Already one of the most unique and exhilarating ways to travel Lookout Mountain, the views from the Incline Railway in the fall are something to behold. The array of gold and orange foliage witnessed as you take the 72.7-degree incline along Lookout Mountain is breathtaking. Downtown Chattanooga and the surrounding mountains take on a new look, and the view leaves you with a renewed appreciation for the beauty of the area and nature itself. And the Incline Railway is the best way to experience it all while exploring Lookout Mountain and the valley below.
Start your journey by heading up Lookout Mountain on the railway where a unique Lookout Mountain adventure awaits. After soaking in the stunning fall colors on the ride up, explore the upper station before heading to Point Park, which is a short walk away.
On the upper observation deck, take in the splendor of the fall foliage from the highest vantage point on Lookout Mountain. It is the perfect place to take a sweeping one-of-a-kind photo of the using the panorama feature on your smartphone. After admiring the majestic mountains and relishing in the refreshingly cool mountain air, take time to explore the engine room and historic photo gallery to gain a new perspective on what a marvel of engineering the Incline Railway is.
From the terminal, it is a short walk to historic Point Park. The park was home to a critical Civil War battle, and now markers and plaques designate the battles fought here. There are many overlooks in the park giving you a remarkable view of downtown Chattanooga, the Tennessee River, and the southern Appalachians that can’t be found anywhere else on Lookout Mountain. Take some time to roam the park and the mountain trails, especially the Ochs Museum, which delves into the history of photography and signaling on Lookout Mountain.
After a rejuvenating walk and journey back down the Incline Railway, explore historic St. Elmo at the lower station. Recharge with a meal at some of the best restaurants in the Chattanooga area, including the 1885 Grill and MoJo Burrito. Or treat yourself and the kids to some ice cream at Clumpies or a cup of joe at Plus Coffee. With everything happening on the Incline Railway this fall, it is the perfect place to relish the dramatic change of seasons that make it one of our favorite times of the year.
To discover why the Incline Railway is your gateway to Lookout Mountain, go to www.ridetheincline.com to buy tickets and plan your trip above the clouds.