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Hike - Lookout Mountain - Fri., April 8, 2016

FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
 
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN
Distance:   approx. 5 miles
Elevation Gain:   approx. 600 feet
Rating:  Moderate
Driving time:  90 minutes
Leader:  Curt Sheldon  865-458-8510   curtssheldon@gmail.com
 
This hike will hopefully appeal to those who enjoy great vistas and/or Civil War history.  Lookout Mountain was the scene of a significant Civil War battle on November 24, 1863.  We stop for lunch at Point Park, which has a small museum, cannons, monuments, and signage documenting the battle.  It also boasts fantastic vistas of Chattanooga.

Most of the trail is not difficult.  However, there is a fair amount of uphill climbing on this hike.  The trail is somewhat rocky, and there is a tall metal stairway to climb to enter Point Park.  There is a modest entrance fee which will be collected if you go to the Visitor Center.  It may be reduced or waived if you have a National Park pass.

Bring water and a trail lunch.
Carpooling is recommended, passengers are asked to contribute $6 to the driver to help cover gas, etc.