Chattanooga, Tennessee: Ruby Falls

A 145-foot-tall waterfall under the earth -- dramatically bathed in unnatural light -- is the centerpiece of this cave attraction.

Ruby Falls

1720 S. Scenic Hwy, Chattanooga, TN
Near Chattanooga take the I-24 (West) split. Continue on I-24W toward downtown Chattanooga. Take exit 178 (Lookout Mountain-S. Market St.) exit. Take the Lookout Mountain ramp off the exit. Proceed through the next two stop streets to Broad St. Turn Left (south) on Broad St. Proceed to the railroad underpass. Broad St. becomes Hwy 41. Continue on Hwy 41 about a half-mile and take the ramp on the left side of the highway labeled Ruby Falls.
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Crystal Chandelier formation.

Ruby Falls

I enjoyed this attraction. Like all roadside attractions, it's a tad kitschy, and while the lighting can be a little overly dramatic, the geology is real. For a family, while on the expensive end, because of the lighting, music and video stops, it appeals to young and old.

[Shaun Bell, 05/13/2015]

Donkey formation.

Ruby Falls

The tour takes about an hour. The walk is half a mile through the cave, with all sorts of formations, before you arrive at the waterfall.

[Denise Martin, 04/16/2015]

Formations in Ruby Falls cave.

Ruby Falls

This is a truly amazing sight -- one that I will never forget. After about a half mile of walking through underground caverns, you'll be treated to a spectacular sight -- a huge waterfall. Great for all ages. And watch out if you're over 6 feet tall; you'll be doing a lot of ducking. Some of the cave walls get kind of low...

[Corey Miller, 01/04/2012]
Ruby Falls

Be sure you are capable of walking at least a mile and are okay in tight places. A lot of the time you are standing in a narrow area waiting on other groups to pass you to get out. Very confined. You only get to see the waterfall about 5 minutes before you are directed to the long, hot, route out.

[Dee, 03/20/2010]
Ruby Falls

Alas, this is a prime example of what _not_ to do in a tourist attraction. Everything is labeled, right down to the "shaft where so-and-so discovered the cave." Well DUH. They tell you it's right near the elevator; kind of redundant after that.

While the different formations are interesting, I find the whole thing ruined by the colored lights at the falls, as well as the "Yanni"-inspired music they pipe in (insert "ahhhhh!' here). Can we not just appreciate nature's wonders without artificial add-ons?

I found the whole experience disappointing... my advice is to save your money and head straight to Rock City. At least you have a nice view once you finally get to the top of the thing.

[Wagner, 02/23/2010]

This description actually makes Ruby Falls -- a commercial cave promoting its garishly illuminated waterfall -- sound great. Note: Rock City does offer breathtaking natural vista views, but don't let that discourage anyone. Its Fairyland Caverns section is eerily lit to display fluorescent painted characters. Hooray!

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