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Rock City Gardens, Lookout Mountain

Categories: Geologic Formations, Gardens, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 550+ 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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  • We visited with our children, ages 9, 8 and 6. The kids love all of the rocks formations and the views are amazing. This is a must do if you are visiting Chattanooga. It is truly a beautiful experienc...  read more »
  • This was a forgotten gem. We have been several times over the years, and since it had been a while I had forgotten how much I did like this site. Even though it requires a lot of walking, it is full o...  read more »
  • This was a sacred Native American site that I as a Native American could feel and it was turned into a nationally acclaimed Garden in 1932. We went not knowing what to expect because it was the "end o...  read more »
  • Gorgeous views! Yes, the "exhibits" with the gnomes are a little cheesy, but if you ignore the gnomes and just enjoy the beauty of the views and the different rock formations, you will have an awesome time. Make sure you plan to spend a lot of time here in order to see everything and wear comfortable shoes. We toured the park and then stopped to eat at the burger place on our way out. The burger was really good. I think it was homemade, but it definitely wasn't that processed meat patty you would expect. The price was pretty reasonable too, at 8 bucks for a small combo. I can't wait to go back!
  • Great place to visit. We went during the summer. It was a very warm day. Majority of the gardens were in shade or under ground so it wasn't bad. Bring your camera! Lots of good places for photos.
  • This was pretty cool! Walking through the rocks was fun but the lookout was the best part. I'm not too convinced that even on a clear day you can see into Virginia or Kentucky but it was still neat. The Fairyland room looks like something from an acid trip. There were some annoying kids during the beginning but they stopped by a pavilion and we continued on. They do military discounts as well. I think it was 20% if I remember right.
  • When I was a kid I remember going on road trips and my dad getting mad because us kids just had to visit a tourist trap. Apparently wasting money on a tourist trap is a rite of passage for parents, and today I joined the club. 90 bucks for my family of 5 to see what would be free at a national forest and not filled with garden gnomes and crappy new age music piped through speakers poorly disguised as rocks. Power cables and trash all over the place. The waterfall is fake! The rock formations are beautiful and would be even more impressive on their own without the fakery thrown in. Lame.
  • Everything about our visit to rock city was special. The trail is well put together, clean as in no spiderwebs, and it is evident that the management takes good care and has pride in their Park. The views from the top or amazing and they have live music and a cafe to catch your breath. Not only was it nice for my daughter and I, but I would invite family members from other states the next time they come to visit us.
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