Hours of Operation: 8:30am - 8:00pm
Last entry 1.5 hours prior to close
Atop Lookout Mountain

Come Roam With The Gnomes!

Mountaintop Summers is Rock City at its peak. A seven-state view awaits along the shaded Enchanted Trail, where floral beauty winds through corridors of stone. Stroll the lush gardens and watch incredible birds and native animal shows at our Critter Classroom. There’s fun for everyone, including water slate drawings and gnome activities. Spend your summer days at Rock City and remember, everything’s cooler at the top!

May 24 – September 2, 2024



⇒ Online Ticket Discount: Save $5 per ticket off front gate pricing. ⇐




Gate Price: $34
Web Ticket Price: $34 $29 (Save $5)
Gate Price: $37
Web Ticket Price: $37 $32 (Save $5)

(ages 3-12)

Gate Price: $24
Web Ticket Price: $24 $19 (Save $5)
Gate Price: $27
Web Ticket Price: $27 $22 (Save $5)


See the Gardens

The Gardens take center stage during Mountaintop Summers with fabulous color and foliage…and this year we have exciting garden additions to share!

Red String

Red String is a sculptural installation on display in the Bog Garden. Red String honors founder Frieda Carter and her creation of the Enchanted Trail. A new line of Frieda-inspired merchandise titled “Never underestimate a woman and an idea” will be available nearby at Cliff Terrace Gifts.

Standing Stones Garden

The all-new Standing Stones Garden will be open daily for guests to explore. Walk among the standing stones and enjoy the all-new native plantings. Access to this new pathway will be just after the Hall of the Mountain King.

Gnome Tip! Take the new Gnome Mine Shaft Entrance to Fairyland Caverns!

Red String sculpture installed at Rock City among the trees.



Animal Education

Animal Educational Shows

Experience and learn about the vital role birds of prey and native animals play in the natural world. Witness different native animals and a variety of different native raptors!  Animal educational shows will be offered daily at the Critter Classroom.

Education Area

Across from Critter Classroom, guests can learn about local fauna through educational interactive displays including a raptor wingspan chart and an animal facts & misconceptions chart.

Animal gifts and Rock City souvenirs are available here at the Birdhouse Cart. 

Artful Engagements

As always, gnomes roam Rock City Gardens and this summer, guests will have the opportunity to document their sightings along the Enchanted Trail!

Gnome Quest

Hidden amongst the gardens are several gnome silhouettes. How many can you find?

Gnome Identification

Paint in water what your gnome looked like! Slate painting available at Prospector’s Point.

Gnomes and Other Magical Creature Sightings

Document your Rock City experiences and gnome sightings at Hearth.

Enchant Your Own Garden

Take home a piece of Rock City Gardens enchantment to add into your own garden. Rock City Birdhouses, musical windchimes, art-inspired Rock City merchandise and of course gnomes are all offered at a our various gift store locations.

Specialty Dining

In addition to the everyday offerings at our food locations, come enjoy our summer offerings.

Hearth at the Pavilion

Open 11am – 7pm

» Chicken Caesar Wrap, Cuban BBQ Sandwich, Hummus Veggie Wrap, Turkey Burnt Ends Sandwich, and Giant Bavarian Pretzel

» Complimentary Fresh Popcorn

» Regional beer, wine and Coca-Cola products

Café 7

Open 11am – 6:30pm

» Roasted & Fried Buffalo and BBQ Chicken Wings; Cream Cheese filled Churros
» Regional beer, wine and Coca-Cola products

Cliff Terrace

Open 10am – Close

» Fresh-Made Donuts dipped in honey glaze

Big Rock Grill

Open 11am – 7pm

» BBQ Burger

» Regional beer, wine and Coca-Cola products


Open 11am – Close

» Regional beer, wine and Coca-Cola products

Fudge Kitchen

» Featured Summer Flavor: Orange Cream Fudge Swirl


» Stop by Starbucks before or after your visit for a delectable Frappuccino, mocha, or latte featuring summertime flavors!