Last weekend I got a rare opportunity to spend the entire weekend doing things that I like to do all by myself. Jon took the little girls and went to the farm for a visit to celebrate Papa Edge's 60th birthday. I packed up the car early Saturday morning and headed out for a short road trip. Woo hoo!! I was headed to Huntsville for some Connie time with a dear friend, but along the way I had plans. These plans included Pointe Park on Lookout Mountain just outside Chattanooga and a rest area on Nickajack lake. Sounds kinda funny doesn't it, but just you wait.
On the way to my first stop Pointe Park, I got a call from another Connie friend of mine....she said and I quote..."You are driving entirely to fast". Huh??? To which she said 82mph is entire to fast...to which I again said huh?? then "Where are you?? Turns out I had just passed her and her husband on their way up to house hunt in Nashville. So lesson learned Don't think that just because you are no where near your home town, that someone you know won't catch you speeding (just a little, and I did slow down). :D
Anyway once I got through the construction in Chattanooga and on my way up Lookout Mountain. Now if you like to drive steep curvy roads (all you motorcycle riders) this is the ride to take, it was fabulous. The views were gorgeous and the atmosphere was amazing. It took my time but made it to the top of the mountain about 10am, and the light was gorgeous. The park had only been open for a short time so there were few visitors which was perfect for me.
Pointe Park is a national historic park that was the lookout, hence the name of the mountain, for the confederate forces during the civil war. Once you get to the lookout areas you can understand why.
These lookouts are positioned straight towards the city of Chattanooga, and out over Moccasin Bend in the Tennessee river below
There was a large battle at the base of Lookout Mountain as well as its slopes as the Union soldiers tried to take such a strategic position. It was like having a birds eye view, so definitely a place you wanted to be in possession of.
The park is beautiful and well cared for. There are walking trails that lead all the way down the mountain to the Craven house which has some great significance to the battle but I am embarrassed to say I didn't make it to on this trip.
The is one of the paths that leads down the mountain. It was beautiful and lead to a museum at another lookout point.
This old building held a few exhibits about photography on Lookout Mountain (definitely an interest for me), life in the camps and signaling used during the war to alert troops of enemy movements. It was well presented and very fascinating. If you are anything like me then you LOVE looking at old photographs and making up stories, and this little museum was just full of great old pictures.
On of the side doors leading back out to the path to return to the top of the mountain. I unfortunately had to go back up so that I could make it to Huntsville in time to relax in the pool. :D
Once I left Pointe Park I was heading back North again and stopped at the rest stop on Nickajack lake, which so far in my travels is the most beautiful rest stop. It sits on an island in the middle of the lake, so you have beautiful water all around you. It was definitely a good place to stop and take a rest for a moment.