Ruby Falls is the nation’s tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public. Discovered in 1928, Leo Lambert and a team of excavators found a breathtaking waterfall deep within Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Lambert named the falls after his wife, Ruby, and opened the Chattanooga attraction to the public in 1929. Today, Ruby Falls is considered a must-see attraction in Chattanooga with its beautiful scenic views.
During Spring Break the kids and I teamed up with another local blogger and friend and visited Chattanooga as it’s only a few hours from Atlanta, GA. Ruby Falls was kind enough to give us tickets for review. It is suggested you purchase your tickets in advance especially during peak season as tours sell out. Even with Will Call tickets, we had to wait because of how busy it was.
Ruby Falls Tours
There are three cave tour options to choose from. The Classic Waterfall Tour (Timed Entry Ticket Daily, 8 AM – 8 PM). The Lantern Tour ( Friday Nights February – November ). And the Extended Cavern Experience (Available Select Dates). We took part in the Classic Tour which was just over an hour.
Your tour starts by descending 26-stories in a glass-front elevator. From there you start your guided walking tour along the scenic cavern trail to the breathtaking waterfall hidden deep within Lookout Mountain. Our tour guide was a lot of fun and was great with the kids. One the walk, she would point out the different stalagmites and stalactites. Not to mention the kids’ favorite, seeing the drapery formations which resembled things such as Steak and Potatoes or even a Donkey. She showed us the original path and crawl space that was used and explained much more of the cave’s history.
The falls themselves are breathtaking to see. At 145 feet it resembles something out of a fantasy novel. There is a timed light show with various lights and enchanting music, which just adds to the majestic feel.
What You Need To Know
Of course, having a child with Autism means that there is always a chance of a meltdown due to being in new situations. Lil Man did great and enjoyed the walk. The tour is just under a mile round trip so it wasn’t too much for him. There are lights and music accompanying the pathway and actually, are perfect for a sensory seeker.
The pathway itself is paved and has no steep inclines, but sneakers or similar type shoes are recommended for your comfort and safety as some spots may be uneven. You will encounter some staired steps of about 4 to 5 each and all with a handrail. The temperature is 60 degrees (year-round). We wore jeans and tee-shirts and were comfortable.
Don’t forget your camera! The entire tour is very picturesque and the falls themselves are something you will want to capture. I regret not taking any video and highly recommend you do.
NEW To Ruby Falls
Since our visit, Ruby Falls teamed up with High Point Zip Adventure to bring more views and adventure to your visit. Soar above the treetops and enjoy views of the Tennessee Valley. There is even a 40-foot climbing tower with five routes of varying difficulty. If these adrenaline fired options are not your speed, don’t worry. The historic Lookout Mountain Tower and viewing decks are still open.
See for yourself why Ruby Falls has been a favorite destination for 89 years and continues to be a marvel today.
Ruby Falls Location:
1720 South Scenic Hwy, Chattanooga, TN
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