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CHICKAMAUGA AND CHATANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK -FORT OGLETHORPE, GA AND CHATTANOOGA, TN


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Overview

Our nation's first National Military Park, established in 1890, honors the Civil War soldiers that fought for control of Chattanooga at the Battle of Chickamauga in Sept. 1863 and the Battles For Chattanooga in Nov. 1863. The park consists of over 8,200 acres spread over the Georgia/Tennessee border. Visitor centers are located at Chickamauga battlefield and at Point Park on Lookout Mountain. Chickamauga was considered the last major Confederate victory in the Western Theater, but it was a hollow victory as the Federals ultimately gained control of Chattanooga two months later. The Cravens House, a strategic location in the Battle of Lookout Mountain is open on a limited, seasonal basis.  

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FACILITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Visitor Centers, Exhibits: Chickamauga Visitor Center: Exhibits on the Battle of Chickamauga, the Fuller Gun Collection, a Civil War timeline, and a multi-media program depicting the battle of Chickamauga

Point Park Visitor Center, Ochs Museum: Signaling exhibit and James Walker's Painting ' The Battle of Lookout Mountain" are located in the Visitor Center. An audio program describing the painting is available at the Visitor Center. Ochs Museum in Point Park houses a soldier's exhibit as well as an exhibit of the dedication of the National Military Park

Trails: Several trails are available for walking/hiking at Chickamauga Battlefield and Lookout Mountain

Auto tour tapes of the Chickamauga battlefield are available for rent or for purchase at the Chickamauga visitor center.

Programs/Activities: During the summer season, daily walking and car caravan tours are offered along with living history rifle and signaling demonstrations. The Cravens House is open seasonally

Lodging and camping facilities: Not available in the National Military Park, with the exception of ten primitive campsites reserved exclusively for Boy/Girl Scout activities. A variety of hotels, motels, and RV camping sites are available nearby in the greater Chattanooga area.

Food/Supplies: Restaurants and grocery stores are available throughout the greater Chattanooga area

Other Concessions, NPS-Managed Visitor Facilities, and opportunities: Eastern National manages Bookstores at Chickamauga Battlefield and Point Park Visitor Centers.

Accessibility: Wheelchairs are available for use at Chickamauga and Pont Park Visitor Centers. On-site videotapes are available to view non-accessible areas of the park. TDD (Telephone Device for the Deaf) is available for calls at the Chickamauga Visitor Center. Parking spaces for the disabled are located at both visitor center parking lots.

ACTIVITIES
Touring the various areas of the National Military Park
Hiking

 

Nearby Attractions

The Tennessee Aquarium
Creative Discovery Museum
Hunter Museum of Art
Rugby Falls
Lookout Mountain Incline
The Battles for Chattanooga Museum
Rock City

Park Hours, Fees, and Information

Visitor Centers: Daily, summer: 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Daily, winter: 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.;
Closed December 25

Cravens House: Daily, summer: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Weekends, spring and autumn: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For current schedules call (423) 821-7786, Point Park Visitors Center

Fees

Craverns House: $2.00 for Ages 18 to 61
17 and under Free
Golden Eagle, Age, and Access passes are accepted
Donations Accepted with boxes available at both Visitor Centers, and the Craverns House

Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center for a 26-minute multi-media presentation
Ages 62 and over $1.50
Ages 17 to 61 $3.00
Ages 6 to 16 $1.50
Under 6 Free

Point Park at Lookout Mountain user fee $2.00 per day
Annual Pass $20.00

Golden Age Passport and Golden Access Passport admit users free into Cravens House and allows a 50% discount on entrance fee into the Park

Reservations/Permits

Reservations are required for a group-guided tour of the battlefield areas. Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance of the visit. Permits are required for various events including wedding ceremonies, religious services, and commercial filming. To request a permit, call the Superintendent's office at (706) 866-9241, or write to park headquarters.


INFORMATION
Headquarters: Chickamauga and Chattanooga NMP
P.O. Box 2128
3370 LaFayette Road
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
(706) 866-9241

 


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