Sunset Rock - A Beautiful Spot
Sunset Rock is located on the Western edge of Lookout Mountain and is a remarkably beautiful spot with some interesting history associated with it (there are plaques there that give the history). It is a high overlook with sweeping views of the more natural side of the Chattanooga valley. It's an awesome spot for a picnic or for watching a sunset.
You can get to it a couple ways. If you would like to hike, enter Point Park (which charges a small fee) and find the trail at the far Northwestern tip of the park, down the flight of steps. It is well marked and is about a mile along an easy trail. It is a beautiful hike. You can also also follow West Brow Rd to a small parking lot specifically for Sunset Rock, located at the intersection of W Brow and Linden. From there it is a short walk down a trail.
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Although Rock City may be Lookout Mountain's best known attraction, we have listed it as "Off the beaten path," because it is actually just over the state line in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
From as early as 1823 sightseers have come to this spot, drawn by amazing tales of naturally formed "streets and avenues" in the place they nicknamed "Rock City." Beginning in 1928, Frieda Carter spent four years enhancing the area with her unique gardens, bridges and trails. In 1932 she opened her attraction to the public. By the 1950's "See Rock City" had been painted on 900 barn roofs from Michigan to Texas, in a now famous advertising campaign.
The fabulous gardens, cliffs and trails in Rock City are as fun as they are beautiful. As a visitor you will wind your way through the Needles Eye, Fat Man's Squeeze, and over the Swinging Bridge. Along the way you will see Lover's Leap, 140-foot High Falls, 1,000-ton Balanced Rock, Fairyland Caverns and, on a clear day, a view of seven states.
I first visited Rock City with a favorite Aunt when I was a kid and was thoroughly enchanted. Half a century later I was there again and the place was even more delightful than my childhood memories of it.
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