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Northwest Georgia’s Candlelight Forest Opens in the Chattanooga Valley

Article Date 05/30/2017

A Simpler Times Resort Features Tree house Lodging, Modern and Nostalgic Amenities

Paddle boarding, Hammock Coves, Hiking Trails, Fishing, Canoeing, Family Treasure Hunts,

S’More Pit, FamCave (Game Tent), Badminton, Corn Hole and a Farmstand Country Store


CHICKAMAUGA, Ga., April 26, 2017 – Located on 200 acres of hardwood canopies, sun-splintered coves, mountain lakes and a meandering creek, Candlelight Forest is an idyllic getaway and ideal for friends, couples and families who enjoy the simple pleasure of the great outdoors. Located adjacent to famous Lookout Mountain and only minutes from downtown Chattanooga, the region’s newest resort is driving distance from neighboring cities - Atlanta, Birmingham and Nashville - and conveniently located to major destinations.

 “Candlelight Forest is a resort that harkens back to the simpler time of skipping stones, cane pole fishing, and catching fireflies,” explains John Tatum, owner of Candlelight Forest. “Magic for the soul, we are truly unique with something for everyone and a getaway for making memories.”

Reservations are open for summer 2017 and beyond. Day passes, weekly and weekend availability and rates at

Visitors to Candlelight Forest find inspiration in the magic that awaits and discover fun in life’s simple things.

Amenities at Candlelight Forest


·   Lake Angela: paddle boarding, canoeing, fishing

·   Hammock Cove: A canopied, hardwood cove with a communal library and hammocks perfect for quiet contemplation or an afternoon nap.

·   FamCave: A family-sized, historic Monarch tent is nestled among shade trees in Pic-Nic Park to gather and play board or card games anytime, day or night.

·   Letterboxing: Where the treasure hunt meets Geocaching meets orienteering; bring a trinket to hide for your family and we’ll put it in the letter box.

·   Pic-Nic Park: Enjoy badminton, corn hole and a perfect spot for a picnic followed by s’mores, guitar playing or storytelling around the fire pit.

·   Trails: Marked walking and hiking trails – canopied by the natural forest - that lead to a valley ridge overlooking the adjacent Cloudland Station private community.

·   Tree House Living: Sophie's Roost and Le Petite Chateau are charming, two-story tree homes available to rent. Each sleeps six with a queen bed nook downstairs and four twin bunks upstairs. The tree houses feature a signature Canopy Kitchenette on the outdoor back deck. The homes include a full bath on the first floor and a half bath on the second. Reservations required.

·   This Old House Accommodations: Candlelight Forest is home to the very first This Old House idea home. The bungalow sleeps eight and includes two master suites - one on the first floor, another on the second floor. Reservations required.

·   The Plucky Peacock: A farmstand and country store inspired by farmers and roadside fresh produce. Drawing from the charming architecture of This Old House, the Plucky Peacock features our very own Early Moon Farms providing snacks, sweets, beverages, s'mores essentials, local preserves, homemade condiments and more.


About Candlelight Forest

The mission of Candlelight Forest is to provide a beautiful and unforgettable outdoor experience for families, couples and friends. With unique overnight accommodations, Candlelight Forest is a perfect destination for romantics or families wanting to pause life’s pace. Creeks, lakes, and trails abound in a world where thoughtful amenities create a place to celebrate life’s simpler pleasures. Whether projecting a movie on a tree-hung sheet for a screen and a late-night s'mores pit, or spending a morning on an old-fashioned family treasure hunt, Candlelight Forest hearkens back to a time when people connected in a memorable way.

Candlelight Forest, 9862 Ga. Hwy 193, Chickamauga, Ga., is only minutes from downtown Chattanooga and central to the most visited nearby attractions including Rock City, Ruby Falls, Point Park, Cloudland Canyon State Park, and The Chickamauga National Battlefield.

Editor’s Note: Driving times to Candlelight Forest  -- 20 minutes from Chattanooga; 1 hour from Knoxville; 1 hour, 30 minutes from North Atlanta; 2 hours from Nashville; and 2 hours, 30 minutes from Birmingham.

Media Contact: Nancy Tao

404-472-6895, [email protected]

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