The Ringgold Visitor Center located inside the Ringgold Depot is currently closed.
However, the Ringgold Depot is available for special events by reservation only. Please stay tuned for the latest updates on its progress and if you have any questions please call:
The Historic Commercial District
Welcome to the heart of our home town when you come to the Historic Commercial District in Downtown Ringgold, GA. On Nashville Street or 41 Highway also known as "The Dixie Highway," this historic block represents the very beginning of the growth of our City. Wonderful historic buildings from the mid 1800's and early 1900's house a great collection of shopping, restaurants, and a variety of services for any visitor. Come down and see for yourself where all the exciting activity is taking place in Ringgold, GA.
The Ringgold Depot
The Historic Ringgold Train Depot is the cornerstone of Ringgold's rich history. Built in 1849 the Depot is now our city's premier event rental and community center. Every year we host thousands of people to come through the Depot for weddings, parties, plays, musical performances, pageants, meetings and more. The facility offers seating for up to 200 guests and offers a stage with professional sound and lighting equipment or any performance. Areas for smaller gatherings, serving areas for food and a great rustic look are just some of the great things in store for your event at the Depot. Call 706-935-3061 to find out how to rent the facility or check out the rest of our website for details on public events.
Ringgold City Hall
The business of growing our beautiful city is run out of a gorgeously designed Georgian Style building on Tennessee Street at the Ringgold City Hall. Hosting the meeting place of our City Mayor and Council, the Ringgold City Hall replaced the former municipal office in 1999. For information on the city, assistance from the Ringgold City Police Department, or to apply for a variety of city services, come to 150 Tennessee Street and enjoy our down home customer service. For information on City Hall, contact 706-935-3061
The Ringgold Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) recently unveiled the first in a series of historical narrative tablets that highlight the unique wedding history of Ringgold. The first marker highlights the Ringgold Wedding Chapel - the former Ringgold Methodist Church. Among the list of celebrities who married there is former Louisiana Governor and Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmie Davis to legendary Gospel Hall of Fame member Anna Carter Gordon of the Chuck Wagon Gang. The second tablet highlights the unique history of the location Dolly Parton chose to marry at the First Baptist Church of Ringgold. These markers can be viewed along Nashville Street in Downtown Ringgold.
Ringgold Recreational Complex
Getting outdoors is a year-round fact of life in Ringgold which is why we offer everyone a chance to get out and enjoy the Ringgold Recreation Complex. Featuring ball fields, soccer fields, running tracks, and our brand new Canoe & Kayak launch along the bank of South Chickamauga Creek, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Just off of Emberson Drive behind the Martha Denton Pool and the newly renovated Patriot Hall, the Ringgold Recreational Complex hosts some of our favorite annual events, from races to tournaments and more!
Enjoy a relaxing walk along Chickamauga Creek in Downtown Historic Ringgold. This newly constructed walk connects the Highway Commercial district to the Historic Downtown district. The walk is parallel with Lafayette Street (Old Federal Road) and crosses the Old Federal Bridge. The Creek Walk offers residents and visitors alike a peaceful area to enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking, dog walking, or jogging. The Creek Walk offers benches at regular intervals and has been extended to connect with downtown sidewalks and to the new Clark Park green space on Robin Road. This Creek Walk serves as a great link between the activity of downtown and our peaceful natural surroundings.
Martha Denton Swimming Pool
The Martha Denton Swimming Pool, located at 406 Cotter Street, is open every summer and provides a safe and enjoyable recreational activity for all ages. Family summer passes are available, and the pool may be reserved for special evening activities. The pool is open Memorial Day-Labor Day.
Admission prices: 0-2 years old is Free, 3 & up $3. Season passes are available: Family - $125, Individual - $60.
Swim Lessons: $30 for four-30 minutes sessions (Mon-Thurs 10-12)
2 children per instructor
Pool Party Rental: $50 per hour. Times available for parties are Mon-Thurs 7-10, Fri & Sun 5-10, Sat 9-12. There is a $50 non-refundable deposit
Birthday Party Packages: $75 includes tablecloths, plates, cups, napkins, cutlery, 4 pizzas & drinks of choice (15 kids). The $75 does not include pool rental. Typical 2-hour party with package is $175.
