Portions Of Lookout Mountain Trails Closed Monday

Friday, August 8, 2014


Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is advising the public that portions of the Lookout Mountain trails will be temporarily closed on Monday, August 18, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.  In case of inclement weather, work will begin on Tuesday, August 19. During this closure the park will replace a chain-link fence at the base of the Ochs Museum inside Point Park.  

Due to welding and project work, portions of several trails will be closed to the public.  The trails affected are on the western side of Lookout Mountain. Trail closure barricades will be located at the Cravens House trail.  This will close the Cravens House Trail from the parking area up to the metal staircase at the Ochs Museum. The Bluff Trail will be closed from the Sunset Rock trailhead to the metal staircase at the Ochs Museum, and access to the Ochs Museum from within Point Park will also be closed.

For more information about the trails at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706/866-9241 or the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423/821-7786.



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