Rock City, Chattanooga

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    by doug48 Written Sep 18, 2009

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    the chattanooga area's most famous tourist attraction is rock city gardens. rock city was first visited by tourists in the early 1800's and they reached the site on mule back. the modern rock city attraction was opened by garnet carter in 1932. between 1936 and mid 1950's carter painted "see rock city" signs on over 900 barns scattered all over the southeast and midwest. today most of these barns no longer exist and have been replaced by "see rock city" bird houses. garnett carter built the world's first miniture golf course at rock city. on a clear day you can see seven states from the lover's leap overlook at rock city. this historic park is a great place to visit when traveling with children. see the attached web site for admission and times.

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    Rock City is not Hard-to Find

    by BruceDunning Updated Feb 3, 2009

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    At the peak of the mountain is this visitor spot. It was first identified by two missionaries in early 1800's as a citadel of rocks. Huge boulders are prevalent. The Carter family developed the estate in early 1930's. The cost is $15.95, or $30,00 if combined with Ruby Falls, or three way for $43.00 by using Incline railway. Signs along the highways go for hundreds of miles in all directions. They even use barn roofs for signage. An added feature is there is a Starbuck's at the top in the old Cornerstone building, a red limestone structure from the early 1900's.
    Garnet Carter and wife Frieda started the business to tour the rock pathway in 1932, and it was then called Fairyland. That concept was to attract children and the imagination of the architect was to have said to run "wild". Before that, people had come to see the large granite rocks and walked the natural paths around those. It is still operated by a relative of Carter. There are 500,00 annual visitors, so off season may be best-not summer days. You really can see 7 seven-states from this vantage point, the farthest being 120 miles distant.

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    Rock City

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Apr 17, 2006

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    There are three "major" tourist attractions that you will see signs for everywhere: Rock City, Ruby Falls, and the incline railroad up Lookout Mountain. You can buy a pass to multiple attractions if you plan on seeing them all and want to save a little dough.

    Rock City is basically a trail that weaves around several semi-interesting rock formations. You can actually see better ones for a lot less in the national parks, but Rock City does provide a way to kill an hour or so. At the end of the trail, you can walk through an "Enchanted Forest", which is really numerous dioramas.

    Rock City is probably a little pricey for what you get, but it's not a complete rip-off. Sights include a small suspension bridge, waterfall, and some narrow passageways.

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    See 'Rock City'

    by cjdoscher Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    While on the top of Lookout Mountain visit 'Rock City' and experience The Swinging Bridge, The Needles Eye, Fat Man's Squeeze, Mother Goose Village, and Lover's Leap for a nice view of the scenic valley below and supposedly 'see 7 states'.

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    by dainec Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Rock City features caverns, gardens - and great big rocks! It's located on Lookout Mountain, which offers fabulous view of the area. The 'Seven States Flag Court' offers - you guessed it - a view of seven states. (Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Virginia, if memory serves.) The court is next to 'Lover's Leap.' Awesome photo opportunities. There are plenty of other touristy photo ops - people in troll costumes, miniatures, etc. You can see a huge rock steadied on a single point, and other amazing stuff.

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    Rock City - 'See Rock City'

    by cfwestbe Written Feb 25, 2003

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    When you get up near Chattanooga, you will see the phrase 'See Rock City' on buildings, on signs, everywhere! Well, it is a place you have to see! Rock City is a series of walkways, rock bridges, rope bridges, and tight fits on Lookout Mountain. Lovers Leap is located here (the first photograph on this page). Expect to walk along a pathway that follows a trail deep through the rocks and than along the edge of the mountain looking down at the valley, far below. You can spend the entire day here exploring and following the trails. There is also a large gift shop located at the entrance to the park. Bring those hiking shoes and enjoy the view!

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    See Rock City!

    by KathyW Written Aug 24, 2002

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    This is a neat natural attraction, set atop of Lookout Mountain. Basically, you follow a route around the park, where there are some very interesting rock formations. At one point you cross a narrow swinging bridge over a deep gorge. (There is an alternate route, which my husband chose to take after making a false start across the bridge!) And then there's the famous lookout across the seven states.

    You can also go through a fairy tale village inside of a big cave. This part is a little bit hokey, but my daughter seemed to enjoy it. There are also some costumed theme characters at various places to entertain the children. It's a nice detour for a couple of hours. I've been twice and would definitely go again.

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    SEE ROCK CITY

    by DrewV Written Aug 24, 2002

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    SEE ROCK CITY
    You've no doubt seen the signs painted on barns from here to Indiana. SEE ROCK CITY. So do it. Perched atop Lookout Mountain, Rock City is part natural gardens, part ultra-cheezy kids park, and 100% gnome-infested. Two of the little varmits are pictured above. If you detest gnomes, you'd probably best stay away from Rock City. If they don't bother you so much, then read on.

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    Rock City

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Feb 7, 2013

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    Very touristy and tacky place overall, but the natural beauty underneath the part built up by the owners makes it worth a visit.

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    Rock City Gardens

    by anderschwan Updated Jun 11, 2006

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    If you love kitch, roadside attractions or garden gnomes, you must go see this place. My sister and I used to drive here from Nashville when we were depressed. The tackiness cheered us up!

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    by Travelsteph Updated Oct 13, 2004

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    Rock City is a must see in Chattanooga. It has rock formations, great views of Lookout Mountain, and Mother Goose's Village full of childhood's fairy tales.

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