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The two RV Gypsies and Karen Duquette's sister
at Rock City on Lookout Mountain
July 21, 2014
(photos by Karen, Lee, and Ilse)

Rock City is a roadside attraction near Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Lookout Mountain in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, located near Ruby Falls. Rock City features a long, convoluted rock trail lined with gardens containing hundreds of labeled local trees and plants. The trail also leads through a variety of bizarre rock formations, including the 1000-ton Balanced Rock and the Fat Man's Squeeze.

This is at least the 4th time the two RV Gypsies have been to Rock City, but the first time for Karen's sister, Ilse Blahak. (Karen and Lee used to live in this area).

Rock City sign
welcome to a geological wonder

The menu at the restaurant looked like it would be good food, but it was way back towards the end of the park, and everyone was already hungry, so they settled for Big Rock Grill inside Rock City. They sat on the tables outside because it was even hotter inside than outside. The food was not very good.

Big Rock Grill

Grand Corridor at Rock City

Grand Corridor sign
Lee Duquette in the Grand Corridor
The two RV Gypsies in the Grand Corridor
Lee Duquette in the Grand Corridor
no litter please
what's in a name sign
Grand Corridor pathway
Ilse Blahak on the Grand Corridor pathway
Grand Corridor pathway

Needle's Eye

Needle's Eye sign
Lee Duquette squeezing through Needle's Eye
Lee Duquette squeezing through Needle's Eye
Ilse Blahak squeezing through Needle's Eye

Gnome Valley in Rock Creek - can you see the little gnomes in the photos below?

welcome to Gnome Valley sign Gnome Valley in Rock City
Gnome Valley in Rock City Gnome Valley in Rock City
Gnome Valley in Rock City

Ilse Blahak under Mushroom Rock

Ilse under Mushroom Rock
sign about gardens at Rock City
metal sculpture
metal sculpture
roof of the metal sculpture
garden
flowers
flower

GNOMES Overpass at Rock City

sign at GNOMES Overpass
Lee Duquette on GNOMES Overpass
Ilse Blahak and Lee Duquette on GNOMES Overpass

Lee Duquette looked down at GNOMES Overpass - and a close-up of what he saw.

Lee Duquette looking down at GNOMES Overpass
looking down from GNOMES Overpass

Goblins Underpass

Ilse Blahak at Goblins Underpass
flowers and plants at Goblins Underpass
The two RV Gypsies at Goblins Underpass
The two RV Gypsies at Goblins Underpass

Flowers near Goblins Underpass at Rock City

flower
flowers
Flowers near Goblins Underpass?at Rock City
flower
flower
flowers

Shelter Rock at Rock City

Shelter Rock at Rock City
Shelter Rock at Rock City
Karen Duquette under Shelter Rock at Rock City
Shelter Rock at Rock City

Swing-A-Long Bridge at Rock City

Swing-A-Long Bridge at Rock City
Lee Duquette on Swing-A-Long Bridge at Rock City
Lee Duquette on Swing-A-Long Bridge at Rock City
Ilse Blahak on Swing-A-Long Bridge at Rock City
Karen Duquette and her sister on Swing-A-Long Bridge at Rock City
Karen Duquette and her sister on Swing-A-Long Bridge at Rock City

Approaching Lover's Leap and the waterfall known as High Falls.

Approaching Lovers Leap
view Approaching Lovers Leap
eagle statue and view Approaching Lovers Leap
Approaching Lovers Leap
sign about lover's Leap
Legend states that a Native American man who loved a woman from a rival tribe was thrown from the lookout when his love was discovered.
sign about Lover's Leap at Rock City
Lover's Leap at Rock City
Lover's Leap at Rock City
Lover's Leap at Rock City

Ilse photographed the two RV Gypsies at Lover's Leap - Neither one felt the need to jump and they do NOT recommend that anyone does either! NO, NO, AND MORE NO!!!!

the two RV Gypsies at Lover's Leap
the two RV Gypsies at Lover's Leap

Then Karen Duquette photographed Ilse where she was standing when she took the above photos.

Karen's sister with wind-blown hair

Views from Lover's Leap showing where the two RV Gypsies have already walked on this date at Rock City.

