From Lookout Mountain to the Valley Below

New in the Park Visitor Center at Chickamauga Battlefield is a 20-minute film called, “From Lookout Mountain to the Valley Below: Our National Park.” Admission is free, and showings are scheduled for 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM daily.


The film is also available for outreach to middle and high schools as a pre-visit program, and to schools and civic groups interested simply in having an enrichment program that focuses on Chickamauga and Chattanooga. Outreach includes discussion materials, and can be arranged by contacting Kim Coons at (423) 752-5213, ext. 139 or

The new documentary was created as a companion piece to Ken Burns 2009 series, “America’s Best Idea: The National Parks.” Produced by WTCI, Chattanooga’s regional PBS affiliate with funding arranged by the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, the local film tells the story of America’s oldest historic national park and first national military park. The presentation originally aired on WTCI last September along with Burns’ series, and is being re-aired by the station periodically.

“From Lookout Mountain to the Valley Below” weaves together stunning footage of Park landscapes around the region, historic images and monuments, interviews with Park staff, and the perspectives offered by local residents who grew up with the Park’s Civil War battlefields and Moccasin Bend as their “backyard.”


“The Friends were excited when the Park’s management asked us to help arrange for the creation of this film,” said Kay Parish, executive director of Friends of the Park. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take advantage of a nationwide focus on the National Park system.” Parish said that the Friends were able to help identify resources for the film’s production crew and bring together a group of generous corporate underwriters that includes:

Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC/Morning Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Care

Barnett & Company

Eastern National

National Parks Conservation Association

The project was close to the Friends’ hearts for more than a year. “To us, with our passion for helping people better understand and appreciate Chickamauga and Chattanooga,” noted Parish, “it was a way to create something that can be used in many ways, in many places, and with many audiences to ignite curiosity about our community’s incredible ‘national treasure.’ The film showcases some important things about the Park and it shows how beautiful it is in all its unique parts. It shows real people talking about how much they value it.”


To preview the film online, visit and scroll down the local programming page to the “From Lookout Mountain to the Valley Below” section.