Catoosa County, “the Gateway to Georgia,” is located in the northwestern corner of the state and is just south of Chattanooga and East Ridge, TN. Its name may come from the Cherokee word for “obscure,” but a population of more than 66,000 residents (and growing) attests to the fact that it’s one of the best places to call home in the Greater Chattanooga area. Here’s why:
It’s Less Than Half an Hour Away from a Major Urban Center
Just 20 minutes away from Downtown Chattanooga via Interstate 75, the county offers the best of both worlds – all the conveniences of a thriving urban center plus the refreshing appeal of historic mountain towns.
Catoosa County is around two hours north of Atlanta (via the I-75) and east of Huntsville, AL (via US Route 72). Several major thoroughways also cut across the county, enabling easy access to various destinations in Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama.
The Tax Rates are Lower
Chattanooga residents often head to Catoosa County when they’re in a mood to shop due to the county’s lower sales tax – it’s 7% compared to the big city’s 9.25%. Not only do you get more bang for your buck here, you also enjoy the benefits of a strong and stable local economy, what with large retail companies are choosing to open their doors in the county.
Catoosa County residents benefit as well from Georgia’s relatively low total tax burden (ranked 19th out of the 50 states).
There’s an Abundance of Historic Charm
Catoosa County’s two main cities – Fort Oglethorpe and county seat Ringgold – are notable historic districts. Both locations feature various sites and landmarks commemorating important events in history. Highlights include:
- Chickamauga Battlefield – the oldest and largest military park in the United States
- The “General” Monument – commemorating the dramatic railroad chase that took place during the Civil War
- Ringgold Depot – one of the few remaining antebellum railroad depots in Georgia
- The Old Stone Church Museum – a former Presbyterian church built in 1849, the building was used as a hospital and stable during the Civil War era
You’ll Always Have Something to See and Do
Catoosa County offers plenty of unique local attractions and destinations, such as:
- Georgia Winery – Standing proud as a pioneer in the farm winery industry in the region, this family-owned and operated facility is the first and only winery in the Chattanooga, TN-GA area.
- Boyd’s Speedway – Hosting racing legends since 1952, this 1/3-mile oval track is the destination for speed thrills, NASCAR-style.
- Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park – “Lake Winnie” is a family-friendly destination that has been a local favorite for more than 90 years. Adding to its 40 fun rides, the park has recently expanded with the five-acre SOAKya Water Park in 2013.
- Elsie A. Holmes Nature Park – Owned and managed by the Catoosa County Recreation Department, the park is every outdoor lover’s destination of choice. The two miles of tree-shaded and wildflower-edged hiking/walking trails are a cool, revitalizing escape.
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