Rock City | Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Lookout Mountain GA 30750
Located atop Lookout Mountain, Rock City—with its massive ancient rock formations, gardens, and "See 7 States" panoramic views—is one of America's iconic vacation spots.
In 1928 Frieda Carter took a string and began marking a trail through the wilderness and rock formations on this property on Lookout Mountain. In 1932, her husband introduced her unique gardens to the public as Rock City Gardens, and in 1936, he began his famous barn roof advertising campaign to lure visitors from the highways. By the 1950s, "See Rock City" was painted on 900 barn roofs from Michigan to Texas.
Today, visitors can follow the same stone path that winds through massive rock boulders and explore the 400 species of plants, flowers and shrubs. You can thread your way through the "Needle's Eye," which lies shoulder-to-shoulder with tall boulders, cross the thrilling "Swing-A-Long Bridge," stand on the 140-foot "High Falls," and see seven different states from atop "Lover's Leap." Children especially love the "Hall of the Mountain King," "Fairyland Caverns," where the rock walls are illuminated with storybook legends, and "Mother Goose Village," where nursery rhyme characters—from Little Miss Muffet to Jack and Jill to Goldilocks—reside.
Cornerstone Station serves up 1950s fun with an old-time soda fountain, burgers, gas pumps, and an original, fully-restored Chevrolet firetruck.
Says LulaBKentucky on tripadvisor.com: "Rock City is a legend and everyone should see it at least once. Sure, the gnomes are a little hokey, but that's what's so fun about it. Not much has changed in the 80 years since it opened. It's good family fun. The views are absolutely breathtaking. We spent an entire afternoon and can't wait to go back with the kids."