Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

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Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

Georgia

(706) 866-9241

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Things To Do

Overview

Named for The Campaign for Chattanooga in 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga, known as the "Gateway to the Deep South." The Confederates were victorious at nearby Chickamauga in September. However, renewed fighting in Chattanooga that November provided Union troops victory and control of the city. Between 1890 and 1899 the Congress of the United States authorized the establishment of the first four national military parks: Chickamauga and Chattanooga, Shiloh, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg. The first and largest of these, and the one upon which the establishment and development of most other national military and historical parks was based, was Chickamauga and Chattanooga. It owes its existence largely to the efforts of General H.V. Boynton and Ferdinand Van Derveer, both veterans of the Army of the Cumberland who saw the need for a national park to preserve and commemorate these battlefields during a visit to the area in 1888.

Map of Chickamauga & Chattanooga

Latitude, Longitude: 34.872313, -85.291561

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Chickamauga Battlefield features a 7 mile self-guiding auto tour.

  • Hiking

    There are a variety of hiking opportunities available within the park. Hikes range in distance from the General Bragg Trail, 5 miles to the Cannon Trail, a 14 mile trip. Hikes are designed to take visitors past historic points of interest and certain trails may be shared with horseback riders.

    Additional hiking opportunities are available at Lookout Mountain Battlefield in addition to monuments, historical tablets and the historic Cravens House.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is allowed at the Chickamauga Battlefield on designated trails. It is advisable to stop by the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center for information and a trail map before riding. Remember to carry water because the only source for drinkable water on the battlefield is at the visitor center. Horse trailers may only be parked in the gravel lot at the west end of Dyer Road.

  • Picnicking

    Centralized picnic areas are located on Sanders Road and at Point Park, both located within the Lookout Mountain area of the park. Additional picnic areas are available at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center.

Seasonality/Weather

Summers are generally hot and humid with daytime temperatures in the upper 80's to low 90's and nighttime lows in the upper 60's to low 70's. Winters are generally mild with daytime temperatures in the 40's and 50's and nighttime lows in the 30's. Spring and Fall seasons are pleasant with moderate day and nighttime temperatures.

All units of the National Military Park are open between sunrise and sunset. The Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center and Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center are open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Both Visitor Centers are closed on Christmas Day. The historic Cravens House on Lookout Mountain is open for tours during the summer.

Directions

Driving

CHICKAMAUGA BATTLEFIELD

From Interstate 75: At Exit 350 take Battlefield Parkway (Georgia 2) west to Fort Oglethorpe. Turn left at the intersection of Battlefield Parkway and Lafayette Road. Go one mile on Lafayette Road to the park entrance and visitor center.

From Interstate 24: At Exit 180 take U.S. Highway 27 south (Rossville Boulevard) to Fort Oglethorpe. At the intersection of Battlefield Parkway, continue straight through the intersection onto Lafayette Road to the park entrance one mile ahead.

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN BATTLEFIELD

From Interstate 24: From Exit 178, turn left onto Broad Street. Broad Street will become U.S. Highway 41 (Cummings Highway). Turn left onto TN Highway 148. Continue on TN Highway 148 to the top of Lookout Mountain. At the top, turn right onto East Brow Road. The Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center is located at the end of East Brow Road, across the street from the Point Park Entrance Gate.

Flying

The closest airport providing commercial flights is the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. Larger nearby airports include Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport and Nashville International Airport. Rental car agencies are available at all airports.

Public Transportation

Public transportation to the Chickamauga Battlefield and Lookout Mountain is not available. In Chattanooga, city buses run to the Incline Railway at the base of Lookout Mountain, allowing access to Point Park at the top of the mountain.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(706) 866-9241

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