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Take a break from your regular city life and enjoy some time surrounded by lush greenery as you visit the Tennessee River Park. This spacious park is known for its scenic beauty and is a popular outing spot for the locals as well as the tourists. Situated by the riverside, the park features a water front trail which is just ideal for a romantic walk with someone special. Besides, the park has picnic facilities, drinking fountains and public art throughout and is a great spot for spending some quality time with your loved ones. You can also fish or enjoy boating when here.
Once an abandoned shipping yard, Coolidge Park has carried the spirit of revitalization from downtown to the North Shore. The park features a century-old, hand-carved carousel. A large fountain with stone horses, lions and sea turtles sprays water to cool youngsters on hot summer afternoons. A large common area along the riverfront allows for games, picnics and relaxing afternoons. Two stages and a pavilion area offer space for weddings and other special events. Park admission is free. Fee to rent the stage or pavilion.
Spread across 353 acres (143 hectares) of serene pastures along the Chickamauga Lake's eastern banks, the Booker T Washington State Park is an integral outdoor space for locals living in the scenic Chattanooga area. Operated and maintained by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the state park is divided into three different recreational areas, specifically dedicated to biking, fishing and picnicking. Fishing zones come with boat launching areas and pools with bathhouses, while the picnicking regions come with grills and playgrounds for the little ones.
During the United States Civil War, the Confederate armies of Chattanooga used the East Brow of Lookout Mountain as their lookout point. The panoramic view of the valley gave the Confederates an advantage over any approaching Union Army. However, during the bloody battle for Chattanooga, the northern troops waited for the clouds to fall upon the point and advanced under the cloud cover. Before the Southern troops knew what was happening, their fate was sealed. This park and museum commemorates this struggle for visual superiority. The Confederates were defeated and the post captured, but it was a valiant battle now known as the Battle Above the Clouds.
Just south of Chattanooga is the site of the area's longest and bloodiest battle of the United States Civil War. The U.S. War Department (now the Department of the Interior) declared this battlefield a National Military Park. It has attracted millions of visitors over the years. A visitor's center provides detailed information about the history of the battlefield and the battles fought here. The self-guided tour takes you through a number of battle sites, Wilder Tower lookout and a common area for picnics and recreation.
Escape in the lap of nature as you visit the scenic Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This lush green property spans over 317 acres (129 hectares) and takes you to the scenic nature from the hustle and bustle of the city. This is a fine outing spot where you can enjoy a walking or driving around the property with your loved ones. Whether you want a relaxed day with a picnic under the blue sky or you want to go for an adventurous hike, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Botanical Garden has something for every taste. This property is home to several native animals and birds, so be ready to have a rendezvous with deers, turtles, turkey and some wild animals too.