Kid’s View: Rock City

The spectacular waterfall and  verlook on the edge of Lookout Mountain

The spectacular waterfall and overlook on the edge of Lookout Mountain

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You can explore an underground fairyland, walk through stone passageways and see seven states from this amazing place.

by ANSLEY GRIDER, age 14, and CADEN GRIDER, age 11

Ansley Grider: The spectacular waterfall and overlook on the edge of Lookout Mountain Ansley Grider: Rock City is a great place for all ages. They have so many things to do, from the Fairyland Caverns to the beautiful overlook were you can see seven states. You also can see a gorgeous waterfall that flows right out of the rocks.[s2If !is_user_logged_in()]

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My favorite place in Rock City, though, has to be Fairyland Caverns. You feel as if you have swooped back into a magical time with Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks, the Three Little Pigs and so many more of your favorite  fairytales. When you first walk into Fairyland Caverns, there is a hallway with the walls and ceiling built out of sparkling crystals and glittering rocks. Everything is lit up in colorful light in a lovely way. Near the end of the caverns, there is Mother Goose Village, a miniature city full of fairytale scenes and characters. Cinderella’s stunning castle and her carriage madeout of a pumpkin is even there.

My second favorite place at Rock City is the spectacular overlook at Seven States Flag Court. Here you can see Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia. That’s seven states!  You can’t help but be in awe at the magnificent view.

To get to the overlook, you walk over the somewhat-scary, but also fun, swinging rope bridge. It wobbled some when everyone was walking across it, and my brother was terrified because he is afraid of heights. (Of course
he didn’t write about that, though. See his story on the next page.) I added a little jump to every
step to scare him more.

You can explore an underground fairyland, walk through stone passageways and see seven states from this  amazing place.

I would recommend Rock City to anyone. The Fairyland Caverns and a rock-climbing wall are great for kids, and adults like the beautiful trails and overlooks. It is great family getaway.

Caden Grider: Rock City is a year-round, always-fun extravaganza. They even have a climbing wall right near the edge of the mountaintop. If gazing off Lookout Mountain from Lovers’ Leap isn’t enough, then you can get even higher on the climbing wall. Towering above everything, you feel like you can almost touch the sun.

The Enchanted Trail goes throughout all of Rock City. If you look at the map they give you at the entrance, you’ll see you do a couple of loops with twists and turns. My favorite is the Fat Man Squeeze. I could walk through easily with no problem. The best part, though, was watching other people trying to get through. A lot of people (like my dad) had to turn sideways.

I really liked the underground places a lot. You get to travel through winding caves that are really awesome. My  favorite was the Under-Cliff Passage because it was the longest. They have little gnomes and a hall of  rainbows in the Under-Cliff Passage.

Lovers’ Leap and Seven States Flag Court are two main overlooks at Rock City. They say you can see seven states from the flag court, but I’m a little skeptical. They have binoculars you can look through. I wouldn’t be surprised if you could see seven states through those.

The waterfall you can see from Lovers’ Leap is  spectacular. After you cross the swinging bridge, you can stand right over the top of the waterfall and look straight down at it. It plummets 90 feet! The waterfall looks really cool up close. The water crashes down into a little pool below, freefalling like an eagle swooping down to catch prey.

If you get a chance to go to Rock City, don’t pass it up.

If You Go

Getting there: Rock City Gardens is at 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout
Mountain, GA 30750
Hours: Jan. 5-March 8, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; March 9-27, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.;
March 28-April 20, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Fairytale Nights, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.;
April 21-May 25, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 26-Aug. 31, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
More info: seerockcity.com; 800-854-0675

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