Lookout Mountain rises 1,700 feet above the Tennessee Valley, its steep sides protruding to the sky. On the northern end the mountain is surrounded on three sides by a near vertical rock wall that has afforded protection to the occupants of the top for hundreds of years. The mountain is known for a weather phenomenon that occurs from 3-5 times a year. A layer of fog forms around the bottom of the Mountain then begins to rise, sometimes engulfing the entire mountain. This rising fog has been written about since the first settlers visited the area before 1735. On November 24, 1863 this weather situation set in, just as Union forces were closing in on the city Of Chattanooga nearby set up what would be known as the Battle of Lookout Mountain or more famously known as The Battle Above the Clouds.
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