Rock City Gardens in Lookout Mountain, Georgia
10 Can’t-Miss Rock City Gardens Experiences
Located atop spectacular Lookout Mountain in Georgia—just 6 miles from Chattanooga, Tenn., along the Georgia-Tennessee border—Rock City Gardens is a marvel of nature, featuring geological, botanical and artistic wonders for the whole family to enjoy. Discover some of the best things to do at Rock City Gardens with this list.
1. Stroll the Enchanted Trail through Rock City Gardens.
Take in the sights of massive, ancient rock formations along this 4,100-foot-long trail, which leads through astonishing caves, past dramatic overlooks and even through surprising sections of trail where you’ll squeeze through sideways.
2. See seven states from the lookout at Lover’s Leap.
This overlook point named after two young lovers in a Cherokee legend juts out from the side of Lookout Mountain—1,700 feet above sea level—and provides an incredible vantage point to see seven states off in the distance.
3. Peek into magical fairytale scenes within Fairyland Caverns.
Venture into this cave to discover an illuminated fantasy land with black-lit fluorescent scenes straight from storybooks like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Cinderella.” Little ones will love the nursery rhyme scenes found within the Mother Goose Village.
4. Cross the thrilling Swing-A-Long Bridge.
Feel the excitement as you walk across the wood planks of this 180-foot-long suspension bridge, boasting incredible views of Chattanooga Valley.
5. Discover art installations throughout the gardens.
Nature, magic and creativity come together with seven pieces of unique outdoor artwork amid the botanical beauty of the gardens. See everything from the figurative sculpture “Ibsen the Troll” to the intricately carved wooden beams titled, “Elder Flame.”
6. Hear live music during Summer Music Weekends.
From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, catch live concerts by a variety of musicians on Lookout Mountain. From folk and country to blues and beyond, bring the whole family to listen to the sounds of summer. While you’re there, catch the Birds of Prey show to see raptors up close. Find more upcoming Lookout Mountain events to experience.
7. Enjoy dining with a view at Cafe 7.
Sit outdoors on the Cafe 7 terraces to enjoy astonishing views from Lover’s Leap. This seasonal restaurant serves up Southern cuisine with a modern twist, featuring dishes such as barbecue nachos, fried green tomatoes and fish ‘n’ chips—as well as a full wine list and regional craft beers.
8. Get in the holiday spirit in the Enchanted Garden of Lights.
There’s nothing like the magic of the holiday season—especially at the annual Enchanted Garden of Lights. Bring the whole family to explore a winter wonderland of twinkling holiday lights, decorated Christmas trees and whimsical scenes. Plus, kid-friendly activities like decorating gingerbread cookies with Mrs. Claus and visiting Santa’s workshop make for a memorable holiday vacation.
9. Fill up on gourmet burgers at Big Rock Grill.
For big appetites, head straight to this short-order restaurant, which dishes out favorites like the bourbon bacon cheeseburger and the “Fire on the Mountain” burger—outfitted with crispy fried jalapeños, sriracha mayo and spicy pepper jack cheese. Little ones can enjoy tamer options such as hot dogs and chicken tenders.
10. Find souvenirs at the gift shops.
With numerous gift shops and boutiques throughout Rock City, find the perfect gifts or souvenirs during your visit. Peruse garden items such as birdhouses and gnomes, and pick up a souvenir photograph of your journey along the Enchanted Trail.