There are so many fun things to see and do in Chattanooga, and even though we were there for 2 days, we didn’t get to do them all. We opted out of seeing Rock City and Ruby Falls, only because we’ve been there before. We recommend if you are in the area, you should certainly go see them, along with the Tennessee Aquarium.
Our “home” for those two nights was a State Park just outside of Chattanooga – Harrison Bay. It was absolutely beautiful, and at $22 a night, not a bad deal for a state park. There are water and electric hook ups, but not sewer, as with most state parks. There is a dump station on the way out. We wish we had time to explore the park more, but we were pressed for time. It’s on our list to go back to for sure. They have a small bird habitat with 3 disabled birds. It is a very nice park with lots of paths to walk on too.
Our first trip was to the Tennessee Valley Railroad and Museum. The museum was very interesting. There were several locomotives, box cars, and cabooses for people to walk in. Each one has their own signage. One in particular can even be rented out for birthday parties. The train ride is fun but short. It’s an antique steam engine originating from Alaska. The trip takes you 15 minutes to the depot where you get out and watch the turn table demonstration (where they turn the train engine around). Then, you tour the workshop where they repair the cars and engines. On your way back to get on the return trip, you can stop in and get a cookie or an ice cream flavor make specifically for the train station (small cup for a large price). All in all, it is worth the tour at the TVRR. Click below to see a short video of the turntable demonstration.
Our next adventure started on the Incline Railway. It’s over a hundred years old. It takes you from Elmo Street, at over a 72 percent grade straight up to Lookout Mountain. It’s powered by pulleys, so as one is going up, the other trolley must be coming down as a counter balance. It’s very steep, so you will want to hold on to your seat and check out the views as you climb up.
At the top of the mountain (Lookout Mountain), we went to the Civil War Museum and watched a 30 minute presentation of the Battles of Chattanooga: the Battle Above the Clouds, Moccasin Bend, Tennessee River, and Missionary Ridge. We videoed the entire presentation. You can watch it here. We apologize for the darkness of the video (the quality), but the room where they play it is dark. If you are a history buff, maybe you will enjoy it.
After the museum, our main reason for going up was to see P oint Park. This is part of the National Park Service and you can get your America the Beautiful pass here if you want. It’s $8 to enter the park, and there is either a person there to help you with that or a kiosk that takes debit cards. The entire walk around the park has jaw dropping views. We tried to picture how it was back in the 1800’s before all the development in the valley below. It’s so hard to picture nothing but mountains and trees beneath because of the modern roads and buildings. There is a large war monument for all veterans here and several cannons. There is a museum here with lots of things to read that are full of information about Tennessee and the Battles of Chattanooga. Tennessee was a border state, not supporting the North or the South, but there were sympathizers for both sides in the state. Ultimately, the state was won for the Union. We can’t imagine how these battles were fought so high up, utterly above the clouds. Whether history interests you or not, this park is worth a visit just to see the awesome views.
There are so many thing in and around Chattanooga, and it’s all family friendly fun. Ruby Falls has a parking area for RVs, so you may want to get there early if you need to park your “home” there. We wanted to go several other places, so we really are glad we chose to stay at Harrison Bay State Park and drive to all the places in our truck. We thank you all for subscribing to our YouTube channel. We have several new videos coming. Thank you for you liking and following our blog, and our Facebook and Instagram pages. We really appreciate all your support. We hope you enjoyed coming along on our Chattanooga journey and are looking forward to the next adventure. Thank you for joining us.