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Ruby Falls, Chattanooga

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#1 of 104 in Nature in Tennessee
#Cave, #Waterfall, #Must See
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. Plan to visit Ruby Falls during your Chattanooga vacation using our convenient Chattanooga online day trip planner .
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  • This was truly the highlight of our trip to Chattanooga Tennessee.Ruby Falls was simply breathtaking.I don’t want to spill the beans but the waterfall and the end of the tour is absolutely amazing.  more »
  • had a very good time and was entertained. guide was good and just enjoyed myself. very enjoyable would recommend to others  more »
  • Must beautiful fall we've ever seen, we visited rock city and rugby falls both in the same day. This was a great experience, the your dude was awesome, the people were friendly. We had a great time  more »
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  • What a great tour! Used to go with my parents in the 60s and 70s, but haven't been back for over 30 years. It's almost exactly the same, except it's now $20 for an adult ticket! Be warned if you've never been - if you are claustrophobic or can't walk well, do NOT take the tour. It's a swift elevator ride down 260 feet from the side of Lookout Mountain into the cave. The walking tour is about an hour through the caves, with some slippery and uneven floors rock floors. There are low hanging rocks everywhere too. Now... It's spectacular! The guides are all very knowledgeable about the history of the cave, and there are prerecorded audio clips as well. After seeing some fondly remembered stalactite and stalagmite formation with imaginative names and creative lighting, the best part of the tour ended in the waterfall room. It is breathtaking, even without the well done light show. If y'all are visiting Chattanooga, this is a tour you must do. And unlike some other attractions, you can do it summer or winter!
  • We left Georgia early in the morning and arrived at Ruby Falls around 9ish. We walked right in, we waited a few minutes for them to gather enough people to actually do the tour. Which we were perfectly okay with. We were given an amazing tour guide named Grace. She kept the mood light and fun! The waterfall was absolutely and incredibly beautiful. I loved seeing this! I will be back
  • Fun family experience! We visited the day after Christmas and it was worth the trip to Chattanooga. Allow about 2 hours for the Falls and gift shop. I would suggest going as soon as they open to avoid the crowds. If you are in any way claustrophobic, please don't put your family or friends through this with you along. Also, wearing a heavy coat and gloves/hat is overkill. I was sweating by the time we came back to the surface. I would not take kids under 5 years old as it can be very boring for most and if your kid is unhappy down there, everyone in your tour will be unhappy, too. It's dark in many places, so bring your own flashlight to help navigate. Not handicap friendly. No walkers, strollers or wheelchairs and anyone not sure-footed will be a hazard to everyone around them. It's a good 2 mile walk round-trip. Oh, and go to the bathroom before you begin your tour. Other than all that...enjoy the beauty of natural rock and water!
  • Unique natural caves, extremely crowded, felt like cattle being corralled to the fall. The line to get in was 30 minutes, outside in 20 degree weather, not fun. Even if you purchased online, you waited in the same line as people buying tickets. Once in, the disappointing part begins. The tour guides are told/taught to be bubbly and try to engage the clients. It was a constant barrage of "Ready to see some falls? Woo!" Like an overly excited aerobics instructor. Other than one 3 minute movie, the guide provided no, zero useful information about the falls. In the narrow passages, we squeezed by other groups going the other direction with the guide always saying to some young person, love your shoes, great hat, etc. So instead of narrating what we are seeing, we get comments about people we don't know. But the worst part was the sheer volume of people being jammed through. Always being stopped and waiting for another group to squeeze by, one after another, to the falls and then back. Overall, it was not worth it to spend 3 minutes at the falls to endure the rest of it. Go somewhere else is my recommendation. And that's a shame because this could be a really interesting site.
  • Wait too long, but the falls were beautiful. I feel we were rushed through but I understand they had many people waiting. But, after waiting so long in line, I wish we hadn't been rushed through. The guide was trying to be funny but came off as a bit rude at times. Seeing the falls is well worth the money. I just wish the journey had been a better experience.

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