We were on our way from North Carolina to Tennessee to visit Jack Daniel’s distillery, when we saw signs of Ruby Falls posted along the highway. We had never heard of Ruby Falls, but what caught our attention was that the fall was underground. So, we quickly changed the address on our GPS and decided to head over to Ruby falls.
At that time, we had no clue that Ruby Falls is named one of the ten most incredible cave waterfalls on earth. Later, we found out that Ruby falls is also America’s deepest commercial cave and largest underground waterfall.
We had seen many waterfalls, but this particular one was special as it was a 145 foot waterfall located 1,120 feet deep inside the Chattanooga lookout mountain.
Once we reached Ruby Falls, we purchased our tickets in the lobby. Then we went down the elevator with our tour guide and the elevator opened into a beautiful cave.
The tour guide took us through the fascinating cavern with its unique rock formations. Once we were getting closer to the waterfall, we could hear the rumbling sound of water coming through the cave. It was an amazing experience.
We reached the end of the cavern and it was pitch dark and all we could hear was the growling sound of water. Listening to the gushing sound of water in dark gave me goose bumps. It was a thrilling experience. As we stood there in the dark, all of a sudden the lights and music came on and there it was, Ruby Falls, the sparkling 145-ft underground waterfall illuminated by full color LED light show. We gasped in astonishment as we saw clear water spiraled from on high. It was definitely a picture perfect moment.
After the tour, we visited the Lookout Mountain Tower that provides magnificent panoramic views of the Tennessee River gorge and downtown Chattanooga.
If you are visiting the Tennessee area, I would highly recommend that you visit the naturally wonderful Ruby Falls. Add Ruby Falls to your bucket list if you haven’t already done so.
About Ruby Falls:
In 1928, Leo Lambert and a team of excavators found a breathtaking waterfall located over 1,120 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. Lambert named the falls after his wife, Ruby, and opened the area as a public attraction in 1930.
Guided Regular Tour
The primary tour through Ruby Falls is a guided tour to see the magnificent 145-foot underground waterfall. Your tour guide will point out various formations and cave facts along the way.
The lantern tour is a limited sized guided tour of the Ruby Falls cavern with only lanterns to light the pathway.
Tips & Advice:
Minimum time spent at Ruby Falls is 1 ½ hours.
The tours are first-come first-served basis. No reservations required.
Plenty of parking available and parking is free.
Pets are not allowed on the Ruby Falls tour. There are 4 shaded, fenced kennel areas available at no charge on a first come, first serve basis
Wait time is usually minimal, and don’t worry, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied before the tour starts.
It's always 60 degrees inside the cave. The tour involves walking, therefore dress appropriately.
Photography is allowed
Please check the Ruby Falls website or call to check for updated tour hours and ticket prices.
Ruby Falls official website:
Here is the link to the Ruby Falls official website
Next on the Adventure:
Just about an hour 30 minutes from Ruby Falls, you can visit the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg, TN.
Whether you are whiskey fan or not, visiting Jack Daniel’s is a must. Here is the link to the amazing experience we had at Jack Daniel’s distillery.