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See Seven States on Lookout Mountain

There are few places in America where the elevation change takes you high enough and the surrounding terrain is low enough where you can look out and see for miles. Because of the gradual curvature of the earth and using high-powered binoculars, you can see hundreds of miles away. One of the places where you can see a considerable amount of states is the Four Corners Monument where you can stand in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado at the same time. Another is in the northeast; you can also see up to five states from the top of Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts. States visible include New York, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. While each of these destinations provides incredible views, the place where you can view the most states at once is Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

Lookout Mountain is coincidentally located 25 miles from three different states. The half of Lookout Mountain is in Georgia and a few miles from Chattanooga, TN. If you look southwest from your vantage point at the edge of Lookout Mountain, Alabama is 25 miles away.  As the story goes, during the Civil War, there was a nurse on Lookout Mountain that wrote: “from this point, on a clear day with a good glass, I think you can see seven states.” 

The 4 other states you can see from Lookout Mountain are North Carolina at 50 miles away, Kentucky and Virginia at 120 miles away, and South Carolina at 80 miles away. You have to be in the correct places and using the correct tools to view that far. At Rock City using the stationary binoculars to look far into the horizon. Or you can visit Point Park and look off the Ochs Observatory.

The Rock City observation deck is built with high powered binoculars, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own. The sites are best viewed on a clear day with little to no cloud cover. Point Park is further north at the nighest point of Lookout Mountain, which gives you the best 360-degree viewing platform. At Ochs Observatory in Point Park, there are not stationary binoculars, so it would be beneficial to bring your own.

If you’re riding up to the top of Lookout Mountain on the Incline, then you’re a short walking distance away from Point Park. 

Incredible views aren't limited to just Rock City, the Incline and Point Park!  Head to the part of Lookout Mountain nearest to Chattanooga to explore Ruby Falls, home to the tallest underground waterfall open to the public in the United States and sweeping views from historic Lookout Mountain Tower of the Cumberland Plateau and Tennessee River.  The thundering waterfall will make you swoon and views of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling western foothills and Appalachian Mountains is the icing on the cake!  There is nothing like it.  Because of the incredible view, Ruby Falls was selected by the State of Tennessee to be one of only 13 locations in the state to receive first-ever colorblind viewfinders outfitted with lenses designed to alleviate red-green colorblindness.  The special technology allows even more folks to experience the beauty of the view from Ruby Falls. 

We hope your trip to Lookout Mountain is amazing and you take advantage of the unmatched views and experiences!  

Seven States stone at Rock City

View from Point Park