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“historical significance, great Lookout Mtn hike launch point”
Review of Cravens House

Ranked #39 of 148 things to do in Chattanooga
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Owner description: This historic home was the site of one of the most intense Civil War Battles.
Cornelius, North Carolina
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60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“historical significance, great Lookout Mtn hike launch point”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Nice monuments and historical information around the house. The view from the porch of the house is breathtaking if you can forget about the power lines in the line of vision; you would think they could have found another way considering the historical significance of the location?. As a previous reviewer stated, there is free parking and a couple different hiking trailheads here. NOTE Sunset Rock via Cravens House / Bluff trail is closed due to a landslide (or so the posting said). We went the long (and tougher) way to Sunset Rock via Rifle Pits / Upper Truck / Gum Spring trails.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Tom T
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Pensacola, Florida, United States
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Cravens House”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

The house was not open for viewing while we were there - not sure if it ever is. The grounds were beautiful. Amazing views of the city from the mountain.

Visited May 2014
Thank shhourti
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Clarkesville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“beautiful view, great history lesson”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

This is an interesting part of the Civil War to learn about. The house sits high on the mountain and has a great view. There are two cannons on the property as well as many walking trails. The ONLY downside is that there are no restrooms nearby (you have to go back down to Ruby Falls.) We enjoyed being able see the city view, learn the battle of lookout mountain and hike for free. One of the very few free things to do in Chattanooga.

Visited April 2014
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60 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Hike here INSTEAD of rock city.”
Reviewed 15 January 2014 via mobile

Rock city is definitely a must-do. Once. After that, explore all the hiking trails from here to Point Park, and to sunset rock. Save your money, and embark on a unique adventure.
My wife and I recently hiked here and absolutely loved it. It was the highlight of our trip. Beautiful moderate hike, saw very few other hikers.

7 Thank Chief87
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Signal Mtn. Tn
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“A real pleasant stop. Call ahead to be sure but the house is open.”
Reviewed 22 June 2013

Call ahead to be sure, but the house is usually open to visitors from 1 to 4:30 on the weekend. The ranger on staff leaves at 5. Parking is free. It is not the original house that was in the war. Craven supported the South so after Chattanooga was taken by the North they dismantled it for its wood for their camp fires and to punish Mr. Craven. There are no public bathrooms or water fountains but the tour is short. the furnishings are from a later time period it still allows the visitor to see how life may have been back then.. There are lots of hiking trails that go around the mountain and up to the batteries on top of the mountain. I preferred to drive up. The Cravens house is free but if you drive up the mountain to Point Park, there is a $3 charge per person to get into Point Park. Seniors, 62 years old or older, can purchase a life time Federal Parks Pass for $10 which allows up to four people in for free to all the Federal Parks. As mentioned earlier by another reviewer, the view of Chattanooga and the surrounding area is spectacular. That is why the North and South occupied it although at different times. Don't forget to allow time to see Craven's Iron Works location on the bluff below the Hunter Museum on the river. It is best viewed from the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge or art garden, which is something in itself to see.

Visited June 2013
7 Thank TennesseeFlash
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