Ever seen one of these? I did, once, on my way from Atlanta to Chattanooga years ago. It was my first time witnessing a “See Rock City” barn in person. Since they’re in lots of places east of the Mississippi, I guess that shows that I really didn’t grow up around here.
The signs are for a roadside attraction called Rock City, which is somehow near Chattanooga, Tennessee, but actually in Georgia.
I love that Rock City started out as the Carter family’s garden at the top of a mountain, where they started welcoming visitors in May of 1932. And while a lot has been added, much of the atmosphere appears to remain the same: beautiful gardens, a “Lover’s Leap” lookout where legend has it that you can see seven states, and ancient rock formations. Still family-owned, Rock City is a beautiful destination for families.
Rock City is one of those places that I’ve wanted to visit for a while, but just haven’t had the opportunity. But I think that will change this summer. From Atlanta, it is a pretty easy day or weekend trip. So we’ll probably try to visit once before school starts again for the fall. And this year Rock City is celebrating its 80th birthday. If you live in this region, that makes it the perfect year for a visit.
So I’m excited to offer a giveaway here on The Red Clay Diaries: a family pass for Rock City!
For me, the closest I’ve come to a good old-fashioned roadside attraction is Cracker Barrel (a kitschy – but delicious – imitation). Rock City seems to offer an authentic combination of beautiful scenery, modern amenities, and old-fashioned charm.
To win the family pack of tickets to Rock City, all you need to do is comment here on this post. On May 11 I’ll choose a commenter at random as the winner. Be sure you include your email address with your comment, so I can contact you.