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Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

Train Excursions

The Incline Railway is a funicular railway system over a hundred years old! It's powered by two 100 horsepower winches developed by the Otis Elevator Company. The Incline Railway approximately one-mile long single track system, except for the passing loop in the middle, allowing both counter-balanced trains to operate at one time.

**The Incline Railway will close for repairs December 29, 2019, and reopen March 2020.**

The Incline’s trolley-style cars climb through the natural beauty surrounding historic Lookout Mountain straight up at a breathtaking 72.7% grade. It is one of the steepest passenger railways in the world. Enjoy the scenic views of the mountains and valleys from the observation windows on the train as well as the panoramic views from the observation tower at the Incline’s top station. The ride takes approximately 15 minutes.

While atop Lookout Mountain, be sure to visit its many attractions, including the Battles for Chattanooga Electric Map and Museum and Point Park, both part of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park system.

At the bottom Incline station in St. Elmo, visitors will find a great collection of unique shops, local restaurants and attractions, such as microbrewery tours, homemade candlemaking, unique coffee, indoor climbing wall, hand-dipped ice cream and nostalgic clothing.

Age Requirements for Excursion

No age requirements

Length of Excursion

Approximately one mile


Seasons and Times Excursion Departs

Open Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Adults: $15 round trip / Child (ages 3-12): $7 round trip / Children 2 and under ride free with a paying passenger

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