Famous Attractions: At 1,120 feet below ground, Ruby Falls boasts the deepest commercial waterfall in the U.S. and has been wowing visitors for more than 85 years. Tourists seeking a rush can visit ZIPstream Aerial Adventure before braving the Swing-A-Long Bridge at Rock City, where rock formations, caves, and enchanting gardens abound. Among the most notable attractions at Rock City is Lover’s Leap, a lookout with views of seven states. Lookout Mountain’s Incline Railway impresses with a 72.7% grade trip up one of the world’s steepest incline railways.
Historical: Taking place more than 150 years ago, the Civil War’s “Battle Above the Clouds” is commemorated today at Point Park and Cravens House. Each location offers striking views of the valley below and an education on Chattanooga’s role in the Civil War.
Outdoors: Hang gliding at the Lookout Mountain Flight Park is an exhilarating way to spend an afternoon. At Cloudland Canyon State Park, cliffs, caves, and waterfalls are waiting to be explored by foot or bike. Glen Falls Trail, Bluff Trail, and the Lula Lake Trails are just a few of the popular places to hike in the area, and the view at Sunset Rock is a favorite spot for locals and tourists.
Dining and Sport: In 2017, two historic institutions, the Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club and Lookout Mountain Golf Club, merged into a private club called The Lookout Mountain Club. “The Club” offers fine dining, tennis, swimming, golf, and many other amenities. Café 7 at Rock City and Café on the Corner serve up modern Southern fare.
Festivals: Year-round festivities have visitors flocking to Lookout Mountain to celebrate the season. At Rock City every fall, Rocktoberfest celebrates German culture with polka dances and pretzels, and the Enchanted Garden of Lights makes for a magical tradition each winter. Shamrock City, EarthDayz, Fairytale Nights, and the Southern Blooms Festival, featuring springtime blossoms, are also not to be missed. Events at Ruby Falls include Romance at Ruby, Christmas Underground, and the highly rated Haunted Cavern.