Experience the thrill of riding "Americas Most Amazing Mile" as the incline climbs historic Lookout Mountain. Chattanooga and the surrounding mountains and valleys come alive as the trolley-style rail cars carry you into the clouds. The breathtaking grade of the tract at 72.7 percent near the top gives the incline the unique distinction of being the steepest passenger railway in the world.
Feel the spray of a cascading waterfall. Experience the seasons of a lush mountain forest where river otters play. Stand eye-to-eye with hulking sixty-five pound catfish patrolling the depths of the Tennessee River. Explore the Amazon River where piranhas dart among anaconda and boa constrictors. Listen to the birds in the mist-shrouded Delta. Freshwater sustains all life on earth, yet we know so little about this magical and complex world of swamps, streams, lake, and bogs. This is one of the worlds largest aquariums, and the only one to reveal in such stunning detail the fascinating web of life supported by freshwater.
The "Golden Age" of American railroading lasted for about fifty years during which time rail empires were built, two world wars were fought and frequent passenger trains rolled almost everywhere. The Tennessee Valley Railroad was founded in 1969 by a small group of rail fans determined to preserve operating steam passenger trains. You are invited to ride the train, see the audio visual show, browse through our exhibits, tour the repair shop, enjoy the dining room and explore our gift shops.
This museum promotes learning and discovery through sight, sound and exploration. Featuring a little yellow house for preschoolers, an optics tower, a one- hundred-twenty seat performance theater, plus live demonstrations and changing exhibits. Meet the inventor, the artist, the musician and the scientist that live within YOU and uncover a world of fun!
The Lost Sea is known as "Americas Largest Underground Lake." Wide sloping walkways take you on an adventure to the many interesting rooms, some of which are among the widest, highest and largest rooms of any caverns in the Southeast. Upon entering the lake room you will board large glass bottom boats for an exciting trip on the Lost Sea. While on the trip you will observe some of the largest rainbow trout in the United States. Every second of the one hour tour is a fascinating experience you will never forget!
With acres of unspoiled natural beauty, the Cherokee National Forest offers dozens of exciting and relaxing recreation opportunities--hiking, picnicking, hunting, fishing, swimming and boating. The Forests Scenic Byway winds along Parksville Lake, the Okay River, mountaintops overlooking the Shelley recreational area and many more breathtaking scenes.
The last of the council grounds of the Cherokee Nation before their removal along the tragic "Trail of Tears" are located here. A Cherokee farm and council house of the period have been reconstructed to offer visitors a glimpse of how the area might have looked one hundred-fifty years ago. An interpretive center houses a theater, exhibits and artifacts.