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Massive Photo Post - Rock City Gardens [Nov. 28th, 2010|10:57 pm]
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Every October, usually the last week of the month, Ken and I take off work and take some little day trips to places in the area that we love to visit. I'm finally getting around to posting my photos from our trip to Rock City Gardens - er... in 2008. lol

So before everyone is completely out of a fall/pretty leaves mood and into winter (is anyone really into winter??) or rather Christmas, I wanted to get these up before I feel I must wait another year. :D



I've been four or five times and it never gets old. ^.^

For any of my friends who are fans of the book "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman, the final battle takes place on Lookout Mountain, and partly in Rock City. You can read what he had to say about it here.


Rock City Gardens


The Entrance and a very pretty tree right outside the admission gate:





Starting on the trail. Rock City Gardens is a long winding paved trail across the top of Lookout Mountain, outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. The trail passes around huge boulders and into tight crevices, over and under stone bridges and through tunnels. The scenery is beautiful at any time of the year, but we happened to pick a gorgeous day just when the fall leaves were at their most stunning.






























"Mushroom Rock"




More pretty leaves and rock formations:
































So after winding through the woods for a while, you eventually come to the edge of the mountain and this stunning view:



There's a swinging bridge to cross here, and it does really swing! (In the second photo you can see Ken and my shadows on the rock on the lower right.) :D





Then up some stairs, and you come out on Lover's Leap, where they say you can see 7 states. A 100 foot waterfall pours out from the side of the massive rock ledge.




















A very cool table and benches on the terrace of Lover's Leap:




This tree was right next to the terrace and was just gorgeous! Of course, I had to get all up under it and take pictures:
















Walking on, more pretty leaves and the amazing Balanced Rock:










And this is one of my favorite spots. :D The Rainbow Corridor:








Then you begin your descent into - the very rock! The steps get narrower as they go deeper... and you wind your way through mysterious tunnels. I just LOVE these little doorways into the rocks. :DD
















End of the trail! We now go down again into the rock, this time into "Fairyland Caverns." This is for the kiddies, with lots of lighted dioramas of nursery rhymes and fairy tales. It's impossible to take photos for the most part, but I did manage to get one of some gnomes. lol






The exit tunnel and the waterwheel at the end of the trail:






They light this place up with Christmas lights at night during the season. One of these days I'm going back to do that!
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[User Picture]From: purpleink
2010-11-29 05:07 am (UTC)
Oh, this was just gorgeous to look at!

I've been fortunate enough to do some traveling abroad, but there are so many things at home in the States that I know are every bit as spectacular...I am compiling a list of those things (because J and I are both interested in travel, but increasingly 'travel' means 'travel but stay close to home'. :D)

This is definitely a destination that's making the list. Thank you SO much for posting these photos!

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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-11-29 05:56 am (UTC)
Yay! Oh, yes, you guys MUST come! :DD It is awesome fun, and there's all kinds of very cool other things to do in Chattanooga also. There's even a Dragon Museum! We love going there. :DD It's a two hour drive from where we live, so we often go down for a day or two.
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[User Picture]From: veritas03
2010-11-29 05:43 am (UTC)
Wow! Beautiful pictures. That's my kind of place. I'm saving this to my favorites so I can share this with my son next time he's home from school. He'll love all the rock formations.
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-11-29 05:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's definitely my kind of place. I just love it. Usually we have gone in the summer, but I was so impressed with the gorgeous foliage, that from now on, we're going in the fall! :D
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[User Picture]From: dark0feenix
2010-11-29 07:45 pm (UTC)
Utterly gorgeous pics! Love the autumn colors (I'm not particularly an autumn girl but right now our early come winter (-17 with snow) makes me weep most bitterly and miss any season/weather less cold) but the rocks themselves are just awesome. :)
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-11-30 05:59 am (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie! It's such a gorgeous place, it would be hard not to take gorgeous pics. :DD I do love autumn - I think it's my favorite season. Luckily we live where it hardly ever snows... ;-) Sorry it's so bad there. *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: nenne
2010-11-29 08:18 pm (UTC)
What beautfiul autumn colours. This place looks amazing.
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-11-30 06:00 am (UTC)
It is an amazing place. I love going there. ^.^
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[User Picture]From: Teresa Long Johnson
2010-11-30 01:52 am (UTC)
This is one of the most amazing places I have ever been. My husband and I went there this past summer and I will be back. You really caught the magic of the place!
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-11-30 06:01 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's one of my most favorite places to visit. :)
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[User Picture]From: demicus
2010-11-30 11:56 pm (UTC)
Delightfully vibrant memories as always! Frankly, I'd love to see the place but I must admit that the pictures depicting passageways through the rocks made me think of a couple of movie moments where common phobias (e.g. ophidiophobia & arachnophobia) were gleefully exploited. I can just hear Indiana Jones saying, "Snakes...I hate snakes" & Ron Weasley saying, “Why spiders? Why couldn't it be follow the butterflies?" & of course, "Can we panic now?" LoL!
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2010-12-02 04:22 am (UTC)
LOL - Those are definitely funny bits - I've always loved Indiana Jones and his snake moments. :D I have to say that the tunnels in this place are very clean - I didn't see a single crawling or slithering thing anywhere. ;-) I'm really glad you enjoyed the pictures. It was such a fun day. ^.^
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[User Picture]From: magicallioness
2011-01-01 10:51 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, such lovely pictures. The place looks awesome! ... Now, I'm longing for fall again *lol*
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[User Picture]From: dmmccabe
2011-01-05 05:20 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, sweetie!! It is a very awesome place. I love to visit there every few years - it's just so gorgeous in the fall. Fall is my very favorite time of year. ^.^
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