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Rock City Gardens, Lookout Mountain

(4.6/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Soak up a panoramic view of seven states and a waterfall from Lover's Leap, one of the lookout points at Rock City Gardens. Walk among massive ancient rock formations and more than 161 hectares (400 acres) of plant and animal life to reach the lookout point. Travel carefully along the Swing-A-Long Bridge, a suspension bridge providing a view of the Chattanooga Valley. The Fairy Tale Kingdom exhibit at the end of the garden tour showcases hundreds of fairy tale characters, like Cinderella and Mother Goose, inside the rocks by shining lights on them. Parking is free at this facility, and all tours are self-guided. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Lookout Mountain holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Rock City Gardens and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is really an amazing place. It is NOT a little tourist trap attraction. It is a fantastic place to visit. Beautiful, paths through the rocks --bridges, views, caves....just fantastic. Great for a...  more »
  • This venue hasn't changed much since I first visited in 1974. The rock formations are amazing....two main trails to choose from. One thing I forgot is that it is NOT for people with any kind of mobili...  more »
  • I went with my mother and 4 year old. It was off season so some of the attractions like gem mining were closed, but the scenery was amazing despite that. I will recommend rock city and the aquarium as...  more »
  • Beautiful!! I love the trail leading up to the wonderful view at Look out mountain. There is a decent amount of walking, steps, and tight spaces, but it is all a part of the experience (I just don't recommend it for someone who is claustrophobic. The view is breathtaking once you make it to the different observation decks! Totally worth the admission fee! My husband and I loved the scenery and the exercise!
  • Fantastic overall experience. The landscape is beautiful, the pathway is awesome, very different from anything that I have experienced before this trip. There are several neat points where you have to walk sideways to get in between two giant rocks. I would say most people can squeeze through however (I am 6'3" 250+) and I managed to get through just fine. A few neat bridges to walk over and the waterfall is fantastic. A+
  • Love this place! The views are beyond spectacular and the annual pass is a great value. I do wish the cafe with the overlook view was open past 4pm. Also it might be a nice to post warnings about "claustrophobic" areas because there are some VERY tight squeezes. This is a great place to visit with the whole family and there are special events year round.
  • Beautiful grounds! Great way to spend a day! While it says there is a "wheelchair accessible path" the one that is, is very narrow in places and difficult to navigate at times. Keep that in mind if you visit. Very few people even used strollers because of the paths.
  • My two children, my mom, and I drove over from our vacation in NC to go to the Rock City Gardens. It's a really neat and unique place. I really wished we could have enjoyed it. About a third of the way in, my little boy had to go to the bathroom. The pavilion with the restrooms was closed, and we searched desperately for a bathroom before my son wet himself. The only bathrooms were back at entrance. I cannot believe they think that's acceptable. They should at least put portable restrooms in until the pavilion and associated restrooms are functioning again. That just ruined our trip.