Ruby Falls

Discover wonder at Ruby Falls! A favorite destination for 88 years, Ruby Falls is home to the tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public in the United States.

Descend 26-stories by elevator and then explore on foot during a guided tour along the scenic path to the breathtaking waterfall, 1,120 feet underground. See stalagmites, stalactites, drapery formations and flowstone plus learn about the cave’s storied history.

Take in sweeping views of the Tennessee Valley and Tennessee River from Lookout Mountain Tower, Blue Heron Overlook, and the Ruby Falls Village Plaza.

Extend the visit to include ZIPStream Aerial Adventure, featuring soaring zip lines, climbing tower, and obstacle courses in the treetops surrounded by spectacular vistas.

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Latitude: 35.018887 Longitude: -85.339767 Elevation: 1148 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Discover ancient geological wonders and the majestic waterfall hidden 1,120 feet underground on a guided Ruby Falls cave tour. The scenic journey to the waterfall begins with a 26-story elevator ride descending into historic Lookout Mountain followed by a guide-led walk along the cavern trail with up-close views of remarkable formations.

The round-trip walk is just under 1-mile and the year-round, 60-degree cave temperature keeps guests comfortable.

Choose from the Classic Waterfall Tour, Lantern Tour or Extended Cavern Experience.


Seasons Accessible

Open Daily

8am - 8pm, extended hours on select dates

Closed Christmas Day

For full schedule visit 

How to Get There

Just minutes from downtown Chattanooga.  

I-24 in Chattanooga, Exits 174, 175 and 178 will get you there.



Admission $11.95 - $29.95

ADA Accessibility Notes

Parking for guests with disabilities is available with a valid disability parking permit.

Wheelchair accessible venues include: BlueHeron Overlook, Village Plaza, Tree Tops Observation Room, Ticket Atrium, Village Gift Shop, Journey 360 VR Experience, Back Porch Dining, Ruby’s Kitchen, Restrooms, Cavern Café and Dining Area, Castle Front Porch, Tree Tops Event Center (coming early 2019), and Ground-Level Guest Services in the Ruby Falls Castle.

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 at


Pet Friendly Notes

Complimentary outdoor kennels are available seasonally where guests can leave pets while visiting Ruby Falls. 


I loved visiting this place when I was a child.

Lynn Gibson Christman, 12/28/2011

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