Rock City Gardens

Rock City Gardens is one of the South’s oldest and most popular natural attractions. Just six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Tenn., Rock City is an enchanted, 4,100-foot walking trail showcasing soaring rock formations and lush gardens that include over 400 species of wildflowers and plants. Other features 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. Millions of people from all over the world have visited this nostalgic attraction, making memories worth repeating.

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Latitude: 34.9736535 Longitude: -85.3504325 Elevation: 1639 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Rock Climbing wall, 140 foot waterfall, scenic views, refreshments and snacks, open-air pavilion, swinging suspension bridge, natural rock formations, "Fat-Man Squeeze", and many others!

Seasons Accessible

Rock City is open all year-round.

How to Get There

In Chattanooga, from the I-75/I-24 split, take I-24 West towards Downtown Chattanooga. Get off at exit 178, the Lookout Mountain/Market Street Exit. Go straight to the traffic light and turn left onto Broad Street. At the base of the mountain, turn left onto Tennessee Avenue and follow the signs to Rock City.

Fees

$18.95 for adults and $10.95 for children.

ADA Accessibility Notes

There is a handicap accessible trail. While it will not allow those in a wheelchair to view the entire gardens area, it will allow access to the Critter Classroom, where the Rock City Raptors Birds of Prey show is held Thursday-Sunday each week in the summer. This trail also goes through the heart of the gardens, where many of the different species of flowers, plants & trees can be viewed, as well as wildlife such as squirrels and chipmunks. The ADA trail leads all the way to the Lover's Leap area in the gardens, where you can See Seven States on a clear day. You can also view the Lover's Leap waterfall and enjoy BBQ from the See Seven States BBQ tent on weekends in the summer.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed to walk through Rock City Gardens on a leash! Enjoy the quiet woodland paths and gardens together. Discover ancient rock formations. Explore the 400 species of places, flowers, and shrubs. Each step is a discovery for you and your pet! Stay the weekend and enjoy Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga!

Comments

Would like to visit , I’d like to know about these postcards I found 4 of Rock City , they seem to date back in the 1920 - 1930 ’s ?, printed was Moonshine Land,Tenn. & 2nd RKway Bridge 6000 ft above sea level can’t make- out if it’s 6 or ? So I just wanted to share this

Jimmy Cabrera in California, 11/20/2013

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