Daytime hours:

8:30am - 6:00pm

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FAQs

Here are answers to the questions we get most frequently.

  1. What do you have at Rock City Gardens?
    • Rock City Gardens is a 4100-ft walking trail surrounded by natural geological and botanical wonders featuring a 90-ft waterfall; the Swing-A-Long Bridge, a 180-ft long suspension bridge that provides an amazing view of the Chattanooga valley; Lover’s Leap where you can See 7 States; Fat Man’s Squeeze, Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village.
  2. Is there a parking charge at Rock City?
    • Parking at Rock City Gardens is FREE.
  3. How much time should I plan to visit Rock City?
    • When visiting Rock City, most people plan on 1-1/2 to 2 hours, but because the tour is self-guided, you can spend as long as you like walking through the gardens, relaxing in a rocking chair while enjoying the breathtaking views, having a bite to eat at one of our restaurants, and browsing the various gift shops.
  4. Does Rock City have Handicap Accessibility?
    • Rock City is partially handicap accessible. Our entrance at Gardens Gateway leads to an ADA ramp which takes guests to Legacy Lane. This portion of the Enchanted Trail allows our guests in wheelchairs or with limited mobility access to enjoy the overlook at Lover’s Leap and the Seven States Flag Court. Round trip distance is about 1/2 a mile.
  5. Are drones permitted at Rock City?
    • For the safety and enjoyment of all of our guests, drones are not permitted on the property or in the parking lots of Rock City Gardens.
  6. Do you have weddings at Rock City? Can we get married at Rock City?
    • Couples are welcome to get married at Lover’s Leap, although we do not make arrangements. Only very small weddings are allowed because the flow of traffic cannot be restricted to our other guests. Each person pays the current admission fee for entrance to the gardens.
    • For a wedding that features Rock City magic, we encourage you to discover Grandview, our 4100 sq ft historic home that is perfect for any special event (rehearsal dinner, wedding, shower or day-after brunch). Grandview is located adjacent to Rock City so it has the same amazing view without the other visitors and activities. For more information, visit Grandview’s website at www.meetatgrandview.com or call an Event Specialist at 706-820-7920.
  7. Do you allow strollers at Rock City?
    • Due to narrow passages and steep stairs, strollers are not allowed on Rock City’s Enchanted Trail. Child backpack or front carriers work well. Stroller parking is located in front of Garden’s Gateway Gift Shop – the entry and exit point for the Enchanted Trail.
  8. Do you have Bus and RV parking at Rock City?
    • Yes. Rock City has a parking area that will accommodate large buses, RVs, and trailers. When you are approaching Rock City, watch for the enormous black and white Rock City arrow sign, and then the signs that direct “Buses, Campers, & Trailers”. We look forward to your visit!
    • When making your way to and from Rock City, please note you will be traveling on two-lane mountain roads and through a residential community that requires a commitment to safe driving.
  9. Do you allow pets at Rock City?
    • Four legged pets will enjoy the walk and are welcome as long as they are on a leash. Visit our Pet Information page for more information.
  10. Where can I see some of the Rock City barns?
    • Rock City’s self-guided barn tours take travelers along the scenic pathways where many of the roadside barns can still be seen. Barns can most often be seen along the rural roads throughout the southeast. See the barn page for a map of these historic landmarks.
  11. Where is a close place to stay?
    • Located just three miles from Rock City is our historic, pet and family-friendly boutique inn.  RiverView Inn affords guests sweeping views of the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga from a breezy perch on the side of Lookout Mountain. Enjoy the heated pool, fire pit and breakfast in the Skybox.
    • Steps away from Rock City Gardens is the charming Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast. With its inviting stone cottages and cozy rooms, this family-owned bed and breakfast is the perfect quiet escape for adults. For more information, visit the Chanticleer Inn website at www.stayatchanticleer.com.
    • Additionally, hotels at the base of Lookout Mountain in Lookout Valley or in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee offer convenient access to restaurants within a 10 minute drive to Rock City.
  12. Are you allowed to smoke in Rock City? 
    • Rock City has designated smoking areas within the park. These are marked on the guide map.
  13. Does Rock City offer Wi-Fi for guests? 
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi is available inside Rock City for guests to connect to and use while in the park.