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|Rock City Gardens - Tennessee
A city of impressive natural rock formations, Rock City Gardens was opened to the public in 1932. Fourteen acres of unusual sandstone make up Rock City with 400 species of native plants. The Enchanted Trail leads visitors through various tunnels and narrow rock crevices. A stone bridge and a 180-foot swinging bridge cross deep chasms. Lover's Leap allows views of seven states on a clear day including Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. According to Cherokee legend a brave warrior called Sautee was thrown to his death from this spot and his lover the Princess Nacoochee leapt after him. Children love Mother Goose Village and Fairyland Caverns which display scenes from nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Mid-November through New Year's the Enchanted Garden of Lights displays over 500,000 lights and more than 25 holiday scenes with music.
From 1936 to 1968 over 800 barns were painted with the logo "See Rock City" for one of the most successful marketing campaigns in American history. The slogan became part of rural Americana.
Rock City is open daily except Christmas Day. September - June hours are 8:30 am to sundown. Summer hours are 8:00 am to sundown. Admission is $9.95 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 3-12 (pricing subject to change).
Take I-24 from Chattanooga west to the Lookout Mountain exit. Follow Rock City signs to Tennessee Highway 58 which will take you up Lookout Mountain.