Battlefields in Northwest Georgia
Posted 11.11.2022 in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Rome, Travel Guides
Northwest Georgia was host to significant battles during the Civil War; State and National Parks provide opportunities for traveling groups to learn about and experience this rich history. With many parks being free and others offering affordable experiences, these are great places to bring groups of all ages. Here is a list of some of our favorite battlefields to visit:
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Kennesaw Mountain is home to some of Northwest Georgia’s most stunning views. Beyond its beautiful 2,965 acre hiking trails, Kennesaw Mountain served as battlegrounds during the Atlanta Campaign of the Civil War. During this battle, over 67,000 U.S. soldiers died while fighting to protect our country. Located not far off of I-75 just north of Atlanta, this motorcoach friendly park is a great destination to experience some of Georgia’s finest history. Picnic areas are located near the visitor’s center, perfect for school field trips, and travel groups.
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
Located in Chickamauga, Georgia & Chattanooga National Military Park is a great destination for immersing deep into U.S. History. Be sure to view The Wilder Brigade Monument, an 85 foot tower overlooking the south end of the battlefield. If you are looking for a view, there is availability to walk up the tower during certain dates and times. This tower was a turning point in the battle where John Wilder had his famous “Lightning Brigade”. Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park is also a great place to pack a picnic. This is an excellent travel destination for school field trips because of their guided tour option. Motorcoach accessible parking is available onsite, making it the perfect place to start your group’s adventure! There is more than one way to explore the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, you can either hike on your own or take a guided tour with a park ranger.
When you visit Chickamauga, you can drive 30 more minutes and reach Lookout Mountain. This site is not far from Chattanooga, TN in Lookout Mountain, Georgia crossing into Lookout Mountain, TN. Point Park is located overlooking Lookout Mountain Battlefield and provides an excellent view of the city of Chattanooga. On the Tennessee/Georgia line, you can cross over to see several views across two states. The Ochs Memorial Observatory is a museum that contains several pictures and artifacts from the Civil War including the Moccasin Bend. Point Park is known for “The Battle of The Clouds” due to a part of the Civil War that took place in such high altitudes overlooking mountains. Admission to Point Park is $10 per person and the park also has bus accommodation for large groups traveling together.
Resaca Battlefield Historic Site
If you are looking for a weekend hike, Resaca Battlefield is your place! Located off of I-75 in Gordon County, Resaca Battlefield is home to the historic 5.1 mile loop that over 50,000 soldiers fought on. The Battle of Resaca served as a prelude to the Atlanta Campaign that took place during the Civil War. Just over an hour north of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, pairing the two would make a great day trip! Resaca Battlefield Historic Site also includes large group tours upon request. Bus parking is available on site for groups. It is important to note that this site is only open to the public Friday-Sunday, making it the perfect weekend travel destination!
Allatoona Pass Battlefield
Allatoona Pass, famous for the Great Locomotive Chase in 1862, is now an incredible Battlefield to visit while in Northwest Georgia. The trenches that the 5,000 Civil War troops fought on are still intact for visitors to see. With numerous monuments and informative signs throughout the hiking trails, your group will learn so much about the grounds you are waking on. Located in between Atlanta Georgia and Chattanooga Tennessee, Allatoona Pass Battlefield would make a great school field trip, or large group destination traveling by motorcoach. With it’s location near several other historic sites, Allatoona Pass Battlefield is a must see stop on your bus trip to Northwest Georgia’s historic battlefields!
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