What to See & Do

So much to see and do..all within a few miles of Fort Oglethorpe.  You’ll want to stay in Fort Oglethorpe and take advantage of easy highway access, less traffic and congestion and lower hotel and dining rates. Download our brochure here.

Attractions for the History Buff: 

Within the city of Fort Oglethorpe, you’ll want to visit the Chickamauga National Military Park, scene where Union and Confederate armies clashed during the fall of 1863 in some of the hardest fighting of the Civil War. The Park's Visitor Center contains exhibits and the Fuller Gun Collection which contains over 300 examples of military long arms.  Then visit the 6th Cavalry Museum on historic Barnhardt Circle (preserving the rich military history of the “Fighting Sixth” Cavalry, stationed at The Post at Fort Oglethorpe 1919 – 1942).

The cities of Ringgold , Chickamauga and LaFayette have a rich Civil War and Cherokee Indian heritage to enhance your tourist experience.  Only a few minutes east of Fort Oglethorpe, Ringgold is home to the Ringgold Depot (The Blue & Gray Trail).  The City of Chickamauga is located just south of the Military Park and home to the Gordon Lee Mansion (the only structure remaining from the battle of Chickamauga).  Often called the "Queen City of the Highlands," LaFayette is located just minutes south of Chickamauga and boasts a rich Native American, Civil War, and African American history.

Lookout Mountain is just a stone's throw away...so be sure to visit the Cravens House (During the battle of Chattanooga, both the Union and Confederate armies used Cravens' relatively opulent home as an observation post and headquarters), the Battles for Chattanooga Electric Map & Museum and Point Park (built in 1905 to commemorate the "Battle Above the Clouds".)

Downtown Chattanooga hosts the Medal of Honor Museum and the National Cemetery (12,000 Union soldiers are interred at the beautiful National Cemetery in Chattanooga).

 

Walking & Driving Tours:  The Chickamauga National Military Park features a 7-mile self-guiding auto tour, monuments, historical tablets, hiking trails and horse trails.  Travel the Chickamauga Campaign or Blue and Gray Trail of nearby Civil War sites. 

Point Park National Park on Lookout Mountain tells the story of the “Battle Above the Clouds.”

Recreation & Entertainment:  There’s plenty for the kid and kid-at-heart to do in Fort Oglethorpe.  Spend the day outdoors playing at Lake Winnepesaukah home to the world famous Cannon Ball Roller Coaster.  Winner’s Circle offers mini-golf, go-karts, laser tag and arcade.  Public pool, tennis courts, walking trails, play park and AMC Battlefield Cinema 10.

Cultural Activities:

Festivals - Patriotism at The Post

Military Events - "Remembering Our Heroes"