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Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

In the fall of 1863, bloody Civil War battles raged in the fields and woods of Chickamauga and on the slopes of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, part of a five-month campaign for control of Chattanooga—a key rail center and “Gateway to the Deep South.”

These critical battles might be remembered only as a side note in American history if not for the courageous efforts of a small group of Union and Confederate veterans who waged their own fight to preserve these battlefields and honor those who fought here. In 1890, their efforts paid off when Congress established Chickamauga and Chattanooga as the nation’s first national military park.

Originally maintained by the War Department, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park was transferred to the National Park Service in 1933.

Two visitor centers orient visitors to the battlefields.

At Chickamauga Battlefield in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, the visitor center is open daily from 8:30 am to 5 pm. You can browse exhibits relating to the campaign and battle of Chickamauga, tour the Fuller Gun Collection, and watch the award-winning orientation film, “The Chattanooga Campaign–Death Knell of the Confederacy.” Be sure to obtain the park brochure containing a self-guided driving tour guide for the Chickamauga Battlefield and ask a ranger about the cell phone tour option. For added historical perspective, try one of the ranger-guided, car caravan tours. They take place every weekend throughout the year and daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The Lookout Mountain Battlefield visitor center, atop Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. You’ll find exhibits relating to the campaign and battles for Chattanooga, self-starting orientation programs, and the 13’x30′ James Walker painting—“The Battle of Lookout Mountain.” You’ll want to pick up the park brochure with the Point Park self-guided walking tour. Point Park, adjacent to the visitor center, offers excellent views of the Chattanooga area. Don’t miss the ranger-guided walking tours to learn about the desperate fighting that took place on the slopes of the mountain in 1863.

While in Point Park, be sure to visit the Ochs Museum and Observatory. You’ll find excellent exhibits about the Cracker Line, photography on Point Lookout, and Civil War signaling—a method of communication used heavily during the Chattanooga campaign. The observatory offers visitors a commanding view of the Tennessee River as it bends around Moccasin Point.

In 2013, commemorative events are scheduled from September through November to mark the 150th battle anniversaries. Visitors can take part in ranger-guided programs at Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge battlefields. Living history programs include infantry and artillery demonstrations and musical performances.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park’s younger visitors can participate in the Junior Ranger and the Civil War Trading Card programs. Rangers at either visitor center can share the details.

Don’t delay in planning your getaway to the Civil War’s “Gateway” and America’s first national military park.

RV Parks & Camping

There are no camping facilities at the National Military Park however Cloudland Canyon State Park is located about 10 miles south of Chickamauga Battlefield.

Cloudland Canyon State Park is one of Georgia’s most scenic state parks because it straddles a deep gorge cut into Lookout Mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek where elevations change rapidly from 1,980 ft. to 800 ft. The 3,485 acre park contains 73 tent, trailer and RV campsites and 16 rental cottages.

Cloudland Canyon State Park also offers a wide variety of recreational activities such as swimming, camping, hiking, tennis, disc golf and picnicking.

For more RV Parks and campgrounds options in the area check here.


Redwood National and State Parks California entry signThis week’s National Park Getaway travels to California’s northwest coast to soak in this splendor of towering trees and majestic overlooks.

Redwood National and State Parks preserve the largest remaining contiguous section of ancient coast redwood forest, including some of the world’s tallest and oldest trees. The park’s primeval forests, prairies, rivers, coastline, and woodlands are cooperatively managed by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

The human footprint in this park dates back more than 4,500 years. The Tolowa, Yurok, Chilula and Hupa peoples continue to rely on the park for spiritual, cultural, physical and economic sustenance. The park’s landscape holds remnants of its past logging, ranching, fishing and military history.

At Redwood, you can hike among the giants, relax in fields of wildflowers and explore the beaches of the Pacific coast. You’ll get a clear view by reading this week’s National Park Getaway article at

The four developed campground …three in the redwood forest and one on the coast… provide unparalleled camping opportunities for families and groups traveling with RVs (utility hookups not available). Sites may also be available for hikers and bicyclists (see campground-specific info. below).

A few sites at the campgrounds may be available on a first-come, first-served basis for one night only but reservations are accepted and strongly recommended for camping at the Jedediah Smith, Mill Creek, and Elk Prairie campgrounds between May 25th and September 3rd. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance online at ReserveAmerica or by calling 1-800-444-7275.

Reservations are not accepted for Gold Bluffs Beach Campground-all sites are available a first-come, first-served basis, only.

All campgrounds are operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Discounts are not available for America the Beautiful Senior/Access Pass holders. Click here for more information about California State Park passes.

In 1961, President Kennedy signed legislation establishing Cape Cod National Seashore, a park that boasts sandy beaches, marshes, lighthouses, trails, and more. In January 2011, the National Park Service, its partners, and local communities began hosting events to commemorate the establishment of the park. The commemoration continues in July and August with the exhibit Fulfilling the Mission: Images from the First 50 Years, the display Cape Cod National Seashore at 50, and a variety of events on August 7, the seashore’s birthday.

Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore

The August 7 program includes concerts, children’s activities, and “retrospective ranger programs” – walks at the sites of some of Cape Cod’s 1960s ranger programs, including the Small’s Swamp walk led by former ranger Dave Spang, who led it in 1963. For more information about the anniversary year, please see:

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