Chattanooga is such a wonderful city to visit. They have so much to offer and cater to folks of all ages. One of our favorite places there is Rock City.
And currently they are celebrating their 80th birthday. And boy did we celebrate with them!! Thank goodness there was no cake involved, otherwise I would never have made it through the Needle Eye or Fat Man’s Squeeze.
Let me share this brief history of Rock City, then we will get into all there is to see:
1823 – Drawn by amazing tales, sightseers came and rode mules through the naturally formed “streets and avenues” of the place they nicknamed Rock City.
1928 – Frieda Carter spent four years forging a path through the wilderness among the rock formations with only a string to mark her trail. Garnet Carter introduced her unique gardens to the public as Rock City Gardens in 1932.
1936 – Garnet Carter began his famous barn roof advertising campaign to lure vacationers from the highways. By the 1950’s Clark Byers had painted “See Rock City” on 900 barn roofs from Michigan to Texas.
Rock City is still a famous tourist attraction today and welcomes visitors from all over the world. When you visit you will see amazing, amazing, amazing rock formations that form things like
Fat Man’s Squeeze
You can also travel through a world of fairy tales and gnomes in Fairy Land Caverns.
Where so many fairy tales from childhood are represented.
We had a wonderful time at our recent visit and can’t wait to go back during the holidays when it is all lit up for Christmas making it even more magical!
I hope that you get to visit the wonders of Rock City at least once in your lifetime. It is so nice wandering through the majestic creations that can be found in nature and becoming one with the environment. Make sure to look at all 7 states that can be seen from Lover’s Leap, sit under a 1,000 TON balanced rock and so many other things that will make you oohhh and aahhh.
One piece of advice though…
DON’T go across a swinging bridge with these two. I thought I was going to have to crawl across to get through it.
Once I did finally make it to the other side I didn’t think my legs would ever feel normal again. Bric and Tate got a BIG kick out of it though. I think perhaps they may like tormenting me just a little too much.
Ok, one other piece of advice…
…watch out for the Goblin’s!