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Rock City Gardens, Lookout Mountain

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#6 of 71 in Nature in Georgia
Geologic Formation Garden
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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  • Lots of beautiful walkways through and in the rock formations. The drIve up the winding road of Lookout Mountain is worth it to access these views and huge waterfall. The Fairytale cavern left me with...  more »
  • This place was great...they say you can see 7 states from the top of Lookout Mountain. We walked the gardens and even took in some of the activities, geared toward my daughter. We also had lunch. I wo...  more »
  • My son (13) and I visited on Friday June 2. We really enjoyed our time together here. The rock formations and waterfalls were pretty. We enjoyed Fairyland Caverns. The Cafe 7 located at the top was di...  more »
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  • The gardens are absolutely beautiful. We showed up at about 9am on a Monday and almost had the whole park to ourselves. It was nice and shaded with plenty of underground passages that were good places to cool off. One of my favorite parts of the park were the stone bridges and walkways everywhere. They always allowed great views of nature, which is really the highlight of the park for me. Lover's Leap is a great view too, but I absolutely loved the rabbit warren-like cave systems that the paths weave through. The park is dog friendly too!
  • One of the coolest places I have ever been! I loved walking around through the rocks. There is a lookout where you can see different states, flags posted behind you, &walk across a swinging bridge. There is also a cave area for the Fairy Gardens. The history (been around since 1920s I think) is pretty cool but visually this is amazing. In the rock walls are sections filled with scenes from famous fairy tales. Well worth stopping and looking into each cut out. There is a large area to walk around & see more scenes not in the walls. On site there are gift shops, fudge, wine, & some local crafts. If you're into gnomes, this is the place for you! If you wanna feel lost in a labyrinth of rocks, this is also totally for you! History buff, wanna see the states, come here.
  • A pretty pretty place of interest! I came there on the last day of 2016, and also the last day of the light show. Its routes are divided into several sections, with a theme to each one. Each one is gorgeous and full of imagination. The combination of natural scenery and artificial work can please visitors.As time was limited, I didn't visit all the sections. It was raining and my shoes were soaked with water, but I still enjoyed the attraction on the border of Tennessee and Georgia. As it was 10 pm when I was going to leave, and no taxi booking service I can use on the hill, I just asked for a couple to give me a ride. 🤗Thanks to their help, not only they took me down the hill, but also sent to the hotel I lived. I gave 5 dollar note to represent their great help as Abraham Lincoln is a great president, they accepted finally under my earnest request🙂
  • Get the passes if you can make it more than once a year! So worth it! :) the fairytale part of the city is so fun... And Christmas time is a sight worth taking the time to see. They light up everything and it is so much fun with all the activities. Be sure to get their specialty hot cocoa during Christmas time. The cherry cordial was amazing!
  • A one of a kind attraction! The place itself is breathtaking while also being perched on top of Lookout Mountain. You can casually enjoy natural beauty along with extensive and detailed decorations. I have returned here three times in my life and would gladly go again next time I travel to Chattanooga!