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FernWood Forest's Guidebook

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FernWood Forest's Guidebook

Sightseeing
Due to COVID please call to see if open.....
We love the walking bridge, Coolidge Park (See Coolidge Water Park below), and the arts district.
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Chattanooga
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We love the walking bridge, Coolidge Park (See Coolidge Water Park below), and the arts district.
Try both the rim trail and the trail down into the canyon to the waterfall.
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Cloudland Canyon State Park
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road
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Try both the rim trail and the trail down into the canyon to the waterfall.
The carpet capital....but also good restaurants and Civil War history. See George Disney Trail...
Dalton
The carpet capital....but also good restaurants and Civil War history. See George Disney Trail...
A nice hike to an ancient Indian built structure....
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Fort Mountain State Park
181 Fort Mountain State Park Road
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A nice hike to an ancient Indian built structure....
Wanna tour the Tennessee river in Chattanooga?
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Southern Belle Riverboat
151 Riverfront Parkway
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Wanna tour the Tennessee river in Chattanooga?
Great fishing, hiking, and boating on a large beautiful mountain lake.
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Carters Lake
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Great fishing, hiking, and boating on a large beautiful mountain lake.
And also Paradise Gardens....A spiritually beautiful and eclectic place!!
Howard Finster Vision House Museum
177 Greeson Street
And also Paradise Gardens....A spiritually beautiful and eclectic place!!
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Rock City
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Ever seen a catfish the size of small car? ....a snapping turtle bigger than a wheelbarrow? In Chattanooga this is a great place to take kids and adults with kid-sized hearts..
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Tennessee Aquarium
1 Broad Street
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Ever seen a catfish the size of small car? ....a snapping turtle bigger than a wheelbarrow? In Chattanooga this is a great place to take kids and adults with kid-sized hearts..
Try the 45-minute Crystal Palace cave expedition tour....
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Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Campground
319 W Hills Dr
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Try the 45-minute Crystal Palace cave expedition tour....
15 miles of trails among 140 species of marked and identified trees along beautiful Lookout Creek just to start.....
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Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center
400 Garden Road
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15 miles of trails among 140 species of marked and identified trees along beautiful Lookout Creek just to start.....
....and Audubon Acres. "Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better." (Albert Einsrein)
Maclellan Island
....and Audubon Acres. "Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better." (Albert Einsrein)
Cool waterfall and small lake for fishing...
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James H. Floyd State Park
2800 Sloppy Floyd Lake Rd
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Cool waterfall and small lake for fishing...
Hiking and Bouldering
RockTown.....Must have a GA Fishing, Hunting, or Land Use Pass....Great for a well marked kids trail and for bouldering. Also, See Pigeon Mountain below.
Rocktown
RockTown.....Must have a GA Fishing, Hunting, or Land Use Pass....Great for a well marked kids trail and for bouldering. Also, See Pigeon Mountain below.
See RockTown above and Pigeon Mountain Grill below...
Pigeon Mountain
See RockTown above and Pigeon Mountain Grill below...
Beautiful overlook that you can drive to and then hike if you want (see Keown Falls below)
Johns Mountain
Beautiful overlook that you can drive to and then hike if you want (see Keown Falls below)
Great hike and picnic area in Johns Mountain (can hike to Keown Falls from the Johns Mountain Overlook....see above)
Keown Falls
Great hike and picnic area in Johns Mountain (can hike to Keown Falls from the Johns Mountain Overlook....see above)
Fantastic waterfall and nice hike....Only open every other weekend and must purchase a car pass for $15 in advance.
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Lula Lake Land Trust
5000 Lula Lake Road
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Fantastic waterfall and nice hike....Only open every other weekend and must purchase a car pass for $15 in advance.
A really long trail (335 miles) that allows horses. This trail runs from near Dalton to central Alabama.
Pinhoti Trail
A really long trail (335 miles) that allows horses. This trail runs from near Dalton to central Alabama.
The "Most Difficult Short Trail in Georgia" but WORTH IT!!!!! Also, only minutes from the Home Depot and some good restaurants in downtown Dalton.
George W. Disney Trail
2403 Chattanooga Road
The "Most Difficult Short Trail in Georgia" but WORTH IT!!!!! Also, only minutes from the Home Depot and some good restaurants in downtown Dalton.
NOT for beginners but featuring Fantastic Pit 586 ft vertical drop in Ellison's Cave....the deepest cave drop in the continental U.S.
Pettijohn's Cave
NOT for beginners but featuring Fantastic Pit 586 ft vertical drop in Ellison's Cave....the deepest cave drop in the continental U.S.
A short easy boardwalk trail with wildflowers AND a nice waterfall!!! Note: The final hike up to the waterfall and grotto is a skilled path hike.
Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail
299 Pocket Road
A short easy boardwalk trail with wildflowers AND a nice waterfall!!! Note: The final hike up to the waterfall and grotto is a skilled path hike.
National Battlefields
Due to COVID please call to see if open.....Chickamauga and Resaca National Battlefields...24,000 calvary marched down our driveway May 7. 1864 on their way from Chickamauga to Resaca...
Visit a well preserved Civil War battlefield site....
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Chickamauga National Military Park
3370 Lafayette Road
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Visit a well preserved Civil War battlefield site....
May 13-15, 1864. Estimated casualties: 5,547 (2,747 Union, 2,800 Confederate). There are marked trails, bathrooms, and a picnic area.
