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Things to Do in Lookout Mountain, Tennesse

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Lookout Mountain Things to Do

Known for its scenery and natural formations, Lookout Mountain is perfect for those who love the outdoors. If you’re looking for what to see and things to do in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, then check out these tips from past travelers.

Rock City and Waterfalls in Lookout Mountain

Rock City is to the south of Lookout Mountain, and it’s a historic spot because of the configurations of the rocks, as well as for the falls located there. One of the best things about being in the mountains is stumbling across the natural beauty within it. Lovers Leap is a famous waterfall located here, with more than 100 feet of cascading liquid into the pool below. There’s a cave nearby if you need shade, and platforms built to give you better vantage points! Or see the famous Ruby Falls, which is located about halfway up the mountain, and was discovered in the 1800s by drilling into the cave in which it was found. It’s a major attraction for its beauty and the surrounding rocks.

Battles, Railways and Beauty

At the top of Lookout Mountain, you’ll find the historic incline railway which connected the mountain to the Chattanooga. This incline is the steepest one ever made, with a stop made at the famous Ruby falls as well. Learn more about is history and see how it was constructed when you visit. Or see Point Park. which is located in Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Here you can find a small museum, observatory and plenty of monuments that honor past veterans who took place in a famous battle on Lookout Mountain (The Battle Above the Clouds.) You can also find plenty of hiking trails here to more major lookouts in the mountain, as many of them pass through this historic site.

Caves Galore in Lookout Mountain

The fairyland caverns are underground caves that comes complete with displays of classic fairies and a large castle model where different fairies ‘live’. This place is enjoyed by both children and adults. Or get a tour through Lookout Mountain Cave. This is a popular outing so book ahead. It’s also a bit of a tight squeeze, but the formations should make it worth it.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Lookout Mountain.

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