View from Lover's Leap
View from Lover's Leap

Faces (side profiles) in the cliff below Lover's Leap

face profile in the cliff
face profile in the cliff

The flag of each of the seven states seen from Lover's Leap and the Seven States Flag court, plus seven USA Flags.

flags
sign about a maze far below
The publicity and lore claim that it is possible to see seven states from Lover's Leap, a point in Rock City, but this has not been proven scientifically. The patio below shows a layout of the seven states.
patio with layout of the seven states seen from Lover's Leap
sign pointing to the seven states
cam you see 7 states?
view from Lover's Leap and the 7 states flag court
view from Lover's Leap and the 7 states flag court

Below are photos from the base of the 7 state flags. More than one side had information printed on it, but because of the type of stone material the bases were made out of, some were hard to read.

The Georgia Flag
South Carolina flag
Alabama info
The Alabama flag
Kentucky flag
Tennessee flag
Virginia Flag
Virginia Flag info
North Carolina flag

View from the outside tables at the restaurant at Rock City - and some nearby flowers.

view from restaurant
flowers
flower label
flower

A Rock Climbing Wall at Rock City
(an extra charge if you want to climb it).

Ilse inside the Rock City birdhouse

Rock Climbing?Wall
Ilse inside the Rock City birdhouse

The two RV Gypsies and Karen Duquette's sister, Ilse Blahak at the Rock City Gardens

The two RV Gypsies at the Rock City Gardens
Ilse at the Rock City Gardens
bench
tortoise rock
bridge

FAT MAN'S SQUEEZE AT ROCK CITY

FAT MAN'S SQUEEZE AT ROCK CITY
Lee Duquette at FAT MAN'S SQUEEZE AT ROCK CITY
Ilse Blakak entering FAT MAN'S SQUEEZE AT ROCK CITY
Lee Duquette at FAT MAN'S SQUEEZE AT ROCK CITY

Deer (including a white deer) at Rock City

sign about the Fallow deer
deer

Below: Looking back and up at the swinging bridge the two RV Gypsies walked over earlier.

the swinging bridge we walked over earlier

The Balanced Rock as seen from just before Observation Point. We are working our way to there.

Lover's Leap and High Falls

as seen from Observation Point

Balanced Rock
Lover's Leap
Lover's Leap and High Falls

Rainbow Hall. Colored windows make a rainbow reflection of the rocky walls.

Ilse and Lee entering Rainbow Hall
sign - Rainbow Hall
Rainbow Hall
Ilse leaving Rainbow Hall
Rainbow Hall
Rainbow Hall
Rainbow Hall

Just before the Under-Cliff Passage, Ilse and Karen got another view of Lovers Leap and High Falls.

Ilse viewing Lover's Leap and High Falls
Karen in front of High Falls
High Falls

Lee Duquette entering "Under-Cliff Passage" at Rock City

Lee Duquette entering "Under-Cliff Passage" at Rock City

Rock City's 1,000 Ton Balanced Rock

Rock City 1,000 Ton Balanced Rock sign
Ilse and Lee at the Balanced Rock
1,000 Ton Balanced Rock touching another rock
Lee Duquette under the 1,000 Ton Balanced Rock
Lee Duquette and Ilse under the 1,000 Ton Balanced Rock
Lee Duquette and Ilse under the 1,000 Ton Balanced Rock
Lee Duquette under the 1,000 Ton Balanced Rock
Lee Duquette under the 1,000 Ton Balanced Rock

Continuing on the path, the two RV Gypsies peered down into the Cave of the Winds (it is not a path people can walk through though)

Cave of the Winds

Stone Witch

stone witch sign
stone witch

Rock City ends with a section called Magic Valley, Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village; rock caves decorated with blacklight-responsive sculptures. Karen Duquette did not photograph this section because those photos are already on this website and can be seen through this link. which will take you to Rock City in 2011. A link at the bottom of the 2011 page will bring you back here, so you can continue with the other sections at the bottom of this page.

 

BELOW: Something new since the two RV Gypsies' visit in 2011 - FREE WINE TASTING. So Ilse Blahak and Karen Duquette enjoyed partaking of the wine. But it was all sweet wine, so they did not buy any. Lee Duquette never drinks anymore, and he never did like wine anyway.

wine menu
Karen and Ilse enjoying the free wine tasting

Water wheel seen at the beginning and end of the trail at Rock City

Water wheel
Water wheel

Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures
in Chattanooga, Tennessee - July 19-21, 2014
You may visit these eight (8) sites in any order you choose.
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Chattanooga, Ross Landing, water steps, sculptures and more

Chattanooga Choo-Choo

Incline Railway

Rock City (this page)

Ruby Falls - a waterfall in a cave

Point Park

duck ride on the Tennessee River

Lookout Mountain Chattanooga West KOA in Trenton, Georgia

look below

go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have enjoyed all eight (8) sections, above, please continue on to the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in Alabama: the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, botanical gardens and more