Operating hours for the summer: Monday through Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Little General Children's Park
This lovely little park, located at 15 Cleveland Street, is geared toward children. The kids can enjoy coil rides, climbing, sliding, small children and infant swings and a toy locomotive to climb in. There are several small picnic pavilions. There is one large pavilion that is available for rental with two rental slots: 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Each time slot requires a $50.00 deposit of which $25.00 is kept and $25.00 may be refunded if the area is cleaned properly.
The Park hours are from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Chief Richard Taylor Nature Trail
The one and a half mile walk winds along beside South Chickamauga Creek where you go in and around large hardwoods and pass through a large beaver pond. As you get in the heart of the historic Ringgold Gap you witness a beautiful waterfall. The Ringgold Convention and Visitors Bureau recently dedicated the Trail and a historical interpretive marker to Chief Richard Taylor, who was a chieftain of the Cherokee people who lived in Ringgold until the forceful removal in the 1830's known as "The Trail of Tears."
Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne Monument
In 2009, the Ringgold Telephone Company and the City of Ringgold hosted a festival to honor the brave actions of Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne during the defense of the city of Ringgold during the Civil War. In November of 1863, Cleburne hastily brought together 4,100 Confederate soldiers who had recently suffered a crushing defeat in Chattanooga and successfully defended the mountain pass at Ringgold Gap from the assault of over 20,000 Union soldiers. Revered by both Confederate and Union forces alike, Patrick Cleburne was known for tenacity and ingenuity as well as controversial suggestion to the Confederacy that any slaves willing to help fight in the war should be given their freedom. In his honor, a statue was erected on U.S. 41 Highway just east of downtown Ringgold to commemorate the Battle of Ringgold Gap and the beginning of the Atlanta Campaign.
The General Locomotive Chase Monument
Approximately 1 mile north of the Ringgold Depot on the former Western & Atlantic Rail line, a monument marks the final stop of the great Locomotive Chase that began in April of 1862. A group of Union soldiers called "Andrew's Raiders" hijacked a Confederate train and attempted to destroy the rebel rail network across northwest Georgia. After running out of steam, the train engine came to a stop just north of Ringgold where the Union soldiers attempted to escape the now pursuing locals. For their actions, some of the surviving members of Andrew's Raiders were awarded the then newly created, Medal of Honor.
Elsie A. Holmes Nature Park
Only four miles from Downtown Ringgold off of Ooltewah Ringgold Road is the beautiful Elise A. Holmes Nature Park that provides visitors a place of recreation that includes over two miles of hiking/walking trails ( one trail is accessible for strollers and the disabled), fishing, picnics, or just a quiet place to enjoy nature. The 1,500 square foot screened-in pavilion can be reserved for groups, and the park staff is available to speak or give guided tours on a prearanged basis.
Address: 88 Ben Holmes Rd, Ringgold, GA, 30736, (706) 891-4199
Houston Valley OHV Area
A quick 15 minute drive from Exit 348 in the heart of Ringgold will transport you to one of the most exhilarating attractions in Georgia. The Houston Valley OHV Area (Off Highway Vehicle) is the largest system of OHV trails in the state at over 25 miles. Nestled in the beautifully preserved West Conasauga District of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest you can ride a variety of off-road vehicles with the purchase of either a day pass or annual membership. With trails for beginners and experts, any avid outdoorsman will enjoy a ride on these trails.
Access: Call 706-965-6736 to confirm trail access after inclement weather.
Address: Take Alabama Highway 7 Miles south of Exit 348. At the end of Caperhart Road off of East Nickajack Rd / Houston Valley Rd.
For more information and maps go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/conf/recarea/?recid=10468
On the border of Tennessee and Georgia sits the famous clay track that has hosted some of NASCAR's legendary figures. Opened in 1952 by E.A. Boyd, this arena of motor sport competition is one of the most exciting destinations in Catoosa County. Running Steelhead Late Models, Crate Late Models, A-Hobby, B-Hobby and Front Runners, this is a great place to bring the family to see how the many of the world's greatest racers can get their start out on the southern red-clay tracks.
