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Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMP
Preserving two major U.S. Civil War battle sites, the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park serves to honor the memory of those who fought – and the lasting memory of the last days of the Confederacy.
A popular destination for Civil War buffs and fans of U.S. History in general, the Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMPyields full days of excellent historic perspective, and lots of family fun.
You'll find this premier historic site in the southeastern corner of the state near the heart of downtown Chattanooga. It's a short drive in from nearby cities like Dayton and East Ridge.
The park is essentially split into two locations – southeastern Tennessee, and northern Georgia. The two battle sites, Chickamauga and Chattanooga, are tied together. It is not necessary to visit both sites, as each have a wealth of things to do and see pertaining to U.S. Civil War history.
The Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center is open year round, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Most areas in and around these two battlefield and historic sites are free to enter, with Point Park at Lookout Mountain Battlefield being the only exception – a small fee is needed for anyone over 16.
Attractions & Activities
You'll want to carve out a full day on your visit to ensure there's enough time to see and do everything at Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMP. Guided tours, museums, hiking trails, and a wealth of historic artifacts mean you and the family are sure to have a blast.
Explore the Chickamauga Battlefield along the seven-mile long auto tour. There are also hiking and walking paths, and if you prefer to explore on horseback, you're in luck – horseback riding trails are found in abundance at Chickamauga. You won't want to miss a tour of the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, which is home to the Fuller Gun Collection – over 300 examples of military firepower.
If you'd like to get out on foot and explore are your leisure, embark on a hike along any of the excellent trails – the General Bragg Trail is five miles round trip, and yields excellent panoramic views. The Confederate Line Trail is six miles long, round trip, and yields unmatched views of sites like Culpepper's Batter Tablet, and Wood's Brigade Tablet.
Guided tours are a must for any summer visit to this park. Beginning, usually, in late May and running through mid-August, you'll find an excellent selection from which to choose. Lookout Mountain Battlefield has A Soldier's Life Tour, Cravens House Tour, and a ranger-led tour of the park in general. Each lasts around 30 to 45 minutes.