Introduction to La Fayette, Georgia

La Fayette, Georgia, in Walker county, is 24 miles S of Chattanooga, Tennessee and 83 miles NW of Atlanta, Georgia. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Chattanooga metropolitan area with.

La Fayette History

La Fayette is the county seat of Walker County. Nicknamed the Queen City of the Highlands, it boasts of a rich Native American, African American and Civil War historical tradition. The county was established in 1835 and named after former U.S. Senator Freeman Walker. The city was renamed after the Marquis de La Fayette in 1836.

La Fayette and nearby Attractions

  • Little River Canyon National Preserve
  • Crown Gardens and Archives
  • Sequoyah Caverns
  • Cloudland Canyon State Park

Things To Do In La Fayette

Local parks include the Cloudland Canyon State Park, the De Soto State Park and the James H. Floyd State Park. The Crown Gardens and Archives have a number of Civil War artifacts on display. Other nearby museums and historical sites include the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and the Red Clay State Historical Park. The city hosts the La Fayette Freedom Festival every June.

La Fayette Transportation

Atlanta International is the nearest major airport.

La Fayette Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Church of God Theological Seminary and Cleveland State Community College.

La Fayette Almanac

County Walker County
Standard Zip Codes30728
Phone Area Codes706
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude34.7
Approximate Longitude-85.28

La Fayette Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance6 miles
Jan Temp29 to 48 F
Apr Temp43 to 71 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp46 to 72 F
Annual Precip58.3 inches
Distance19.1 miles
Jan Temp30 to 49 F
Apr Temp47 to 72 F
Jul Temp69 to 89 F
Oct Temp49 to 73 F
Annual Precip56.5 inches
Distance35.4 miles
Jan Temp28 to 48 F
Apr Temp44 to 72 F
Jul Temp66 to 89 F
Oct Temp46 to 72 F
Annual Precip62.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fort Oglethorpe9,852$55,101
Tunnel Hill1,317$53,438

La Fayette Public Schools

Gilbert Elementary School
87 S Burnt Mill Rd
ZIP: 30728
(706) 638-2432
Total Enrollment 509
Lafayette High School
5178 Round Pond Rd
ZIP: 30728
(706) 638-2342
Total Enrollment 1206
Lafayette Middle School
419 Roadrunner Blvd
ZIP: 30728
(706) 638-6440
Total Enrollment 665
Naomi Elementary School
4038 E Highway 136
ZIP: 30728
(706) 638-2443
Total Enrollment 416
North Lafayette Elementary School
610 N Duke St
ZIP: 30728
(706) 638-1869
Total Enrollment 525
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