Rock City Gardens has been an important geological feature since Native American ancestors inhabited the land long ago. It was first described by religious missionaries in 1823 as a "citadel of rocks." Gradually over time it became more and more widely known. It gained significant popularity during the American Civil War during the battle of nearby Lookout Mountain. Despite being popular among locals, hikers, and geologist it did not become the attraction it is today till the 20th century. The american entrepreneur Garnet Carter originally envisioned the area as a residential neighborhood on top of the mountain called Fairyland with many amenities. Garnet ended up building a miniature golf course as well as a rock garden, 10 cottages, and trails lined with gnome/fantasy inspired statues. Finally in 1932 Garnet Carter opened the site to the public as a paid attraction.
Since it's creation more attractions have been built such as Fairyland Caverns, Mother Goose Village, Cornerstone Station and more. Rock City, including it's garden, is run today by a third generation descendant of Garnet Carnet named Bill Chaplin. Today over a half a million people visit Rock City Gardens each year. It is perhaps most popular for it's unbelievable views of the surrounding area. From a particular point of the rock formation one can actually see seven surrounding states. These states include obviously Georgia, but Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Rock City and Rock City Gardens are pet friendly. They require pets to be on a leash the entire time, but at the Cafe 7 there is even a pet menu for your furry friends. For art-lovers there are several fantasy and modern inspired statues along several of the trails.
Whatever your reason for visiting Lookout Mountain, Georgia Rock City is a must-visit. It provides a plethora of sites to see as well as lasting memories to treasure forever. Walk trails, dine at restaurants, play mini-gulf, and enjoy the best that Georgia has to offer.