Did you know that Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park was once the site of one of the bloodiest battles that occured during the Civil War?
Well it was and today it makes for an invaluable learning experience as you step back and delve into the city's history and visit the actual site of the battle itself.
During your time at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the knowledgable park rangers will share with you the rich history and events that occurred right on the very land you'll be standing.
During the fall and winter months from Labor Day to Memorial Day, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park offers a number of regularly scheduled ranger-guided tours which are great for families.
When you arrive, your first port of call should be the Visitor Center, where your adventure can start. The visitor center is home to exhibits covering the Civil War era, plus exhibits specifically on the 1863 Campaign for Chattanooga.
Many families actually travel to the park JUST to see the Fuller Gun Collection too, which is one of the best displays of military small arms in the United States! Pretty impressive!
Also at the visitor center you can enjoy a 26 minute orientation film, The Campaign for Chattanooga: Death Knell of the Confederacy
Beyond the battlefield, did you know that over twenty families lived inside what is now Chickamauga Battlefield? Today, you can see three historic cabins each dating to the late 1800s-early 1900s, standing on the field today.
Did you also know that there are plenty of outdoor activities you can enjoy too? Today nearly 10,000 acres of preserved and uninhabited landscape encompass Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, making it one of the largest outdoor green spaces in the entire Chattanooga area!
You can enjoy hiking or running on the 50 miles of trails, cycle or even horseback ride! With rock climbing, paddleboarding and kayaking to top off the nature-filled experience, there are so many reasons to visit this historic site.
Visitor Center Physical Address: 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
GPS Coordinates for Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center: N34° 56.415 W085° 15604
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.
Chickamauga Battlefield is free. Point Park at Lookout Mountain Battlefield: $10
Chickamauga Battlefield is free. Point Park at Lookout Mountain Battlefield: Free under 15 years
The visitor center have some snacks
Keep an eye on the website for the free days across the year. This waives the fee for Point Park atop Lookout Mountain
There is a gift shop in the visitor center where you can pick up a host of gifts and educational items all related to the history!
There are a wide array of educational opportunities available for students and teachers.
The park supports field trips, can help you find in-class lesson plans from throughout the National Park Service, to even on-site service learning and volunteer opportunities for your students!
Feel free to take your own healthy snacks and water just make sure you pick up all of your trash
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park covers over 9,000 acres of land, including two visitor centers, one at Chickamauga Battlefield and the other at Lookout Mountain Battlefield (Point Park).
The national military park strives to make sure as much of the park is accessible to the public as possible. However, there are some exceptions to accessibility within the park.
You can't reach the battlefield or visitor center via public transport.