National Parks / Natural World
Rock City Gardens Lookout Mountain
Where is it at?
Rock City Gardens
1400 Patten Road
Tel: 706 820 2531
Where are we going today?
Rock City Gardens is one of the south’s oldest and most popular natural attractions - and it's as impressive as it sounds!
Located only six miles from historic and amazing downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, Rock City is an enchanting and breathtaking 4,100-foot walking trail that showcases impressive rock formations and lush gardens that include over 400 species of wildflowers and plants.
There are a HUGE host of events, features and activities that the whole family can enjoy when visiting this beautiful feat of nature.
Other features at Rock City Gardens include the Swing-A-Long Bridge that spans nearly 200 feet, and the lookout point at Lover’s Leap where you can “See Seven States” while standing over the 140-foot waterfall that cascades down Lookout Mountain.
Kids - can you guess which states they might be?
More than half a million people from all over the world visit this nostalgic attraction each year, making memories worth repeating.
Rock City is much more than just gardens and rocks though, kids! Did you know it has many special events throughout the year, including Shamrock City for St. Patrick’s Day, Earth Dayz in April where kids can do make and take projects, Southern Blooms Festival in May, Summer Music Weekends, Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey Shows-pet the birds and see them fly!; The Enchanted MAiZE, Forest of Fear in 3D, Rocktoberfest and the Enchanted Garden of Lights.
Don't forget to check out the Fairyland Cavners, and Mother Goose Village, where the magic awaits!
How much does it cost?
- Children11.95 (Ages 3 to 12)
- Free Under: 2 years.
When can we go?
Open 8:30am daily with seasonally varying close.
Open every day except Christmas Day
Many historical and natural benefits: rock formations, about 500 species of wildflowers, plants, etc.; art exhibits; birds of prey shows (seasonal)..
There are a number of places you can get food and drink, including Starbucks, Big Rock Grill (a sit down restaurant), Cliff Terrace Foods, Fudge Kitchen.
There are healthy options in the restaurant.
Any Top Tips?
Bring your pet on a leash! .
Need a little extra help?
A portion of the trail is handicap accessible, however the trail in its entirety is not wheelchair accessible due to over 200 steps total throughout the park. Bathroom facilities including handicap accessible, baby changing station/family restroom, etc..
Can I get one of those?
Bring that pocket money! Rock City Gardens has everything from clothing to candy and toys to the famous Rock City Birdhouses, ornaments, collectibles and more..
The Annual Pass is less than the cost of two general admission tickets, so why not grab one if you love it!.
What people are saying?
by Douglas Baldwin
Great views of southern Appalachia from this place. Prices are reasonable, and there is lots of walking and sightseeing. The restaurant at Lookout Mountain was surprisingly my favorite place on a whirlwind trip of the South. With wonderful views, the food was hard to beat. Great fresh salad and attentive staff. And if you like gnomes, Rock City is a place to stop. They are hidden all over the place. Will definitely go again. Buy a Rock City barn to take home on the way out.
by Mady Jatta
We toured the entire site in a few hours. The well-kept property delighted at every turn. Tons of photo ops. The iconic "See Rock City" signs all over the southeast give wise advice. It is well worth it. Amazing views. A good time! The views were phenomenal and some of the natural rock formations were great to see. It was interesting and worth the trip but not so spectacular that we would go back again. It is a breathtakingly beautiful place.
by Tiffany Thompson
We really enjoyed the beautiful trails and nature. There was plenty to see and the trails were not too difficult for the kids (2 & 11). We found the gnomes tacky, they just seemed out of place. I prefer natural beauty on hikes, nothing artificial...
by Michael Spencer
Great views and a very nice hike. The only things I could have done without were the man-made additions to the landscape (though I guess the kiddies like that sort of thing). Otherwise it was beautiful and worth the few hours we spent there.
by Marlene Negele
They need to change the flyers about this place. Me and my boyfriend drove 3hours to see the cliff spot. When we got their come to find out u have to pay 15 dollars to see anything. The brochure doesn't say anything about a cost. So it was a complete waste of 3hours their and 3hours back drive. I can go to falls creek falls and see a better view for free. Also to think that when u frist git the area u drive threw a crappy town befor u drive up to a fairy land. You would think since their ripping pepople off to see sumthing they would try to have...Read More
by Marlene Negele
They need to change the flyers about this place. Me and my boyfriend drove 3hours to see the cliff spot. When we got their come to find out u have to pay 15 dollars to see anything. The brochure doesn't say anything about a cost. So it was a complete waste of 3hours their and 3hours back drive. I can go to falls creek falls and see a better view for free. Also to think that when u frist git the area u drive threw a crappy town befor u drive up to a fairy land. You would think since their ripping pepople off to see sumthing they would try to have the surounding towns nice looking also. So change the brochures at all the rest stops and make sure u say thiers a cost. Hopefully no one eles has took the drive and wasted gas as we did to see nothing. Rem falls creek falls has a awesome view for FREE and u can even walk down and git misted by the fall.