Ruby Falls

Chattanooga, TN

National Parks
3 (5 reviews)

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Address: 1720 Scenic Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37409, USA How do we get there? Number: (423) 821-2544
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About this activity

Picture this kids - the anticipation builds, the temperature drops, then you feel a cool fresh breeze surrounding you hear the sound of water splashing directly in front of you. Then, an invigorating mist!

Suddenly, there is light and your attention is drawn immediately upward. There you are, now staring at one of the world's most amazing phenomenon... can you guess where you are? Well, you're at the iconic Ruby Falls!

The journey we just described is your exciting journey taking you deep inside historic Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga to see the tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public in the entire United States! Now if THAT doesn't sound like a pretty awesome family day out, we don't know what does!

The trek to Ruby Falls will see you descend 260 feet by glass-front elevator where you can see with your very own eyes the ancient cave formations along the cavern trail to those thundering falls.

These breathtaking falls were actually discovered accidentally back in 1928 by a man named Leo Lambert, who named the falls after his wife - you guessed it - Ruby. Only a year later Ruby Falls opened to the public and now not only can you enjoy these underground cave adventures, but you can also take in spectacular views of the Cumberland Plateau, AND enjoy some more family fun on some soaring zip lines too!

From a cave walk to lantern tour or gentle walking tour, choose what is best for your family then just enjoy the adventure!

Activity location


Ruby Falls is conveniently located on Lookout Mountain and is just minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Exits 174, 175, and 178 off interstate 24 will lead you to them!

As always, parking at Ruby Falls is FREE.


Travel South on Broad Street US-11 S away from Downtown Chattanooga
Proceed to the railroad underpass. Broad Street becomes Cummings Hwy (Highway 41)
Continue on Cummings Hwy (Hwy 41) about 0.5 mile
Take the ramp on the left side of the highway labeled Ruby Falls (Scenic Hwy)
Ruby Falls is ahead on the Right


Take I-24 East to Chattanooga
Take Exit #174 “Lookout Valley US 11 Lookout Mountain”
Turn right on Cummings Hwy (Hwy 41) Continue 2.5 miles
Take Right onto Alford Hill Drive
At the stop sign take a left onto Old Wauhachie Pike
Continue to the next stop sign and take a right onto Scenic Hwy
Ruby Falls is ahead on the Right

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How much does it cost?



Ruby Falls: $24.95



Ruby Falls: $13.95 (Ages 3 to 12)


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2 years


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Ruby Falls FAQ’s

Fuel your adventure at the newly opened Castle Cafe in historic Ruby Falls Castle! Enjoy a seasonal menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and lighter fare in the historic limestone castle built in 1929. You don't have to have bought admission to Ruby Falls to enjoy the food

You can also grab and go snacks and drinks in the Village Gift Shop.

Guest locker rentals are available as a convenient way to safely store your items while on your tour. $1.50/locker

The Village Gift Shop is where you want to stop on your way out for those fun gifts, souvenirs and merchandise!

Experience nature and science in action at Ruby Falls. Students explore active stalactites, stalagmites, and other geological wonders on the guided cave tour which make the perfect field trip for students and schools!

Wheelchair accessible venues include: Blue Heron Overlook, Village Plaza, Ticket Atrium, Village Gift Shop, Journey 360 VR Experience, Back Porch Dining, Ruby's Kitchen, Restrooms, Cavern Castle Café and Dining Area, and the Cavern Castle Front Porch.

Due to natural formations, narrow passages and small groupings of steps, the cavern is not wheelchair accessible. Historic Lookout Mountain Tower viewing decks built prior to current accessibility standards are accessed by stairs.

Additional accessibility information is available by contacting Ruby Falls at [email protected].

As you might imagine, their park offers sensory stimulation including crowds, darkness. varied levels of lighting in the cavern, noises, colored and changing lighting, narrow cavern passages, music with volume changes during the waterfall light show, group tours, enclosed areas, close proximity with other guests in confined areas and waiting in line.

Currently, all tickets are sold online only. Walk up tickets are not offered.

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