Ruby Falls at Lookout Mountain
Ruby Falls is one of the oldest and most popular attractions in the Southeast. The historic attraction has welcomed millions of guests over its long colorful history and continues to be a tradition for generations of visitors to the Chattanooga area. Back in 1928 when Ruby Falls founder Leo Lambert had the idea of opening a cave as a tourist attraction, tourism as we know it today was in its infancy. Little did anyone know that his "roadside attraction" would soon be a must see for families from all over the world.
The subterranean voyage to Ruby Falls is as amazing as the falls itself. With countless glistening stalagmites made from heavenly white onyx, millions of stalactites hanging from the ceiling and many rock formations with whimsical names such as “the Dragons Foot”, “Angel's Wing”, and the “Elephant's Foot” the Ruby Falls cave is a wonderland filled with many of nature’s hidden beauties.
Guided tours to Ruby Falls last a little over an hour and are lead by an experienced guide who shares with the group many stories and facts about the caverns and this historic attraction. The highlight of the tour, Ruby Falls, is a true phenomenon. This 145 foot underground waterfall runs year round and provides visitors with an amazing view that is only accessible from the tour. The waterfall is illuminated with state of the art lighting which provides an astounding view on this landmark.
A trip to Ruby Falls would not be complete without a journey to the top of the Lookout Mountain Tower. The tower provides visitors with an unobstructed view of the Tennessee River Valley and downtown Chattanooga from a point over 1500 feet above sea level. This must see panoramic view has long been considered one of the best from Lookout Mountain.
Ruby Falls is the perfect getaway for every day, even on rainy days. Due to its underground location, it never rains at Ruby Falls. Precipitation actually affects the tour in a positive way. Because the many streams in the cavern are fed by area rainfall, after large storms or days of rain, the volume of water is increased creating a larger waterfall and rushing streams throughout the cave. Mother Nature has also chipped in by setting the thermostat at 60 degrees year round, and due to the high humidity created by the waterfall it feels like a comfortable 70 degrees year round.
The highlight of the tour is Ruby Falls, the breathtaking 145 foot waterfall located beneath the peak of Lookout Mountain. While at the waterfall guests will marvel at the spectacular light display which takes place in the large vaulted dome room known as “Solomon’s Temple”. This room is over 145 feet tall and located 1120 feet beneath the surface of Lookout Mountain. This makes Ruby Falls one of the deepest commercial caves in the country.
A visit to Ruby Falls also includes the opportunity to enjoy the Fun Forest, a play area for the young and the young at heart. This area includes an interactive playground, gemstone panning and an amazing view of the Tennessee River Valley from the Lookout Mountain Tower. So feel the cool and gentle mist left behind by this underground phenomenon. Marvel at natures remarkable wonders and soak up the beauty of Lookout Mountain.
Ruby Falls is open from 8:00am - 8:00pm daily. Ruby Falls is closed Christmas Day.
1720 S. Scenic Hwy
Lookout Mountain, TN 37409