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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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This popular 4,100-foot path located on the Georgia side of Lookout Mountain offers attractions to appease many different types of travelers. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy weaving through the tall boulders situated at Needle's Eye and Fat Man's Squeeze along the Enchanted Trail. Children will feel like adventurers crossing the 180-foot long Swing-a-Long Suspension Bridge and likely delight in the figurines depicting fairytales and classic children's stories in the Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose's Village. Couples looking for a photogenic moment will appreciate Lover's Leap, a lookout point adjacent to the mountain's 90-foot waterfall. And everyone will have fun trying to see how many states they can spot from 1,700 feet above sea level at the See Seven States viewpoint.

Rock City now sees more than half a million visitors a year, but it used to struggle to attract visitors to its grounds when it first opened in 1932, due to its off-the-beaten-path location. One of Rock City's founders, Garnet Carter, hired a local artist to promote Rock City around the country. The artist, Clark Byers, traveled across the nation and painted "See Rock City" on farms and barns as far as Texas and Michigan, eventually solidifying Rock City as a roadside attraction to visit. 'Although a commercial success, Rock City is still a family-run business, currently operated by a third-generation descendent of the Carters.

Recent visitors enjoyed their experiences at Rock City, citing the natural attractions as beautiful and fun to explore, especially for those with children. Visitors particularly liked the waterfall and recounted the amazing views from the available lookout points. But not everyone was satisfied: a few travelers complained of the lack of accessibility for disabled visitors, and how certain parts of the attractions, specifically Needle's Eye and Fat Man's Squeeze, are difficult for overweight guests to enjoy since space is limited. Many travelers recommended wearing comfortable shoes and advised visiting early to beat the crowds.

Rock City has seasonal hours; check the website before you head over. Admission is $19.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Visitors can also purchase package tickets that include admission to Ruby Falls for $35.90 for adults and $20.90 for children, as well as a package that includes Ruby Falls and the Incline Railway that is $48.90 for adults and $25.90 for children. Parking at the attraction is free but due to its location in Georgia, it cannot be reached by public bus.

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Charles B. Rich / Getty Images

Courtesy of the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Antipunk / Getty Images

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