The park has 9,000 acres of land filled with battlefields, monuments, forests, and urban landscapes that are ripe for exploring, even if Civil War history isn’t your thing.
This shows the Dyer Field, which was the scene of confusion and chaos on September 20 when the Confederate Army routed the center of the Union line. | Photo provided the National Park Service
The park — which has 6 different units throughout the area — also preserves 12,000 years of Native American presence on the Moccasin Bend Peninsula. There’s World War II history preserved on the park’s land, too. And there is no shortage of educational programs + volunteer activities.
🏞️Fast facts •It was the nation’s first national military park, established in 1895. •The park includes the Chickamauga Battlefield, which is just across the Georgia state line — about an 18-minute drive from downtown. • The Lookout MountainBattlefield, which includes Point Park + is where the famed Battle Above the Cloudstook place, is also part of the park. • Missionary Ridge, Moccasin Bend, Signal Point, and Orchard Knob are also units of the park.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited the Lookout Mountain Battlefield and Point Park in November 1938. | Photo provided by the National Park Service
🏞️ Events Each part of the park provides a chance to brush up on history and/or just enjoy the preserved outdoor resources + park leaders host a ton of events throughout the year.
Check out these upcoming events — if you go, let us know how you liked it.
• Kayak tour on Historic Lookout Creek | Sat., May 8 | 9-11 a.m. | Lookout Creek, exact location TBD | Free, RSVP | This is a free guided tour —children must be at least 14 and accompanied by an adult + all equipment will be provided.
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Announced ○ Although the county’s mask mandate ends April 29, health department officials said people should continue to wear masks, practice social distancing + wash their hands. This is needed because a significant number of eligible residents haven’t been vaccinated, and there’s evidence of other variants in the area.
Development ○ There’s a $30-million development planned for the area hit by last year’s tornadoes. Developers with Paces Ferry Builders want to build a 16-acre development that will have 36 single-family homes + 42 townhomes in East Brainerd. 🏡 (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
ComingSoon ○ After closing its door because of the pandemic, Designer Drugs (7304 Jarnigan Rd.) is reopening with a weeklong celebration that starts May 3. Throughout the week, the pharmacy will be hosting guest speakers, providing giveaways, and releasing new retail items.
Cause ○ Green Steps — a non-profit organization working to educate, enable, and incentivize citizens to clean up litter — is now a 501(c)(3). After a primary donor pulled out, they are asking the community to help contribute to the cause so they can keep their small staff employed + continue picking up trash.
Stat ○ 1,174. This is the percentage of growth that local company Legacybox has seen since 2014. The business, which is a worldwide digitizer of home videos + photos, recently surpassed 1 million customers. 👏
PlanAhead ○ Organizers have announced the 4th Annual Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas will begin its Juneteenth celebration on May 31. There will be a candlelight ceremony and other events through June.
State ○ Gov. Bill Lee has ended a state of emergency declared because of the pandemic, as well as orders that gave local authority over mask mandates. The changes also allow Tennessee to keep access to federal funding for food stamps + vaccination efforts. 😷 (NewsChannel 9)
Dish ○ Nashville-based Porter Road Butcherships craft meat to doorsteps nationwide. They work with local farmers to humanely pasture-raise animals — with no added hormones or antibiotics. Offering quality brats, steaks, dry-aged hotdogs, Italian sausage + more, Porter Road is also offering our readers $20 off their first order of $99+. Ⓟ
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Events and activities are donation-based, meaning that Reflection Riding asks that the public make a donation at a level comfortable for them, or become a member, rather than pay a set fee to join in the fun.
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Dish ○ One-Dish Wonders | Wed., April 28 | 6-7 p.m. | The Chattery, virtual | $20 | Learn how to make delicious meals using only one dish in this class. 🍲
Biz ○ Chattanooga EXPO 2021 | Tues., April 27-Wed., April 28 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Chattanooga Chamber, virtual | Chattanooga’s EXPO event showcases a variety of businesses + products and will feature nationally recognized speakers from varying industries. 🗣️
PlanAhead ○ Lon Eldridge in the Garden| Thurs., Apr. 29 | 7 p.m. | Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. | $12.50 in advance; $15 at door | Lon plays old-time blues and jazz + clever originals — no mask will be needed for this outdoor event if fully vaccinated. 🎵 ○ DJ Sandhu Comedy Show | Fri., April 30 | 7:30 + 9:45 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $18 | DJ Sandhu has worked with comedy legends Bret Ernst, Carl LaBove, Tommy Davidson, and more. ○ Spring flea market|Sat., May 1 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Dirty Jane’s Antiques, 1918 Dayton Blvd. | Free | There will be more than 100 vendors selling antiques, vintage, mid-century, and one-of-a-kind items. ○ Word to Your Mother| Sat., May 8 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave. | Free to attend | Shop local and celebrate moms at this Mother’s Day market + sidewalk shop. 🛍️
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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