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

Address:
1720 S. Scenic Hwy, Chattanooga, TN
Directions:
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.
Phone:
423-821-2544
RA Rates:
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Ruby Falls.

Ruby Falls

Beautiful views and a unique cavern experience best summarized as a commercialized tourist cave (not necessarily a bad thing). Plan for at least 2 hours and some lines to get in and through the tour. Tight spaces and dimly lit paths lead to the falls, and they've perfectly timed your experience with lights to ensure they keep the groups moving. Expect short waits for the elevator.

You can find several smashed penny machines with Ruby Falls specific designs. While very touristy, it's still a very unique experience that showcases some of the world's wonder.

[Lacey Snyder, 08/18/2015]
Ruby Falls

Ruby Falls is a must see part of Chattanooga, but the jury is still out on whether the "falls" run all of the time. There's a rumor that the reason the lights go out and the dramatic music begins is to mask them turning on the falls. Still it's worth a see. If you're more adventurous, visit during he month of October, when they turn the cave into an elaborate haunted house. Crowds are out of control so plan ahead.

[Morehub, 06/27/2015]

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]

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