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Ruby Falls, Chattanooga

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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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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  • The wait was starting to get long when we arrived at 11am. The line moved pretty quickly from outside to inside to get the tix. Our tour guide was good with a sense of humor, a young 16yr old. The one...  read more »
  • Saw advertisements for years for Ruby Falls. So much to do in Chattanooga just never got around to it. Well we are glad we finally did. The people were nice and our tour Guide was nice and funny. He k...  read more »
  • My wife and I went through the cave and loved it. If you don't want to wait in line get there early. It gets busy fast!! The staff and guides were fun and engaging. 
  • We went on a bus tour to TN, reached before 8 in the morning and got the best view without much waiting and crowd. While leaving there were lot of groups in waiting. So plan early. Its a beautifull natural waterfall which is beautified more with the light effects. The trails in the cave to reach there are narrow but well maintained. Liked it!
  • The waterfall and caves are cool. The history is also neat. Felt a bit rushed with our group. If there was a no small children group offered, that would be great. A rugrat was not being controlled by his horrible parents. Also, tip - You should offer tipping in the gift shop where people get the pictures (via credit cards), for the tour guides. I would have tipped Andy, but didn't have any cash.
  • If you're not claustrophobic then you really need to see Ruby Falls. Being that deep in the mountain you really get a perspective on some people's sense of adventure. The natural formations are great and the waterfall is, of course, a sight to behold. During Halloween and Christmas they have special events here too that will both terrify you and inspire you respectively.
  • We enjoyed our first visit to Ruby Falls! The tour guide was fantastic. (Andy) I highly recommend going the minute they open so there won't be as much of a wait! Bring a sweater of you get cold easy!
  • Stay away! This place is a huge rip-off! Over priced to the max!!! If you buy your tickets ahead of time, you still wait in line in the sweltering heat like everyone else who didn't. The cave passageway is so narrow you are stopping every 5 minutes to let another group go by the opposite direction. The groups are huge, and often full of screaming kids and our elderly who can barely walk and do not need to be 25 stories underground. After your tour, you will wait another hour.... in the cave, just to ride the elevator back up. The falls are pretty and the guides are good - but the logistics and price make this famed attraction worth skipping! Plenty of other caves & waterfalls in TN, KY, NC, etc!
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