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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
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Cars: $10 per night per vehicle
RVs and Buses $20
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Cherokee Rock Village reviews
Large area on a ridge providing awesome views. There is a $7 fee, more for camping. There are some serious and rocky trails which we didn't do. We had our lunch and walked around the edge among...
Large area on a ridge providing awesome views. There is a $7 fee, more for camping. There are some serious and rocky trails which we didn't do. We had our lunch and walked around the edge among... more »
Spent 3 or so hours exploring the park. Neat park climbing around the various rock formations and like others have said some great views of Lake Weiss and the river below. Visit on the weekend if.... more
Spent 3 or so hours exploring the park. Neat park climbing around the various rock formations and like others have said some great views of Lake Weiss and the river below. Visit on the weekend if.... more »
Beautiful! Headed here from Atlanta (just over 2 hr away) to camp for a short weekend, and found this place to be amazing from top to bottom. The camp sites (described as "primitive") were beautiful, lacking nothing but electricity (which is a plus in my book!). The bath house had showers available to all guests, whether you were staying overnight not. And the climbing - which is the main draw - is unbeatable in variety. Having not been here before, we took time to explore, and the climbing gear never even came out of the bags.
I have to say that almost everything about this place has changed. And I also have to say it is for the better. I hadn't been there since the mid 90's when my son took me there for Father's Day. I knew it as little Rock city and when I first started going there you just about needed a four wheel drive just to get to the top. Not anymore lol. It's $7 a car for all day. Everything is nice and clean. It's a beautiful place to visit and camp. I highly recommend you spend an afternoon hiking around there with family and friends.
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