Lookout Mountain, Georgia: Rock City
Rock City Gardens
- 1400 Patten Rd, Lookout Mountain, GA
- I-24 exits 178 (from the east) or 174 (from the west). Follow the signs for "Lookout Mountain" and "Rock City" and you'll eventually end up on Hwy 17/Tennessee Ave. Stay on Hwy 17 and, once you pass the entrance to The Incline, bear right onto Hwy 58/Ochs Hwy. This takes you up the mountain. At the top, turn left onto Mockingbird Lane/Pattern Rd to Rock City.
- Daily 8:30 am - 8 pm, closes earlier in the off-season. (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- The Best
Mountaintop attraction designed by the wife of the man who invented miniature golf. Rocks, vistas, and the psychedelic Fairyland Caverns. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [08/04/2008]
Rock City: For over 80 years Rock City on Lookout Mountain, Georgia, has been surprising travelers with a mix of engineered/augmented natural beauty -- and gnomes. [03/20/2013] Complete Story...
Visitor Tips and News About Rock City
Amazing walking trails through ancient rock formations. There is a healthy dose of vintage cheese in the Fairytale Caverns and Mother Goose Village, which feature day-glo tableaux of storybook characters illuminated by black light. These underground caverns are also an excellent place to hide when it's 108 degrees outside, as it happened to be during our visit.
Rock City also has a pretty interesting Birds of Prey show, which lets you get up close and personal with some pretty impressive winged hunters. Big bonus for a bird nerd like me: we got to pet an owl! A tiny owl!
There are also some spectacular views of the river valley, and a 100-foot-high waterfall. Rock City is also the only attraction I've ever seen that rivals the number of billboards of South of the Border in South Carolina. It is located in Georgia, but just a short drive from Chattanooga, Tennessee.[Sarah Nelson, 04/25/2013]
The waterfall was engineered by Rock City (and maybe some of the rock formations, too) but that only makes us crave the place more.
This place is the be-all end-all of roadside attractions. With its fascinating history and endless views, Rock City is probably my most memorable roadside stop ever. Well worth the price and perfectly kitschy.[Kait, 06/06/2012]
A fun stop with the family. Just make sure you are all up for the walk. Our 4 and 6 year olds were complaining about 2/3 of the way through, until the Fairyland Caverns![Kathleen, 04/24/2011]