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Ride the Incline Railway to cool off on Lookout Mountain this fall

September 18, 2017 Categories: Seasonal Vacation Planning

Another hot and humid summer is mercifully winding down, ushering in the return of refreshing fall temperatures, as well as the much-anticipated return of Saturday football. This makes it one of the best times of the year to get outdoors to enjoy the change of seasons. With spectacular views, lush foliage, and a rich history, Lookout Mountain is the perfect place to take advantage of the cooler weather while creating an adventure all your own. And the best way to experience Lookout Mountain (and even cooler weather) is to travel America’s Most Amazing mile on the Incline Railway!

Start your adventure at the lower station of the Incline Railway in historic St. Elmo, where you can get a breathtaking view of the 72.7-degree incline railway heading up Lookout Mountain. While in St. Elmo, explore the dining options—the 1885 Grill is one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the area—or grab an ice cream at Clumpies.

Traveling up Lookout Mountain on the Incline Railway gives you a unique view of Chattanooga and the surrounding mountains. The climb gets steep and the car is steady, a testament to the engineering marvel that the railway is. Before heading out to historic Point Park, discovering the Battles for Chattanooga exhibit, or taking a trek along one of Lookout Mountain’s world-class trails, explore the upper station, where you can find the highest point on the mountain at the upper observation deck.

There are two observation decks at the upper station. The upper deck is the perfect place to use the panoramic option on your camera phone, giving you an image that you will want to share with friends and family. On the lower deck, you can get a feel for just how steep the incline is by peeking over the rail and watching the Incline Railway travel back down Lookout Mountain.

After marveling at the views, take a tour of the engine room to get an up-close look at the machinery that makes the railway work. And to explore the history of the Incline Railway, don’t miss the Centennial Photo Exhibit. Here you can see how the railway has changed over the years through some remarkable images that are certain to give you a greater appreciation for the tedious work involved in making the railway a reality. 

A fall trip also means more time to explore the upper station with fewer crowds and relishing the outdoors on Lookout Mountain without the heat and crowds of summer!

To book a trip on the Incline Railway and discover for yourself why they call it America’s Most Amazing Mile, go to