Address: 1481 Scruggs Rd, Ringgold GA 30736
For more information and a calendar of events go to: http://www.boydsspeedway.net/about/
New Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip
Originally located in Tennessee, the Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip opened in Catoosa County in 1964. This 1/8th mile course offers the most heart-pounding, ear blasting, piston-powered fun of anywhere in the Chattanooga area. The track has undergone major renovations to accommodate the tremendously powerful vehicles running trials on the asphalt. From hot-rods to dragsters and more: check out the raw power of these awesome machines.
Address: 745 Scruggs Rd, Ringgold GA 30736
For more information and a calendar of events go to: http://www.newbrainerdoptimistdragstrip.com/index.html
Chattanooga Motocross is a family oriented facility where all age groups and skill levels are welcome. There is both a main track 0.7 miles long and a pewee track for younger riders. The track is built to safely challenge riders of all ages and skill levels and the jumps are forgiving.
Hours: Organized practice Wednesdays 6 PM - 10 PM weather permitting.
Fees: $20 large bikes
$15 smaller bikes
For more information visit: http://www.outdoortrackandtrail.com/Statepages/GA/ga09010.htm
Established in 1983, Georgia Winery is a family owned and operated facility producing award-winning fine wines. Specializing in capturing the fresh flavor of the fruit results in unique wines that explode with flavor and tantalizes taste buds across the nation.
Winery and Tasting Room
6469 Battlefield Pkwy.
Ringgold, GA 30736
For more information visit the Georgia Winery at http://www.georgiawines.com/About-Us
The 55-acre Jack Mattox Recreation Complex opened in 1999 and was named after the county's first recreation director. The Complex has seven lighted ball fields, a walking track, and a fishing pond. There are three Recreation Associations (Boynton, Ringgold and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe) located throughout Catoosa County. These Associations facilitate and promote a variety of athletic programs and leisure based activities. Allocated S-P-L-O-S-T revenues continue to be used for park grounds and new fields for baseball, soccer, and football.
Address: 749 Pine Grove Road, Ringgold, GA , 30736, (706) 891-4199
Web site: catoosarec.com
Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park
Located south of Ringgold on US 27 Battles set the stage for Union's 1864 invasion of Georgia. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the nation’s first, was created in 1890 to preserve and commemorate these battlefields and allow visitors a first-hand look into the gateway of the deep south. The military park houses both the Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain Battlefields and offers major points of history and interest to people of all ages. The Chickamauga Battlefield has a driving tour and hiking trails with many monuments and historical landmarks to see along the way. Visitors to Lookout Mountain Battlefield will experience Point Park and scenic vistas.
Address: P.O. Box 2128, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia 30742, (706) 866-9241
6th Calvary Museum
The 6th Cavalry Museum preserves the rich military history of the “Fighting Sixth” Cavalry, stationed at The Post at Fort Oglethorpe 1919 – 1942.
The story of the 6th Cavalry is an illustrious one, beginning in 1861 as a U.S. Cavalry Regiment.
Located on the Post’s original parade ground – polo field, the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
Address: 2 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742, (706) 861-2860
1925 saw the founding of Lake Winnepesaukah (Lake Winnie to locals), home of the Cannonball, Chattanooga's premier wooden roller coaster. The park features rides for all ages and a recently opened water park, Lake Winnepe-soak-ya.
Hours: Vary by month, check below for current schedule and further information.
The Tennessee Aquarium hosts a large fresh-water exhibit following the path of raindrop in the Appalachian Mountains down to the Gulf of Mexico, taking visitors through three different living-forest exhibits along the way. The aquarium was the largest freshwater aquarium in the world when it was built in 1992. Since then a salt-water exhibit has been added with interactive features such as a shark and ray touch tank. The aquarium is active in ongoing conservation efforts.
Ticket Information: Adult ticket $26.95 Child (3-12) $16.95 Under 3 Free
More information can be found at: http://www.tnaqua.org/
Located atop Lookout Mountain in Georgia, just six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, Rock City Gardens is an enchanted, 4,100-foot walking trail showcasing soaring rock formations, caves, and lush gardens. Nearly a half million people from all over the world visit this natural attraction each year.
Hours vary by season, current hours: 8:30am – 6:00pm
More information: http://www.seerockcity.com/plan-your-visit/
Located over 1120 feet beneath the surface, Ruby Falls is the nation’s largest and deepest waterfall open to the public. Hundreds of gallons of water rush over by the minute and amaze visitors.
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