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Ruby Falls, Chattanooga
(3.9/5 based on 4,200+ reviews on the web)
A thundering underground waterfall, Ruby Falls is fed by both natural rainwater and natural springs. Located at the end of the main passage of a deep mountain cave, the waterfall creates a pool in the cave floor and then continues to flow through underground passages until it finally empties into the Tennessee River. Enter the cave to see the 45 m (150 ft) waterfall and several types of geological formations, including stalactites and stalagmites. For an in-depth look at this underground world of water and limestone, join a guided tour of the cave, or check online for your chance to see the falls on an expedition using only lanterns to light the way. Before you head to Chattanooga, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Chattanooga trip itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that Chattanooga has to offer, including Ruby Falls.
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  • Reasonably priced entertainment for the hour or so jaunt to the waterfall. I give them some A+ for the interesting rock formation names. Also enjoyed the humour of our guides that made a real differen...  more »
  • This was my favorite thing in Chattanooga the history given in the tour was very fascinating. You walk through a deep cave after going down in an elevator to reach the cave. Then the walk to the water...  more »
  • It's a little chilly in the cave in the wintertime. The cave is the same 60 degrees year round. It's a nice nostalgic family attraction to visit but especially at Christmas time. 
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  • A very nice cave tour with some interesting geological features. Certainly not the biggest or best cave system but still well worth the time. The falls are very impressive for a cave although the music and light show were a little but much. Your experience may vary but our tour guide was rather lackluster. She seemed only interested in regurgitating her script and rushing us through the tour. Other tour guides we passed along the way seemed much more engaging.
  • Loved the experience. Was told no problem to get there with 5th wheel in tow. VERY DIFFICULT had to go long way around and trying to turn around was a nightmare. If not towing anything. Expect to spend a few hours and enjoy. If you like nature and (guided) exploring it is worth the trip. Watch the little ones as it is possible to lose footing (slippery when wet). Be mindful there are low points and you can hit your head. I loved every second of being down there, seeing the waterfall, and the view from the tower. I will let you get your own photos.
  • Takes about 2 hours, or more if the line is long. It'd be nice if online sales allowed you to go to the front of the line, but there is no advantage to booking online. Extensive cafe trail system and the falls are quite remarkable. Knocked it down a star because of the tourist trap feeling.
  • While it is neat to see, it is not fun! The paths are narrow and you frequently have to lean against the rocks so other groups can squeeze by. We were a group of 20 (15 girl scouts) and they combined us with an additional 20-30 people! So a group of 40-50 people walking single file! The guides didn't seem to bother making sure the people in the back of the line heard the info about the caves. People were not kind and regularly stepped between our group separating kids from adults! At the end they almost let a 1st grader get on he elevator without a chaperone! I highly suggest skipping this attraction in TN, there are so many other great things to do. Once you get to the fall, you have about 5 minutes for your large group to see it and take pictures before the light is turned off and you are in the black!
  • The underground tour to the falls takes about an hour. The kids loved seeing the rock formations and listening to the stories and legends of Ruby Falls. Our guide Andy was fantastic; informative, funny and entertaining.