Once a bloody battlefield, now a scenic, historic site

Once a bloody battlefield, Lookout Mountain is now scenic, historic site

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A painting of the battle in the park museum. A painting of the battle in the park museum.
The park offers great views of downtown Chattanooga. The park offers great views of downtown Chattanooga.
Some of the cannons at the park. Some of the cannons at the park.
There are also about 30 miles of walking trails. There are also about 30 miles of walking trails.

By BO WILLIAMS
6 News Anchor/Reporter

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN (WATE) - If you're looking for a quick family getaway and don't want to break the bank in the process, think about heading down I-75 to Lookout Mountain National Battlefield outside of Chattanooga.

Established in 1910, the park was founded by veterans from both sides of the Civil War who fought in the bloody conflict 150 years ago.

"They determined that the battlefield they had fought on should be preserved for future generations like us to be able to come and study the fields," said Park Ranger Anton Heinlein. "This is the very first national military park, and it sets the stage for the future preservation of battlefields like Gettysburg, Antietam, Shiloh, and Vicksburg."   

Along with a number of cannon placements and monuments pinpointing specific events of the battle, the park also offers something for the non-historian.

"We have about 30 miles of trails on the side of Lookout Mountain for people to enjoy, so it's definitely a great place to get out." Heinlein adds. "There's also a great view of the city and the valleys and it helps give people an understanding of the importance of Chattanooga with the different mountain ranges, the river and the approaches into the city."

The cost to get into the Park is $3 for visitors 16 years and up.

Visitors can also opt to leave their car at the bottom of the mountain and ride the Incline Railway to the top. The railway station is just a five-minute walk from the park's entrance. It's worth noting the cost to ride the railway ranges from $7 to $15 roundtrip depending on age. 

For more information on the Battlefield and events planned for that area this summer, just visit the park's official website.

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