Summer programs begin at Chickamauga Park
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to take part in summer programming occurring at Chickamauga Battlefield and Lookout Mountain Battlefield.
Programs begin Saturday, May 23, and end mid-August. The Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Visitors can join a park ranger on a hike to Snodgrass Hill or to Battleline Road every Wednesday - Saturday, where they will follow personal stories of the soldiers during the fighting in September 1863.
Visitors can also participate in a daily car caravan tour of the battlefield, stopping at various locations to discuss how the battle unfolded around them. Rangers will provide special talks focusing on the National Park Service’s “Find Your Park” initiative, the creation of the national military park 125 years ago, and the uses of artillery during the battle of Chickamauga every Monday through Saturday at the visitor center.
On Fridays, living historians will allow visitors the opportunity to meet a Confederate or a Union soldier at the visitor center to learn about the lives of soldiers engaged in the Battle of Chickamauga. This program will include a firing demonstration of a reproduction rifle.
For those wishing to hear the roar and smell the smoke of a reproduction Civil War cannon, they may do so on Saturday, July 25 and Saturday, Sept. 5. These living history programs will take place adjacent to the visitor center.
At Lookout Mountain Battlefield, between Wednesday and Sunday, visitors can join a park ranger on a guided tour of Point Park, where they learn about the desperate fighting on the slopes of the mountain.
Every Thursday through Sunday, visitors can participate in brief talks focusing on the National Park Service’s “Find Your Park” initiative and the creation of the national military park 125 years ago.
On Sundays, a ranger will lead an afternoon hike along the trails of Lookout Mountain, discussing how the battle unfolded in the foggy mist in 1863.
On Saturdays, living historians will allow visitors the opportunity to meet a Confederate or a Union soldier inside Point Park to learn about the lives of soldiers engaged in the Battle of Lookout Mountain. This program will include a firing demonstration of a reproduction rifle.
An entry fee of $3 per adult, ages 16 and older, is required to enter Point Park. Children 15 and younger enter free.
Tours of the Cravens House, on Lookout Mountain, are available for visitors on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. In addition to touring the house, visitors can learn about the area where some of harshest fighting of the battle took place.
For those visitors on Lookout Mountain wishing to participate in a program where a reproduction Civil War cannon is fired by park crew members, they may do so inside Point Park on Saturday, May 30, July 4 and Aug. 8.
For more information about programs, including specific times, at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, or visit the park’s website at nps.gov/chch.