Rock City first opened to the public on May 21, 1932, when owners Garnet and Frieda Carter decided to share their “backyard” with guests 90 years ago. The natural rock formations and native flora and fauna make this natural wonder worth a visit…again and again and again…
High atop Lookout Mountain in Georgia at the Tennessee line, this amazing outcropping of natural rock formations overlooks seven states. The winding trails, swing-along bridge, sweeping views, and creative art works will leave you inspired and in awe, and planning a return visit before you even get back home.

Whether you are an avid rock climber or just enjoy finding hidden outdoor treasures, Rocktown is worth your visit to explore these organic rock formations. Rocktown, aptly named for the several acres of rock outcroppings ranging from 30 to 40 feet high, is located within the Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area near Lafayette, GA. It’s a popular location for rock climbers in the Appalachian Plateau region, but is perfect for both beginners and experts alike. Years of geological activity and natural development have created a unique opportunity for rock climbing and bouldering. A Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass (GORP) is required for this area, and can be purchased online.

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn, GACLOUDLAND CANYON STATE PARK
Cloudland Canyon is one of the largest and most scenic parks in the state, and is home to thousand-foot deep canyons, sandstone cliffs, wild caves, waterfalls, cascading creeks, dense woodland and abundant wildlife. Hiking and mountain biking trails abound, but if you don’t do either, you can still take in the landscape with a drive to the top of the canyon. This water-carved canyon is surrounded with breath-taking views and boasts of caves, waterfalls and rugged geology. For the adventurous, caves are open during limited months of the year (permits and reservations required.)

The rural countryside and Chattahoochee National Forest in the state’s geologically significant Ridge and Valley region of northwest Georgia is home to James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park where a small waterfall at the entrance to an old marble mine are tucked away for your discovery. The peace and solitude of nature will make you want to linger just a little longer.

Just as the name implies, there is a cave and a spring. This natural wonder in the City of Cave Spring is not hard to find…just make your way to the city’s park where you’ll see the entrance to the cave and outflow of naturally cool and refreshing water from below the ground. The cave is open weekends in April, and daily May – September. Bring a jug to capture the natural mineral water to take home with you.

Just outside of Atlanta near the city of Whitesburg lies the hidden treasure of Snake Creek Gorge at Historic Banning Mills. The creek’s flow through the gorge has carved out a place of beauty and a home to native plants and animals. A hike along the creek indicates the once-present mills from the 1800’s. The trails and amenities of the privately-owned Historic Banning Mills adventure lodge is available to its guests, but day visitors are welcome to walk the trails for a nominal donation fee that goes toward keeping the historic area in pristine condition.

This scenic waterfall is located at the mouth of Toonigh Creek where it meets Lake Allatoona near Woodstock, GA. Twenty feet of cascading water over natural rock formations create a beautiful and soothing view of this water wonder. While you can reach the falls by way of an unofficial trail ( we think the best and most fun way to access it is by kayak. Put in at Olde Rope Mill Park.

Although this site isn’t open to the general public, we thought it was worth a mention. Kingston, GA, is home to 40-acres of hardwood forest teeming with natural flora and fauna with the focal point being the Kingston Saltpeter Cave. Mining began at the cave in 1804 when it was rented annually from the Native Americans in exchange for powder. Such caves were normally found in states north of Georgia, and this southern location made it all the more important during the American Civil War. Today, the cave and preserve are in the hands of the Felburn Foundation to maintain and preserve the site. The local Etowah Valley Historical Society have been known to lead tours of the site on occasion. While there is no remaining evidence of the mining operation, there is one artifact from the cave, whose origin has been established, on display in nearby Euharlee.