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Cherokee Rock Village, Leesburg

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This rock outcropping atop Lookout Mountain has been known by many names over the years including Cherokee Rock Village, Little Rock City, Sand Rock and Sandrock. It is believed to have been of ceremonial importance to Native Americans. The view of Weiss Lake and the surrounding area is spectacular. Cherokee Rock Village has been popular with rock climbers since the early 1970s even before there was a road to the site. Just as with Cornwall Furnace, the society pushed for years to get the site turned into a public park. Society President, Col. Robert N. Mann, was authorized by the Cherokee County Commission to begin negotiations with Georgia Kraft to acquire the site in December, 1973. In 1974, Georgia Kraft agreed to donate the 20 acres of land that encompassed the outcropping. There were stipulations that the site had to be developed into a park and an access road had to be built to the site. The access road to the site would be built by the county. The county soon decided more land would be needed to make a usable park and negotiations resumed for additional acreage. Once again, Col. Mann began talks with Georgia Craft and The Nature Conservancy in November, 1976. In April, 1977, The Nature Conservancy purchased a total of 200 acres from Georgia Kraft for $15,000.00 for use as a public park. This 200 acres included the 20 acres that been involved in the prior negotiations. This accomplished the Society's goal of the site being preserved as a public access area. Today, the site remains a popular place for rock climbers, hikers and others who go to enjoy the outdoors. Some scenes for the film "Failure to Launch", starring Matthew McConaughey, were filmed at the Cherokee Rock Village.

The park is owned and operated by the Public Parks and Recreation Board of Cherokee County, 101 West Main Street Centre, AL. 35960. (256) 927-2757


Daily Admission:

Cars: $5

10-passenger Vans and Buses: $10


Cars: $10 per night per vehicle

RVs and Buses $20

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  • We live in Leesburg and when ever visitors come Cherokee Rock Village is the place we take them. It has a view of the lake and surrounding area are outstanding. Bathrooms and picnic areas are super cl...  more »
  • This place is great for all ages from the playground for the kids to the repelling activities. I love to hike then climb the boulder style rocks to look out over Weiss Lake. Later, I love to put my ha...  more »
  • This place is so cool!!! A maze of huge rocks! Clean, peaceful, great climbing & hiking. Best of all, its an awesome place to take beautiful photos! I wish i could find more places that are this photo worthy close to home like this. Worth the $6.00 to get access. P.S. Also Pet Friendly As Long As Dog Is On Leash & Cleaned Up After.
  • Magnificent and not to be missed. Gorgeous place with stunning views and breathtaking sandstone rock formations. Park is well maintained by Cherokee County. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Family friendly, with a nice playground for the kids. Beautiful place for tent camping.

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