As you approach Chattanooga, Tennessee from any direction, billboards, birdhouses, and barns exclaim, “See Rock City!” And you should. This magical outdoor experience is a great adventure for families. The beautiful gardens, spectacular views, and natural wonders capture the imagination of both young and old.
Discovered by missionaries who went to minister to the Native Americans living on Lookout Mountain, this location was notable for its large boulders and narrow passageways between the rocks. Today Rock City features an easy-to-hike trail that leads through 14 acres of gardens, boulder passages, and rock caves decorated with a fairytale theme.
We stopped at Rock City while on a road trip with our cousins. All seven children with us loved this place. One of the most stunning views is from Lover’s Leap. Legend has it that a Native American was thrown from this point for being in love with a woman from another tribe. Despite this morbid tale, the view itself is breathtaking.
On a clear day, you can see seven states from the top of Lover’s Leap. Rock City is located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, but only half a mile from Tennessee. A sign points in the direction of Mt. Pinnacle (on the Kentucky/Virginia state line), the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, South Carolina is 80 miles away, and Alabama is even closer (a mere 25 miles away). This was a great way to sneak in a geography lesson for the kids.
Along your hike you will see the High Falls, a 1,000 ton balanced rock, swinging bridges, and well-labeled gardens. Rock City also has special events in the fall and during the holidays.
This is one of those places that Luke cannot wait to return to. He talks about it often and remembers details I was sure he would have forgotten.
Rock City is open year round, but times vary depending on the season. General admission tickets cost $19.95 for adults and $11.95 for children (ages 3-12). You can also buy tickets in combination with other attractions in the area – the Incline Railroad and Ruby Falls.