Those who are looking to step just a little off the beaten path should check out Rock City, located at Lookout Mountain, Georgia—just six miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee. You will definitely want to have your best walking shoes on for Rock City! This 200-million-year-old rock formation holds plenty of exciting adventures, including a 90-foot waterfall, gardens, Fairyland Caverns for the kids, and a 1,000-ton balanced rock. Once you’ve finished exploring the trails that wind through these attractions and the more than 400 species of plants and trees, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views at the top of Lookout Mountain, where you can see seven different states! Depending on when you visit, there are plenty of special events to add even more excitement to your trip, including the Enchanted Garden of Lights during the holiday season, the Southern Blooms Festival and Summer Music Weekends. I am a big coffee drinker so I also like the fact that there is a Starbucks on site, an indication of the site’s popularity.
Some of Rock City’s other features include the climbing wall at Lover’s Leap, the famous Swing-A-Long suspension bridge that stands nearly 200 feet and provides an amazing view of the Chattanooga Valley, the birds of prey shows, Cafe 7 Dining on the terraces, and the Hall of the Mountain King, a twisting series of caverns.
Blowing Springs Farms in Flintstone, Georgia, is Rock City’s fall attraction in the valley below Lover’s Leap. Each year there is a new cornfield maze design to navigate, hayrides or cow train rides, and animals to pet at the Critter Corral. This event was selected as a Top 20 event for 2017 by Southeast Tourism Society.
While you’re in the area, you should also visit Ruby Falls. Located 1,120 feet below Lookout Mountain, it’s the world’s tallest and deepest waterfall. Use Fodor’s Georgia Travel Guide to help plan your trip. SeeRockCty.com