Things to Do
One of the most fun things to do in Chattanooga is visiting Rock City. Rock City is an amusement located right at the top of Lookout Mountain only 10 minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Here you'll find great views, magical rock formations, and seasonal events
Your visit to Rock City will include a stroll through the 4,100-foot Enchanted Trail, where you'll encounter incredible rock formations, caves, and beautiful flowers, along with a few other surprises. While you're on the trail, be sure to enjoy these quintessential Rock City experiences.
This rock that juts out from the side of Lookout Mountain gets its name from the Cherokee legend of two young lovers, a brave named Sautee and a beautiful maiden named Nacoochee, from two feuding tribes. According to the legend, Sautee was captured and thrown from the top of Lover’s Leap. Nacoochee, distraught from the loss, jumped to her own death. During your visit, you can take in views of the valley below, see the beautiful High Falls, or experience some adventure on the climbing wall.
See Seven States
At Lover’s Leap, you can also experience Rock City’s legendary views of seven states. During the Civil War, both a Union officer and a Confederate nurse noted in separate diary entries that the summit afforded views of seven states. Look through the binoculars above the High Falls to see for yourself! Today, the Flag Court serves as a tribute to each of these states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Frieda Utermoehlen Carter, one of Rock City’s founders, had a love of European folklore and fairytales. Her husband, Garnet Carter, hired a sculptor from Atlanta named Jessie Sanders to create scenes from some of the world’s most beloved fairytales. The scenes were moved into Fairyland Caverns in 1947, and you can see them today, along with some of Rock City’s famous gnomes, as you meander through the cave.
Mother Goose Village
Completed by Sanders in 1964 and housed within Fairyland Caverns, Mother Goose Village is an impressive landscape of even more scenes from classic nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty, the Three Little Pigs, and Little Boy Blue. Enjoy your favorite nursery rhyme and marvel at the impressive hand built dioramas.
Spanning 180 feet, this suspension bridge is the perfect place to grab a photo of the Chattanooga Valley. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Special experiences designed for kids are available seasonally. They can take a photo in a fun photo-op, mine for gemstones at Prospector’s Point or do a geode dig! Additional charges may apply for kids’ activities.
Art in the Gardens
Rock City strives to serve as a leading cultural entertainment innovator. Since the Spring of 2009, Rock City has added 7 art installations throughout the gardens. A common thread of all the pieces is the inspiration Rock City’s Enchanted Trail gave to each artist and their work – the natural beauty and “quieting of the spirit” are depicted.