We still had some time after visiting Rock City, so we headed over to the Lookout Mountain Incline which is actually a funicular.

A funicular (besides being a fun word to say)  means that two cars are attached to the opposite ends of a cable so that they counter balance each other. While one is at the bottom, the other is at the top. The track is one rail – except for a split at the halfway point where they pass each other.

The Incline is a National Historic Site AND the steepest Incline in the world. At the top there is a 72.2% grade. Mostly, the Incline is used by tourists, but the locals have also use it when the roads are icy.

At the top you can see the Battlefield Memorial, but we didn’t do that because we needed to head for the church.


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