In 1852 Colonel James Whiteside built a road from the north end of Lookout Mountain to his property at the top, then called Point Lookout. The ride up took four hours in a buggy with a good horse, but the view was stunning. In 1857 Col. Whiteside added a hotel that would be destroyed during the Civil War.
Although the mountaintop remained relatively quiet after the Civil War, in 1879 a second toll-road was completed and a building boom ensued. By the mid-1890's there were a number of alternate routes to the top of Lookout Mountain including Inclines (Incline Railway) and two railroads (a broad gauge and narrow gauge), and a number of hotels and rooms.
Point Park was completed in 1905 to commemorate the Battle Above the Clouds" as part of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park. Land on the mountainside, acquired by the publisher of the Chattanooga Times, Adolph S. Ochs, from Col. Whiteside's family and the family of Robert Cravens comprised a significant portion of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park on Lookout Mountain, although it is not technically part of Point Park. Ochs then donated the land to the government for the memorial. Cravens House is also a part of the park and can be reached by road or trails.
I24 West to exit 178. Continue to Broad Street (Tenn 58) and turn left. At McDonalds bear left on Cummings Highway. Turn left on Tenn 148 (Scenic Highway). Follow signs to Point Park.
Inside Point Park are numerous monuments to the men who fought and died. The New York Peace Memorial features a Union and a Confederate soldier shaking hands. A small museum at the Ochs Overlook houses items of interest for Civil War buffs.
From Point Park it is possible to access many other sites through an intricate maze of trails on Lookout Mountain. Access to the trails is from Ochs Museum. You can walk to Sunset Rock, where James Longstreet watched the Union Army march unopposed into Lookout Valley during the operations associated with the Battle of Browns Ferry. (1.1 miles, easy), walk to the Cravens House, (1.5 miles, moderate) or follow the eastern rim of the mountain (1.5, easy) on the Mountain Rim Trail. This trail is exceptionally beautiful at sunrise.
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Fee charged for entrance to Point Park. All other areas are free with the exception of the Cravens House.
From I-24 in Chattanooga take the State Road 58 exit. Turn left on 20th St., then left on Broad Street. Travel 1.7 miles to Cummings Highway. Follow this for .8 miles to Tn 148 (Lookout Mountain Scenic Hwy). Climb the mountain and turn right at 2.6 miles on E. Brow Road. In .5 miles Brow Road turns right and becomes Point Park Rd. Limited parking is available.