glimpse / 2011 / ga

The name Chickamauga conjures up images of a bloody battle in the 1860s.

LaFayette, a Georgia city about a 45-minute drive south of Chattanooga, offers visitors Civil War history, Southern small-town charm and mountainous surroundings.

Outdoor activities and movies under the stars are among good reasons to visit nearby Trenton, the county seat of Dade County.

Fort Oglethorpe's roots can be traced to 1898, when it was as an Army post during the Spanish-American War.

Before Ringgold, Ga., was incorporated, travelers heading through the community had to pass through the gap in the mountains known as Taylor's Crossroads -- the road owned by Cherokee Chief Richard Taylor.

Near the halfway point between Chattanooga and Atlanta rests the junction where shopping intersects with history.

Welcome to Cartersville, Ga.; it's not Atlanta. That's the slogan created in 1996 during the Atlanta Olympics to attract more business to the quaint town. It worked, said Ellen Archer, the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention and Visitors Bureau director.

Forget the stodgy name of Carpet Capital of the World. Local historians and tourism folks say Dalton's claim to fame lies in its history, enriched by Native American beginnings, Civil War battles and railroad lore.

From crisp apple pies to even crisper Appalachian autumns, Blue Ridge, Ga., is an outdoor enthusiast's treasure trove nestled in the heart of the picturesque mountains of Northeast Georgia.

In an area steeped in American Indian history, the puzzling mystery of a stone wall along the top of a mountain near Chatsworth, Ga., fascinates visitors and residents alike.

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