Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
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.
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.
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.
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.