Ruby Falls

Currently Open [Closes at 08:00 pm]
  • Address: 1720 South Scenic Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37409, 37409, United States
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-4238212544
  • Fax: +1-4238216705
  • Ticket Price: 19 USD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Water Body, Waterfall, Family And Kids, Landmarks, Natural

About Ruby Falls, Chattanooga

Discover the majestic beauty of Chattanooga. Located within the Lookout Mountain, this thundering 145-foot waterfall with its sheer beauty has offered a thrilling experience for visitors for over eighty years. It is said to be America’s deepest commercial cave and is said to be the largest underground waterfall. As you reach near the waterfall, the tour guides will take you into the cavern by elevator and will lead you along a long pathway. This tour will educate you about the different formation of the nature. After the tour, you can relax a bit on the deck and enjoy the 360 degree view of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley lying below from the Lookout Mountain Tower.

Your adventure doesn’t end here. On the site, you can try the new Ruby Falls ZIPstream Aerial Adventure which is open occasionally. Besides, weekly lantern tours are also hosted in which you can participate. For kids, Fun Forest Playground is there to explore.

On a whole, this world of wonder has something for everyone!

Ruby Falls Information

  • Wear weather appropriate clothing.
  • Wear appropriate footwear as there is hiking involved.
  • For toddlers, infant backpack or front carrier is suitable while visiting Ruby Falls.
  • Handicap accessibility is possible only till the Ruby Falls main building.
  • Pets are not allowed only in the Rock city.
  • The Cavern Cafe is open year round offering deli sandwiches and pizza. Fun Forest Grill is open seasonally on the Ruby Falls deck offering short-order style dining. 
  • All tours through Ruby Falls are guided.
  • Cameras and video recorders are allowed.

Ruby Falls Ticket Prices

  • Children of agegroup 3-12 years - $10.95
  • Double Play combination (Ruby Falls & Rock City) - $35.90 (Adults), $20.90 (Children 3-12)
  • Ruby Falls ZIPStream Aerial Adventure – Extreme Adventure Pass: $44.95 (Adults), Children Adventure Pass: $24.95 (Children 3-12 years)
  • Add on Ruby Falls Tour to ZIPStream Aerial Adventure -  $13.95(Adults),  $6.95(Children 3-12)
  • Discount Triple Play (Includes Ruby falls, Rock city, Incline Railway) - $48.90 (Adults), $25.90 (Children 3-12)
  • Annual Pass – $32.95(adults), $16.95 (Children 3-12), $129.95 (2 specified adults and 2 children or grandchildren)

Ruby Falls Opening and Closing Hours

  • Ruby Falls will be closing at 7:30pm on the following dates for private events: Thursday, September 3rd; Sunday, September 20; and Sunday, September 27. 
  • Ruby Falls ZIPStream hours vary by season. Check the official website for details.

How To reach Ruby Falls by Public Transport

  • By car , exits 174, 175 and 178 off interstate 24.

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Things to Know Before Visiting Ruby Falls

  • 95% of people who visit Chattanooga include Ruby Falls in their plan

  • 45.58% of people start their Ruby Falls visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Ruby Falls

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

93.77% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ruby Falls

People normally club together Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel and Incline Railway Of The Lookout Mountain while planning their visit to Ruby Falls.

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    On 16-May-2017

    This vacation was a fun trip to the ruby falls it was fun and the best trip ever

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    On 16-May-2017

    This place was the best place to have fun with my Family

  • Loved it! It's an hour or so long down in the cave, and the tour guides are fabulous. The waterfall is the most amazing part, but there are some really cool formations and features along the way too. Definitely wear sneakers and bring a light jacket: it's cool and damp in the cave. Heads-up for the mobility-impaired: there are a few steps (4-5 at a time in 3 separate places) and tight passages, so it's not super accessible. It can be easily done with a cane, but a walker or wheelchair may not fit well on the main paths. Most of the paths are slightly sloped and are slick or wet in places. There are handrails almost everywhere.

  • I love Ruby Falls. We have went once before in the off season. I recommend going then. There was no wait and we had a very small tour group. That way they can talk to you and give you really cool facts. I brought my mom back and it was VERY crowded. It was still fun, but the size of the group made it impossible for the the guide to connect with us. Then something crazy happened! The elevator broke while we were down there. We had to wait a while and then we were shown to the emergency exit. They had us come out on the side of the mountain and vans had to make trips to come get all the groups. Some people were upset because of the wait. I thought it was pretty cool because we got to see some things that most don't get to see. The staff was extremely friendly and very calm about everything. They knew exactly what to do to get us out and they made it so fun. I would recommend this to anyone that likes a good walk, cave, and beautiful waterfall.

  • It is a nature's wonder. Caves were also exciting and cold. It was a figment of imagination- like elephant's foot, angel wing, Niagara falls, turtle, donkey images on caves. The view of falls was delightful. It is definitely a must visit in Tennessee. I went here with my family and we had a good time.

  • We had a great time! I can imagine how different the experience would be in a large group though. Our tour was small so it lead for a unique excursion! Winding through tight passages, ducking rocks and climbing up steps. (Sunday 7:30 PM) The tour guide was entertaining and funny and gave us time to check everything out and take lots of pictures. The waterfall was of course awesome and the lighting added some interest. It is a lot of walking and winding so wear good shoes. It wouldn't be a good option for walkers, canes or strollers. Overall it was a great place to take a break from a long drive and stretch our legs. Spent about 2-3 hours there total. The gift shop is nice and affordable too. 5 stars if their bathrooms weren't absolutely disgusting! They also say you have ten minutes at the waterfall. This is a flat out lie, you get 6 minutes top. After that they kill the lights and quickly shuffle you out of the cavern. All that hiking and climbing for 6 minutes 🤣

  • The falls themselves were outstanding. Like nothing you've ever seen. I mean it's a freaking water fall under ground. What?! Crazy. Aside from being a tourist trap that exits you literally through the gift shop, and the tour group that moves faster than sound, it was a fun experience. Just be prepared to dish out some cash. Comes with the territory of carefully established tourism.

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