On the Road with Tom and Gloria travel blog

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway


Point Park - part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

New York Peace Memorial




The Cavern Castle

Ruby Falls


Restored Chattanooga Choo Choo train depot




Train cars are now hotel rooms


I decided to go to the top of Lookout Mountain via the Incline Railway. Quite the ride! The train goes up a 72.7% grade and the view of the city from the top of the mountain is amazing.

A short three block walk from the Upper Incline Railway station is Point Park - a section of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. The park overlooks Chattanooga and the Tennessee River and is home to the New York Peace Memorial. This is believed to be the only memorial where both Confederate and Union soldiers are recognized. On top of the monument is a Union soldier shaking hands with a Confederate soldier under one flag.

By the time I walked around Point Park and then back to the railway station the temp was nearing 90 degrees. I took the Incline train down and headed for Ruby Falls. The tour guide put us in an elevator that went down 260 feet and then walked us along a so-so scenic path until we finally came upon Ruby Falls. We were now 1120 feet underground and looking at the 145 foot beautiful waterfall - the tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public. This cave was known to Indians, outlaws used it as a hideout. Leo Lambert named the falls in honor of his wife Ruby. The limestone that was reclaimed from the elevator excavation was used to build the Cavern Castle which was modeled after a 15th century Irish Castle. Ruby Falls is still privately owned.

On the way back to the hotel I stopped at the historic and restored 1909 Chattanooga Choo Choo depot. There is a hotel building but you may also rent a room in a Victorian parlor car on the train. Sounds like lots of fun!

So much to do in Chattanooga! Who Knew???? Tomorrow I hope to take a scenic boat ride into "Tennessee's Grand Canyon" before going on to Cleveland ,TN.

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