As the National Park Service launches into its second century of preserving special places across the United States, the time has never been better to explore new facets of the national parks and to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates. Come explore Signal Point, and see it in a new way as you watch living historians demonstrate what it was like to send and receive messages from Signal Point during the Civil War. You can also participate in hikes led by park rangers from the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail and talk with historians about the addition of Signal Point to the national military park in the late 1940s.
Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail park rangers will lead three hikes from Signal Point. Registration is required and will be taken on-site the day of the event. There is a 20 person maximum on each hike. Please bring a bottle of water, wear good hiking shoes and wear weather-appropriate clothing.
- View to View Hike: Leaving from Signal Point at 10 a.m. Enjoy a Ranger led hike from Signal Point to Edwards Point and learn the history of the Cumberland Trail and take in two of the best views the trail and Chattanooga has to offer. This will be an 8-mile hike with changing elevation and requiring 3 to 4 hours.
- Kids Hike: At Signal Point at 11 a.m. This will be an easy hike centered on introducing kids to the many wonders that can be found in your local national and state parks as well as your own back yard. This hike will not leave the point area and will be led by veteran Park Manager Bobby Fulcher, a 40-year veteran of state parks and interpreter extraordinaire.
- Point to Creek Hike: Leaving Signal Point at 1 p.m. Enjoy a 3-mile ranger-led hike from Signal Point down to Middle Creek and Rainbow Falls. Learn the history of the Cumberland Trail and hike down to Middle Creek and the falls.
Be sure to collect a special commemorative giveaway—available while supplies last! This event was made possible with the support of the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at (423) 821-7786, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch