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Must stop in between Atlanta and Chattanooga!

I wasn't sure if we were going to stop at the Civil War Tunnel, but our day was pretty open so... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MrJonnyU
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Yonkers, New York
Worth the visit

My dad and I drove two hours to visit tunnel hill for his birthday and we both thoroughly enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
FHW_89
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

If you love history, this is a must see. The museum contains many interesting artifacts and explanation of an important historical event: the great locomotive chase and Sherman's March to the Sea. Tour guide did excellent job explaining the history.

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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Judy was an excellent tour guide! Getting to go thru the tunnel and hear all the amazing stories was very cool. Even saw a tiny snake on our tour! Definitely recommend doing the combo deal for $10 and you get to see everything!

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Very informative. We learned a lot. A great place to learn about history. Can't wait to take our family members.

Thank Chuck B
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

I used a Groupon to take this tour and got a great deal for 6 of us. Ron was our tour guide and on top of giving us tons of interesting stories and information, he was pretty hilarious. We went on a weekday when it wasn't busy and really enjoyed the afternoon. I don't know if you can make a reservation, but to me it's best when places like this aren't crowded and you can really take time to enjoy the little things.

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Reviewed 12 May 2017

What a fascinating spot to visit! The site includes both the 1,400+ foot long, Civil War-era railroad tunnel, which you can walk through, and a Civil War battlefield.

You start your visit at the small visitor center and museum. They offer a guided tour, which takes you by golf cart-type vehicle through the battlefield and then the tunnel. But when we asked if we could just tour on our own, they gave us what appears to be the script the tour guide uses and happily sent us on our way. You can drive the short distance from the visitor center to the tunnel entrance.

We got there an hour or so after it opened and had the tunnel all to ourselves. It was fascinating to talk through and see the construction of the tunnel up close. In some areas, where they were digging through solid rock, you can see the chisel marks they made, as they dug the tunnel out by hand. In other spots, there's beautiful stone and brick masonry. Be sure to read the tour guide info before you get into the tunnel, so you can better appreciate what you're looking at. TIP: Bring a flashlight! The tunnel is lit by motion activated lights. But not all of them work and some don't come on until you're right on top of them. You'll appreciate having a light you can control! And it allows you to better examine the tunnel as you go. (Be sure to note the large indentations spaced throughout the tunnel - they were created so that if someone was working or walking in the tunnel and a train came along you'd have a spot to jump into and get out of the way!)

Photo Tip: As you're walking through the tunnel, look on the walls ahead of you. Occasionally, the lights will create great shadows of you on the wall. I took a photo of the shadow of my husband and I - it's one of my favorite pixs from our trip!

They do not provide a map of the site, so it's easy to miss the rest of what the park has to offer, if you don't know what to look for. But, from the parking lot near the tunnel's entrance, if you look across the road, you'll see what appears to be a private drive way, with a "road closed" sign. You can't drive down it, but you can walk down the road (the guide at the visitor center told us where to go.) Go past the private home, and then off to your right you'll see a Civil War era home that was used as a base during what became the battle of Tunnel Hill. Out behind the house is a lovely rolling field, where the battle was actually fought. We chose not to tour the house, but it is open to the public. If you're up for a pretty hike, you can leave the front of the house and walk out across a field and creek, which will take you back to the visitor center.

You could really leave your call at the visitor center and walk the entire park on a nice day, but for those unable or uninterested in walking far, it's nice to be able to drive fairly close to the entrance of the tunnel. Note, the path is not paved and the gravel/dirt is uneven. (But the guided tour golf cart is always an option!)

For train enthusiasts, the small museum has some interesting railroad-related artifacts.

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