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.
Daily 8-8 (Call to verify)
Adults $22.
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Ruby Falls

It's warm in this cave, so don't overdress. Our guide was very informative and friendly. We took lots of photos, and you will too.

[Bordeauxbarb, 03/10/2019]

Ruby Falls.

Ruby Falls

There's a 2/5 of a mile hike to the falls underground.

[Elizabeth, 07/26/2017]

Southwest Sundown.

Ruby Falls

This scene is called Southwest Sundown. Very cool cavern, with spectacular lighting and very impressive underground waterfall. Tour guide was quite amusing.

[James Yingling, 02/22/2017]

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]

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