Why the Chattanooga, TN, Incline Railway Is One of the Best Attractions Around

January 31, 2020

You’ll discover a great deal of history atop Lookout Mountain, but the Chattanooga, TN, Incline Railway might be one of the most exciting historical attractions around. People of all ages come to enjoy the fun and natural beauty that you will find at this popular Chattanooga attraction. Don’t miss out on the gorgeous views and unforgettable memories that you can find here at the steepest passenger railway in the world!. 

Everything You Need to Know About the Chattanooga, TN, Incline Railway

About the Chattanooga, TN, Incline Railway on Lookout Mountain

Since the end of the Civil War, visitors have flocked to Lookout Mountain to see the infamous battlefields for themselves. The Chattanooga Incline has been transporting visitors up and down Lookout Mountain for over 100 years to do just that. Today, the 1-mile-long track is commonly called “America’s Most Amazing Mile.” The trolley-style carts carry you up the mountain at 72.7% grade, making it the steepest in the world. You can enjoy the stunning scenery of Chattanooga’s peaks and valleys along the ride. 

How the Incline Works

The Incline is a funicular railway, meaning the two railway carts counterbalance each other. As one cart ascends the mountain, another returns to the bottom of the track. 

Things to Do in the Area

The attraction has two stops that allow visitors to deboard. You’ll find a station at the top of Lookout Mountain and another at the bottom near downtown Chattanooga. There are plenty of activities to do around each stop! At the top of Lookout Mountain, you’ll find Point Park, Civil War exhibits, and other attractions that are part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Don’t forget to stop by the observation tower as well to see the breathtaking panoramic views of Chattanooga!

There’s plenty more excitement at the lower station. Wander into the gift shop to find a wide selection of Lookout Mountain Railway souvenirs. You’ll also find some of downtown Chattanooga’s favorite restaurants, brewpubs, coffee houses, and shops all within a few blocks. If you’re looking for even more adventure, there’s also an indoor climbing wall just minutes away from the station. 

Details and Operation

The Incline is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lower station address: 3917 St. Elmo Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37409

Top station address: 827 East Brow Rd., Lookout Mountain, TN 37350

Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12 years old. All children under 2 years old ride for free with a paying adult. 

The Incline Railway will reopen in March 2020 after construction is complete. 

Stay at Chanticleer Inn on Lookout Mountain

Room 12 at the Chanticleer Inn You don’t have to travel far from the Chattanooga Incline Railway to find a comfortable place to rest. Stay right in the heart of Lookout Mountain! There is no better way to experience the area than by immersing yourself in the history and natural beauty of Chattanooga. From location and convenience to luxury amenities, our inn is the best place to stay in the Chattanooga area. 

Here at Chanticleer Inn, we provide our guests with only the highest quality service and accommodations. Book your stay in Room 12 to enjoy a king-sized bed, in-room gas fireplace, plush bathrobes, and more! No matter the season, you’ll have no trouble getting cozy during your mountain vacation. Check our availability and book your stay with us today. 


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