Resaca Battlefield Historic Site
6 Georgia 136
May 13-15, 1864. Estimated casualties: 5,547 (2,747 Union, 2,800 Confederate). There are marked trails, bathrooms, and a picnic area.
In Dalton...part of the Civil War history in our neighborhood
Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel
215 Clisby Austin Drive
In Dalton...part of the Civil War history in our neighborhood
From the St Elmo Arts District to breathtaking...This 100+ year old railway played an important role in the Civil War.
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Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
827 East Brow Road
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From the St Elmo Arts District to breathtaking...This 100+ year old railway played an important role in the Civil War.
Food scene
Due to COVID please call to see if open..... Also, Kelly's Diner in Dalton has really good family style food but does not have a web site.
In Dalton....Super healthy but expensive
Cyra's - Simple Goodness
234 N Hamilton St
In Dalton....Super healthy but expensive
In Chattanooga, great vegan restaurant near Coolidge Park.
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Sluggo's North
505 Cherokee Boulevard
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In Chattanooga, great vegan restaurant near Coolidge Park.
In Chattanooga, not so healthy but good and cheap.
Choo Choo Bar-B-Que
7910 East Brainerd Road
In Chattanooga, not so healthy but good and cheap.
In Chattanooga, really good food, with moderately priced small plates
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Easy Bistro & Bar
203 Broad Street
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In Chattanooga, really good food, with moderately priced small plates
In Dalton, Good bbq and live music on Friday and Saturday nights
The Butcher's Market
3619A Cleveland Hwy
In Dalton, Good bbq and live music on Friday and Saturday nights
Great little eatery near Lafayette. After hiking the Shirley Miller Trail or Rocktown their specialties are amazing. Sit on the front porch looking at Pigeon Mountain across the meadow.
Pigeon Mountain Grill
18381 GA-193
Great little eatery near Lafayette. After hiking the Shirley Miller Trail or Rocktown their specialties are amazing. Sit on the front porch looking at Pigeon Mountain across the meadow.
While in Rome on weekdays...healthy little sandwich shop downtown....closes at 3pm
Sweet Pickles
434 Broad Street
While in Rome on weekdays...healthy little sandwich shop downtown....closes at 3pm
Chattanooga .... The best but also one of the most expensive restaurants in the entire area.... elegant beautiful modern setting
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St. John's Restaurant
1278 Market Street
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Chattanooga .... The best but also one of the most expensive restaurants in the entire area.... elegant beautiful modern setting
Extremely good Italian but at a very top end price.
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Alleia
25 East Main Street
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Extremely good Italian but at a very top end price.
In Dalton and now called Willies Burger & Chicken Shack....Good half pound burger and fries
Willie's Burger & Chicken Shack
301 W Emery St
In Dalton and now called Willies Burger & Chicken Shack....Good half pound burger and fries
In Chattanooga this is an inexpensive rib shack....
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The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe
4001 Saint Elmo Avenue
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In Chattanooga this is an inexpensive rib shack....
U-pick it farm
Due to COVID please call to see if open.....
Only 6 miles away is one of Georgia's best U-pick blueberry farms. Blueberries ripen in June and July.
The Blueberry Farm
1363 US Hwy 151
Only 6 miles away is one of Georgia's best U-pick blueberry farms. Blueberries ripen in June and July.
Strawberries ripen in June...
LCCL Strawberry Farm LLC
3743 Old Dalton Road Northeast
Strawberries ripen in June...
Fresh vegetables and fruits and plenty of activities for kids....
Payne Farm
204 Salem Rd SW
Fresh vegetables and fruits and plenty of activities for kids....
Ever eaten "wild" mushrooms??? Go pick out some unusual mushrooms to add to tonight's dinner..... Because of COVID these are only available at the (5829 Main St, Ooltewah, TN 37363 Tel. 423=-238-9775) Farmers Market every Thursday 3-6 pm.
2 Angels Mushroom Farm
5829 Main Street
Ever eaten "wild" mushrooms??? Go pick out some unusual mushrooms to add to tonight's dinner..... Because of COVID these are only available at the (5829 Main St, Ooltewah, TN 37363 Tel. 423=-238-9775) Farmers Market every Thursday 3-6 pm.
Historic Fair
Due to COVID please call to see if open.....
Country Fair 2nd week in October
Prater's Mill Historic Site
5845 Georgia 2
Country Fair 2nd week in October
Every Labor Day home to Georgia's oldest bluegrass Festival and food fest....also another bluegrass festival Memorial Day each year
Armuchee Music Park
899 Turkey Mountain Road
Every Labor Day home to Georgia's oldest bluegrass Festival and food fest....also another bluegrass festival Memorial Day each year
Horses and Riding
Due to COVID please call to see if open.....The area around our cabin is horseback heaven. Please see the Pinhoti Trail. We allow horseback riding on our driveway up to the top of Taylor's Ridge.
On the web look up Dry Creek Equestrian Trailhead. Great horseback riding trail with good trailer parking. See also Pinhoti Trail (above) for 300+ miles of horse trails.
Dry Creek Horse Parking
On the web look up Dry Creek Equestrian Trailhead. Great horseback riding trail with good trailer parking. See also Pinhoti Trail (above) for 300+ miles of horse trails.
One of the best Ferrier's in the United States.
Casey & Son Horseshoeing School
One of the best Ferrier's in the United States.