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Chattanooga Area National Parks

A loop through Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama

  • 5
  • 04:56
  • 251 mi
  • $27
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Created by TopherKersting - July 9th 2016

My daughter and I love the National Park Service and regularly take epic road trips to visit parks far from home. These are some of our local parks, and ones that out-of-town visitors often miss.

Photo of Point Park

110 Point Park Rd, Lookout Mountain, TN, US

Point Park

We're starting this trip in Chattanooga, where there is plenty to do, but for this, we start on Lookout Mountain. If you're up for a hike, start at Cravens House and hike up to Point Park. My daughter and I prefer early morning hikes--less humidity and fewer mosquitoes--and that gives time to make it the second and third stops in one day, if you're so inclined.

16mi 00h 28m

3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA, US

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park


After Point Park, drive down to the main battlefield. Most weekends there are ranger programs--check the events calendar:

93mi 01h 33m
Photo of Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield

900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw, GA, US

Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield


It's about a 90 minute drive between Chickamauga and Kennesaw Mountain. If you're doing this road trip in two days, I would recommend either staying at an Atlanta-area hotel or camping near Little River Canyon, where there are some great campsites. If you're doing this a bit more slowly--and I do recommend that--camp near Chickamauga and head down to Kennesaw Mountain in the morning. If you want to add another National Park Service site to the trip, head downtown and visit the Martin Luther King National Historic Site and the King Center.

84mi 01h 47m
Photo of Little River Canyon National Preserve

477 Alabama 35, Fort Payne, AL, US

Little River Canyon National Preserve


It's a little under two hours between Kennesaw Mountain and Little River Canyon, but it's a nice drive. The driving tour of Little River Canyon will provide tons of great photo opportunities.

56mi 01h 08m
Photo of Russell Cave National Monument

3729 County Road 98, Bridgeport, AL, US

Russell Cave National Monument

If you're heading back to Chattanooga and do want some caving, Raccoon Mountain is on the way back. If you're coming back on a Friday or Saturday night, Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater is a great family-owned drive-in.