Explore the Gateway to Georgia

Catoosa County and the cities of Ringgold and Ft. Oglethorpe are great places to enjoy momentous history, thrilling amusements, one-of-a-kind shopping and authentic local flavors.

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Outdoor Fun

Catoosa County Recreation Department

One of the largest Catoosa County recreation facilities is the state-of-the-art Jack Mattox Recreation Complex in Ringgold, which features seven lighted ball fields, a 9-hole disc golf course, a 1.2-mile paved walking track with boardwalks and a wetland area.

TheElsie A. Holmes Nature Park , also in Ringgold,

is another outstanding property of the Catoosa County Recreation Department. The park includes more than two miles of hiking/walking trails through a hardwood forest and wooded creek bottom land filled with wildflowers. There is also a trail on the ridge that is accessible for strollers and those with disabilities.

Chickamauga Battlefield

Not only is Chickamauga Battlefield a place to immerse yourself in history, but it’s also a perfect setting for many outdoor activities. Visitors can hike, bike, walk, jog, horseback ride, or walk pets on more than 60 miles of trails in the national military park.

Highway 27

Even before the opening of I-75, Catoosa County has been the “Gateway to Georgia,” since it is also the starting point for the Georgia portion of U.S. Highway 27, a north-south route that stretches from Indiana south through Florida. This is the ideal route for getting off the beaten path and exploring Catoosa County and Northwest Georgia.

Georgia Winery

Georgia’s First Farm Winery is in Ringgold, offering tastings anytime during operating hours and tours by reservation on Saturdays.

Civil War & Military History

Annual Events & Festivals

Event Date(s) City
1890s Days Friday & Saturday on Memorial Day Weekend Ringgold
Dixie Highway Yard Sale First weekend in June Ringgold
Catoosa Farmers' Market Saturdays in June - August Ringgold
Patriotism at The Post July 3rd Fort Oglethorpe
Labor Day in the Streets Labor Day Fort Oglethorpe
Catoosa County Fall Festival 1st Saturday in October Ringgold
Haunted Depot October Ringgold
Ringgold Opry Second Saturday each month except October and December - Starts at 7 p.m. Ringgold
Sacred Sounds Fridays Second Friday of each month except for October and December - Starts at 7:30 p.m. Ringgold
Downhome Christmas Parade First Friday in December Ringgold
Christmas Parade First Saturday in December Fort Oglethorpe