Lookout Mountain is located at the northwest corner of the U.S. state of Georgia, the northeast corner of Alabama, and along the southern border of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Lookout Mountain was the scene of the "Last Battle of the Cherokees" during the Nickajack Expedition during the 18th century, as well as the November 24, 1863 Battle of Lookout Mountain during the American Civil War.
Northern and eastern slopes and summit
Lookout Mountain, along with Sand Mountain to the northwest, makes up a large portion of the southernmost end of the Cumberland Plateau. The summit, called "High Point", is located just east of Thompsonville in Walker County, Georgia, and has an elevation of 2,392 feet (729 m) above sea level. The foothills of the mountain extend into Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
Near Chattanooga, the caves of Ruby Falls are contained within Lookout Mountain, and the rock formations of the "City of Rocks" (or Rock City) attraction are situated on the ridge. This area is home to the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway also. The mountain is the site of Covenant College and a hang gliding school. Lookout Mountain is one of the Chattanooga area's most visited tourist attractions. Civil War-related landmarks include "Point Park," operated by the National Park Service, and the Cravens House.
Southern and western slopes
The south-western part of Lookout Mountain is situated within Alabama. The Little River, in Little River Canyon on the mountain, is the longest mountaintop river and the only river that begins and ends entirely on top of a mountain. The river is noted for its white water sports, and theDeSoto Falls in DeSoto State Park.
Cherokee Rock Village, a rock-climbing center in western Cherokee County, features climbs for beginner status to expert, and offers views of the Coosa River Basin.
The Noccalula Falls Park featuring a pioneer village showcasing several nineteenth century homes, is located at the southern terminus of Lookout Mountain, near Gadsden, Alabama. Local legend claims that the 90 foot falls' namesake, Noccalula, jumped to her death because she could not marry the man she loved.
From the "Rock City" it is said that seven U.S. states can be seen: Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. In reality, on very clear days, some mountains in the Knoxville area of Tennessee can be seen at a distance of about 100 miles, but the curvature of the Earth's surface lowers anything in Kentucky, South Carolina or Virginia to below the horizon.