Ruby Falls

Ruby Falls holds the distinction of being America’s deepest commercial cave accessible to the public and most-visited underground waterfall.

At Ruby falls, guests enjoy a guided tour through the fascinating cavern with its unique rock formations. The highlight of the tour is the sparkling 145-foot waterfall flowing out of the roof of the cavern. Visitors see the panoramic view from the Lookout Mountain Tower® or relax on the mountainside deck with a snack. Ruby Falls is open every day from 8 am – 8 pm. Guided tours depart every few minutes. Visit for more info.

Ruby Falls was discovered on December 30, 1928 – over 80 years ago!  Leo Lambert and a small crew spent 17 hours in the cave before discovering the waterfall. He later named the falls after his wife, Ruby.

The limestone excavated from the elevator shaft and cave trails was used to build the Ruby Falls Cavern Castle. Even then, Ruby Falls was making efforts to reuse resources and protect the environment. Today, Ruby Falls is thriving in environmental efforts, saving energy and reducing waste by using LED lighting in the cave and the recent installation of solar panels. Ruby Falls is the first US attraction to join the Green Globe/Green Certification program. 

Ruby Falls remains committed to the stewardship of Lookout Mountain, such as its partnership with Lookout Mountain Conservancy and the Guild Hardy Trail System. By embracing renewable energy and sustainability, Ruby Falls strives to give back to the local community.


ZIPstream Aerial Adventures:

Chattanooga adds a "new adventure above the rest" with a never-before-seen view of the Scenic City from the tree tops at Ruby Falls: ZIPstream Aerial Adventure! This is the first adventure experience of its type to hit Tennessee! This challenge is made up of suspended obstacle courses built in trees that include ladders, nets, walkways, bridges, tunnels and zip lines!

The ZIPstream Aerial Adventure is a partnership between The Adventure Guild and Ruby Falls, and is the flagship location for The Adventure Guild's new national ZIPstream brand of aerial adventures.

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Latitude: 35.018887 Longitude: -85.339767 Elevation: 1136 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

A Ruby Falls cave and waterfall tour and the ZIPstream Aerial Adventure! (see natural area for more)

Seasons Accessible

open every day, 8am - 8pm, closed Christmas Day

How to Get There

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


9.95 for children 3-12, $17.95 for adults

ADA Accessibility Notes

Limited accessibility

Pet Friendly Notes

A kennel is available outside where guests can leave their pets while on tour.


I loved visiting this place when I was a child.

Lynn Gibson Christman, 12/28/2011

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