In today’s epic micro adventure, “The World’s Steepest Incline Railway – Epic ride from bottom to top!” I find myself riding America’s Most Amazing Mile on the Chattanooga Lookout Mountain Incline Railway!
The Chattanooga Lookout Mountain Incline Railway is located as you can guess in Chattanooga, Tennessee. And today I ride the World’s Steepest Incline Railway, known as the Chattanooga Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, form the bottom to the top!
According to ridetheincline.com:
The first Incline up Lookout Mountain opened in 1887. It ran from the 38th Street area in St. Elmo to just below the Point. The second Incline, engineered by John Crass, opened November 16, 1895, and is the Incline that is still in operation today. The success of the second Incline was the primary reason that the first Incline closed in 1899.
Lookout Mountain has been a popular tourist destination in Tennessee and Georgia for centuries. Over the years, several businessmen have built hotels on the mountain to allow visitors to experience its attractions and breathtaking views.
According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lookout_Mountain_Incline_Railway:
The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway is a 4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge inclined plane funicular railway leading to the top of Lookout Mountain from the historic St. Elmo neighborhood of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Passengers are transported from St. Elmo’s Station at the base, to Point Park at the mountain summit, which overlooks the city and the Tennessee River. It is just a short drive to three of Chattanooga’s main tourist attractions, Ruby Falls, Cavern Castle, and Rock City. The railway is approximately one mile (1.6 km) in length (single-track except for a short two-track passing loop at the midway point, allowing operation of two cars at one time). It has a maximum grade of 72.7%, making it one of the world’s steepest passenger railways. It obtained Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark status in 1991. The cable system for the cars was made by the Otis Elevator Company.
I think that the Chattanooga Lookout Mountain Incline Railway is a must do micro adventure for any family! Because the Chattanooga Lookout Mountain Incline Railway is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, it’s within an easy day drive for many in the Southeast.