 

►Finish your day at the Incline Railway – the world’s steepest passenger railway. Experience the thrill of riding “America’s Most Amazing Mile” as the Incline climbs historic Lookout Mountain. Enjoy the mile high view from the Lookout Mountain station observation deck.
Allow approximately 1 hour.