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Get into nature this fall season on Lookout Mountain

October 02, 2017 Categories: Seasonal

Fall is finally here. It’s our favorite time of year on Lookout Mountain as the humidity wanes and the beauty of the mountain comes to life. The deep greens of the trees gradually turn into spectacular golds and oranges, making fall the perfect time to get into nature and explore everything above the clouds. On top of the natural beauty the season brings, the attractions on Lookout Mountain enhance your mountain experience, whether you are at Rock City, Ruby Falls, or taking a ride on the Incline Railway.

One of Lookout Mountain’s premier fall events is Rock City’s Rocktoberfest. This celebration of Rock City’s German heritage happens every Saturday and Sunday in October. Here, German music, food, and specialty beer bring Rock City to life like no other time of year. There will be costumed characters, and you can even learn the traditional German polka dance. Rocktoberfest is in its 12th year of celebrating harvests and foliage, making it a fall favorite for families looking to get out and enjoy the season.

As the leaves transform to their vibrant warm hues, you’ll find that this is one of the best times to travel up Lookout Mountain on the Incline Railway. Traveling up the 72.7-degree grade of Lookout Mountain gives you a unique perspective of Chattanooga and the surrounding mountains as they are transformed by the change of seasons. Just sit back and enjoy the view on America’s Most Amazing Mile. When you get to the upper station, head to the upper observation deck for a view from the highest point on Lookout Mountain. From there, it’s a short walk to historic Point Park and more remarkable mountain views.

At Ruby Falls, you can travel through the foliage on ZIPStream Aerial Adventure. This is a one-of-a-kind way to experience the spectacular fall colors on Lookout Mountain—all while getting the adrenaline flowing. There is a course for everyone as well as a 40-foot climbing tower that will bring out the adventurist in you. If you are in the mood for a more relaxing way to take in the beauty of autumn, the Lookout Mountain Tower offers breathtaking views of the color across the Tennessee Valley.

While some enjoy the refreshing weather and stunning sights of fall, for others, autumn means that Halloween is almost here. And Ruby Falls’ Haunted Cavern’s Dread Hollow is the place to go for those that like some fright in their life. Voted one of the top haunted houses in America by Rand McNally and Buzzfeed, this year’s Haunted Cavern in the town of Dread Hollow is not for kids or the faint of heart but is perfect for those on the hunt for a spine-tingling one-of-a-kind experience! It’s at an all-new location on Browns Ferry Road with 20,000 square feet of haunted fear factors!

Discover everything happening on Lookout Mountain this fall by going to, and plan your trip to enjoy the view above the clouds.