Lookout Mountain, Georgia: Rock City

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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)
Adults $20.
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Rock City

Rock City
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]
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This involves a lot of walking. It would be best to wear comfortable shoes. They will take your photo before entering and you can purchase at the end ($20-$35).

[Sheri Coleman, 08/05/2016]


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.

Rock City bridge.

Rock City

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]

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