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Rock City Gardens, Chattanooga

Tennessee, TN, USA

Description

Rock City Gardens, in Georgia but very close to Chattanooga, is a short garden walk that leads to gorgeous views over the valley. It is part of the touristy conglomerate that includes Ruby Falls and the Incline Railway. You can buy tickets to see one, two, or all of these attractions. You get the feeling that you've been lured into a tourist trap, though the walk is a delightful one.
At the top of a mountain, you walk through rock slots, under stone bridges, over a swinging bridge, past a waterfall (operated with a pump), past cute gnomes, and to a lookout. The lookout is stunning, with views over the valley from the top of sheer rock faces. There are rocking chairs where you can sit in the sun and listen to live jazzy music.
Fairyland Caverns is a magical area that kids remember: a cave full of scenes from nursery rhymes, with bright glow-in-the-dark colors. Overall, Rock City Gardens doesn't take very long to see and it's a nice outing but it's expensive for a whole family to visit.
Check out the cool town of Chattanooga, and its riverfront area and pedestrian bridge called Walnut Street Bridge.

Photo Gallery


Looking up at the trees.

Moss-covered rocks, stream, and pathway.

Looking down at gnome statues.

Mushroom Rock.

Stairs to a little white ironwork house.

Beautiful vegetation.

Hanging flower baskets.

Visitors walk over a stone bridge.

Visitors make their way across the swinging bridge.

Great views of rock and valley.

Great views!

Visitors check out the views.

Fat Man Squeeze, a tight spot in the rock.

You walk under the precariously balanced rock!

Waterfall.

Looking up at a rock formation.

Pretty pathway leading to a bridge.

Entrance to Fairyland Caverns where lit-up fairytale scenes are displayed.

"Gems" in the rock wall inside Fairyland Caverns.

The interesting rock and coral wall inside Fairyland Caverns.

Glow-in-the-dark carousel scene in Fairyland Caverns.
   

Directions

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Rock City is located at 1400 Patten Rd, Lookout Mountain GA (close to Chattanooga TN) 30750, call (706) 820-2531.
Open daily 8:30-8 (these are the summer hours). Hours vary by season so check their website.
Admission is $20 for adults, $12 for kids aged 3-12.
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