Ever since my boyfriend Rob and I started dating, we’ve been challenging each other to keep things interesting. We work hard, we play hard, and we’re always looking for new adventures. I mean, we met at our local sport and social club playing kickball and haven’t slowed down since. So, we knew for our one-year anniversary that we wanted an action-packed weekend that also afforded us some room to slow down, relax, and enjoy the season kick-off weather, and Lookout Mountain was our absolute first choice.
Since our anniversary hits so close to Earth Day, and we’re big nature lovers, we were drawn by all the outdoor activities Lookout Mountain has to offer. We knew Lookout Mountain was famous for its naturally beautiful attractions, but we found so many more fun things to do that were completely new to us!
We started our trip at Ruby Falls. It was great to explore the caverns in the cool air, and the trek to view the falls warmed us up for our next challenge—Ruby Falls ZIPstream Aerial Adventure. With zip lines and obstacle courses for kids and adults, this place offered tons of fun for people of all skill levels, and it was right next door to the cave tour. Of course, Rob took us straight to the Blue Diamond Course, the most challenging of all. We raced over the Zig Zag Bridge, clambered through the V-Net Traverse, and lumberjacked our way across the High-Swinging Logs. At the end of the course, the zip line ride through the trees surprised us with a gorgeous view of the Chattanooga Valley and Tennessee River.
We drove down to Historic St. Elmo for lunch (we had some amazing BBQ at The Purple Daisy; I highly recommend it) and caught a ride back up the mountain on the Incline Railway. From the top station, it’s just a quick walk to Point Park and the head of some incredible hiking trails. We spent the rest of our day roaming the hills on these beautiful trails, losing ourselves in the mountain laurel, rhododendron, and wisteria that were blooming throughout the woods. When we’d finally gotten our fill and worked off all that delicious BBQ, we rested our tired feet at the adorable Chanticleer Bed and Breakfast to get ready for our second day at Rock City.
We discovered Rock City Gardens celebrates Mother Nature with an EarthDayz festival, and it was one of the best dates we’ve ever had. The gardens were buzzing with families and groups admiring the cherry trees and redbud trees bursting throughout the trails. All throughout the pavilion and Cliff Terrace Porch, people were building crafts with recycled materials, learning about art and nature, and even taking part in a show with birds of prey. We even took part in a rain barrel demonstration. Our absolute favorite part, though, was the RockQuest Adventure. We got our hearts pumping as we climbed to the top of this rock wall that had sprung up out of Lover’s Leap, offering us a super fun challenge and an awesome view. We celebrated our victory with a beer and a bite at the Café 7 and let ourselves unwind in the cool mountain breeze.
We rocked our anniversary trip. If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure to get your heart racing and take your breath away, you can’t beat Lookout Mountain.