here if you have not seen it. This time I drove down the freeway from Nashville and just before Chattanooga took my usual detour via the Chattahoochee National Forest. There were many signs advertizing a county fair. Since it was still early on Sunday, we decided to have a look at the fair. It seems we drove a long way before arriving there. Below, top map, shows the route from Brentwood, below Nashville, to my usual turn before Chattanooga. The bottom map shows, in blue, the route to the fair and in maroon the route I usually use to get back to the I-75 freeway; so it was a big detour. (click on collage to enlarge.)
here to see it.) In 1836, the county seat town was named Lafayette, in honor of the French Marquis. One major tourist attraction in this county is Chickamauga Battlefield National Park, the oldest and largest military park in the US. We visited the park a couple of years ago and I still have to write a post on it. In 1863, during the Civil War, 34,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Battle of Chickamauga - it is considered the second bloodiest of the war. The back roads that took us to the fair were curvy, narrow and very picturesque. We were in a valley with mountains on both sides - Lookout Mountain, on the Tennessee side and Pigeon Mountain on the Georgia side. I wished to stop many times to take pictures but with the narrow roads it was not easy. There was an abundance of green color - no hint of fall coming yet.