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Monday, January 21, 2013

Rock City: The Stone Witch

Rock City: The Stone Witch

If you've been to Rock City before, but prior to 2012, there's a good chance you've never seen this before. As part of Rock City's 80th Anniversary celebration in 2012, they made the former sight accessible to the public again. I had heard of it before this year, but only from vintage post cards.

In the early years of the park, this was seen along the Enchanted Trail. However, when they opened Fairyland Cavern the route needed to be changed. Now, at the spot where the old trail used to go, visitors are encouraged to watch their step and travel the short distance up the uneven path and see it again.

It is what it is - a large stone that resembles a face, and it must be an unpleasant face since they called it a witch and not a fairy or a princess. For good measure, that pipe was added to the witch's mouth. More recently, the support beams have been added to hold up the stone pipe. As it turns out, now that I know where it's located, it can be seen from the more modern alignment of the trail and you can see it from the other side. But, since it doesn't resemble a stone witch from that side, nothing told you to look at it.

On my website, I have created a gallery entitled "A Tour of Rock City" where I not only have tried to find all of the gnomes, but all the other wondrous scenes at the beloved tourist attraction.
seemidtn.com/gallery/index.php?album=chattanooga%2Frock-city

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