Rock City Gardens, Lookout Mountain

4.6
#9 of 94 in Nature in Georgia
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. Use our Lookout Mountain trip itinerary maker website to add Rock City Gardens and other attractions to your Lookout Mountain vacation plans.
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  • We visited on our way to florida. We had a great time and alot has changed since the last time we visited...It is greatly improved and a great place to visit  more »
  • Lived in the area for years and never went to Rock City. After going was sorry I had not before. Beautiful vistas and site! The gardens are immaculate and the history is pretty cool too. Go during the...  more »
  • East in reality more than a garden, is a trail designed between rocks that you walk it allows you to go discovering and imagining many new things. It has a beautiful waterfall, a suspension bridge and magnificent views across the Valley of the Tennessee River. Perfect for families with small children, adults or couples; at the end has a few caves and a model that will make very entertaining ride to the most small. It is a must-see for those who go to Chattanooga
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  • I always say I'm very lucky to live in Chattanooga! We have some of the most beautiful places on Earth Rock City being #1! How cool is it to see 7 states on a clear day!!! We come to Shamrock City every year. it's always fun and we love seeing the waterfall died green! I highly recommend visiting ROCK CITY 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟S FOR SURE
  • Very family-friendly. Folksy fun. Not aggressive hiking, alternatives for those afraid of heights and whimsical with the gnomes everywhere. Really enjoyed lookout point to see 7 states, and also thought the narrow passes between the boulders were very cool. Neat gardens with plant identification. Bottom line: affordable Americana.
  • I can't give a full review, because on the day I went, though Google told us otherwise, Rock City Gardens was closed. Possibly because of the dreary rainy weather, as we tried to visit Ruby Falls, (which is on the same mountain, just down a ways) and it was closed because of flooding. So we came the next day after everything was open again. We went through amazing Ruby Falls and then swung by here to visit. And was taken aback by the prices (over 20$ to enter) knowing that it was only a scenic garden with nature trails around. It looked like we were entering an amusement park. (I'm aware the entrance fee could include fairytale caverns, which in my opinion looked a little creepy and too geared to children for our taste). If there's a next time, we will buy the dual package of Ruby Falls and Rock City Gardens to see the amazing "7 state view". But if I absolutely had to choose the better attraction for my money, Ruby Falls would win again hands down.
  • Beautiful place with amazing views... You can spend hours enjoying this natural wonder. Every turn is something to be wowed by. The trails through the rock formations, the swinging bridge, the view of the waterfall, and the best mountaintop view of the area-see seven states! Wear good walking shoes!
  • We had a good time at Rock City while passing through Chattanooga. A little expensive but did have nice walking trails and great views. The waterfall has a very artificial color which takes away some from the natural beauty. Whether you can see 7 states is questionable but you can see very far on a clear day. Also the fairyland caverns are neat.
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