Ruby Falls is a series of underground cascading waterfalls of 145 feet (44 m) in Lookout Mountain, on the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the United States.
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Ruby Falls Tour Chattanooga Tennessee
Discover Ruby Falls Chattanooga
Leo Lambert accidentally discovered it in 1928, deep inside the rocky mountainous region of Lookout Mountain. Leo Lambert named this hidden gem after his wife Ruby, and since then, Ruby falls has attracted many visitors.
It is the tallest, deepest underground Waterfall in the United States of America and, therefore, a must-do thing in Tennessee. The drive to Lookout Mountain is scenic, too, with a view of the Tennessee Valley, Cumberland Plateau, and Tennessee River from high atop historic Lookout Mountain Tower and Blue Heron Overlook.
Distance of Ruby Falls Chattanooga TN from Chattanooga downtown –
Ruby Falls Tickets Type
Buy Tickets Online: Pre Reservation is required as it has designated time slots. You have to arrive 30 minutes before your time slot.
Ruby Falls Tour types –
- Cave Walk to the Waterfall,
- Classic Waterfall Tour,
- Gentle Walking Tour and Lantern Tours
On arrival, the whole group of that time zone is escorted by Tour Guide and then taken into Glass Elevator. With this elevator, you will descend 260 ft under the mountain and enter into Cave, where you will find stunning rock formations.
Why are there Caves in Chattanooga, Tennessee?
This Cave has some geological history in this region. About 200 to 450 million years ago, eastern Tennessee was covered with shallow sea, so sediments formed the natural limestone rock. But after 200 million years of that age, this region was lifted up and formed into a mountain with ridges and rock formations.
Acidic limestone water passed through rocks and made narrow cracks; therefore, many hidden caves were formed under this Lookout mountain.
Ruby Falls Cave possesses many well-known types of cave formations like stalactites and stalagmites, columns, drapery, and flowstone. The limestone in which the Cave is formed is still relatively horizontal, just as it was deposited below sea level.
About Ruby Falls Tour Chattanooga Tennessee –
Ruby Falls is located at the end of Cave in the Vertical Shaft. It is 1,120 feet underground.
The water for this Ruby Falls comes through rainwater and natural springs. The Waterfall then flows through the mountain and joins into the Tennessee river, located on the foothills of Lookout Mountain.
It is a stunning discovery by Leo Lambert without any idea of a waterfall that is too deep underground at the level of 1,120 feet.
Ruby Falls and Lookout Mountain are designated National Historic Landmarks and must-visit attractions in Chattanooga, TN.
Special lighting effects are installed in the Cave and near the Waterfall to get a glimpse of stalactites and stalagmites rock formations.
DURATION OF NORMAL CAVE WALKING & WATERFALL SHOW – 80 to 90 minutes.
Ruby Falls Tour Trail Information –
- The Ruby Falls cavern trail is a little less than a one-mile round trip.
- There are 30-35 stairs on the path that come in sets of 4 and 5.
- In many spots, the ceiling is low, so you need to check your head and bend down.
- There is no breathing difficulty under the Cave.
- The natural temperature of the Cave is approximately 60F all year round. This temperature is genuine and not maintained by any external control.
- Photography/Videography is allowed without using unique lights and Flash.
- Touching Cave and its rock formation are now allowed as it hinders the natural ongoing geological growth of the rocks.
- Ruby Falls is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. year-round.
- Tickets cost $24.95 for adults and $13.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Click here to buy tickets directly from the official website of Ruby Falls Tour Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- Parking is FREE for visitors.
- Ruby Falls Tour is a group tour and a guided one.
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Frequently Asked Questions – Ruby Falls Tour
Do we feel claustrophobic inside the Cave or underground?
Underground you will not feel that claustrophobic, and there is good breathing space, but it can be dark and narrow. Highly claustrophobic people can avoid it.
Is it wheelchair or Prams accessible?
No, it is not. The underground passage is carved out on a rough rocky surface with many steps and an uneven path.
Are there any attractions nearby other than Ruby Falls Tour Chattanooga Tennessee?
There are many other activities to do here other than Ruby Falls Tour –
- Ziplining over LookOut Mountains.
- Rock City, with 7 seven states, overlook
- Incline Railway
- Lookout Mountain
- Point Park
- Battles of Chattanooga Museum
Are there any special events or festivals held by Ruby Falls?
Yes, During Halloween, they conduct an extraordinary caves Horror tour – like Dread Hollow and Lantern Tour: Ghost Walk Edition throughout October.
Are photography and Videography allowed for Ruby Falls Tour?
Yes, all are permitted, but no use of Flash or special lighting techniques.
Can we sit underground?
There is no seating arrangement under the Cave or underground, and you have to walk all the time for about 1 hour to 1.5 hours.
Are there any washrooms underground?
Washrooms are present in the reception or ticketing area. No such facilities or amenities exist when you descend 250ft below by elevator. So go prepared before your tour starts.
Is there any eating joint or cafeteria at Ruby Falls?
Yes, at the reception area. Ruby Falls entrance has a small cafeteria and a small shopping area, The Village, where you can have your food and shopping done.
Note: I was hosted by the Charleston tourism board to feel Charleston city, but views and opinions are my own, not influenced by anyone.
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