Ruby Falls is a 0.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Chattanooga, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.2 miles Elevation Gain: 0 feet Route Type: Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

nature trips

walking

cave

partially paved

views

waterfall

no dogs

Ruby Falls is a paid waterfall attraction in an underground cavern. Developed as a tourist attraction. The walk is easy and the cave formations are interesting. The cave which houses Ruby Falls was formed with the formation of Lookout Mountain. About 200 to 240 million years ago (in the Carboniferous Period, at the end of the Paleozoic Era) the eastern Tennessee area was covered with a shallow sea, the sediments of which eventually formed limestone rock.[4] About 200 million years ago, this area was uplifted and subsequent erosion has created the current topography. The limestone in which the cave is formed is still relatively horizontal, just as it was deposited when it was below sea level. The Lookout Mountain Caverns, which includes Ruby Falls Cave, is a limestone cave. These caves occur when slightly acidic groundwater enters subterranean streams and slowly dissolves the relatively soluble limestone, causing narrow cracks to widen into passages and caves in a process called chemical weathering. The stream which makes up the Falls entered the cave sometime after its formation. Ruby Falls Cave features many of the more well-known types of cave formations (or speleothems) including stalactites and stalagmites, columns, drapery, and flowstone. The Falls are located at the end of the main passage of Ruby Falls Cave, in a large vertical shaft. The stream, 1120 feet underground, is fed both by rainwater and natural springs. It collects in a pool in the cave floor and then continues through the mountain until finally joining the Tennessee River at the base of Lookout Mountain. While Ruby Falls Cave combines with Lookout Mountain Cave to form the Lookout Mountain Caverns, the two caves were not actually connected by any passage. Ruby Falls Cave is the upper of the two and contains a variety of geological formations and curiosities which Lookout Mountain Cave does not have

hiking
19 days ago

Nice little hike. It was interesting and informative.

rocky
1 month ago

loved this small hike at ruby falls. it was a small hike in the Caverns to the biggest underground water fall. loved it

hiking
3 months ago

Touristy but very cool story behind the falls and fun for families.

hiking
3 months ago

We took our boys feb 19. Got there early wasn’t crowded. Nice time since they had never been. They have a lantern tour which would probably be cooler but we didn’t do it. Not really a hike since it’s guided but still a good time. We liked rock city which is right up the road better.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice tourist walk to Ruby Falls under ground. Does cost $22.5 per person. Worth the hike if you are the area and have time extra time to kill. Go early! Not so crowded.

4 months ago

Awesome waterfall in the cave. Very touristy and can’t go by yourself but cool experience.

hiking
fee
6 months ago

I had visited years back and saw it with the lights. I loved it then and still do. This time I took my niece for the lantern tour. It was awesome! We got the natural effect of the caverns, and they had raised a lantern above the waterfall. After seeing it like that, they turned the lights on without the colored lights. after that, it was lights out and back out. we would definitely do it again.

hiking
6 months ago

I'd say my review is a mix of what those before me said. Over-priced, too crowded, too slow for my kids with limited attention spans. But, it was a cool one-time thing. Kids were free, so it was $40 something for the 4 of us. There is an overpriced gift/snack shop at the end which was kinda cool. Falls themselves are cool, but felt too commercial with the colored lights and music (like a water show... instead of a natural wonder). Would have been cool with regular light, more freedom, and less people.

hiking
6 months ago

Decided not to go through with it, roughly $42 for a guided tour. I feel the pictures on here do enough justice.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful falls; however, it is a guided hike/walk through the cave to/from the falls. It is not at your own pace but there is a lot to learn!

hiking
8 months ago

A commercial cave with a nice water fall. A $hort hike cool in the $ummer

hiking
9 months ago

if you have a short attention span, cheap, or don't like popular spots. turn around now. some claim its fake. read on. The cave which houses Ruby Falls was formed with the formation of Lookout Mountain. About 200 to 240 million years ago (in the Carboniferous Period, at the end of the Paleozoic Era) the eastern Tennessee area was covered with a shallow sea, the sediments of which eventually formed limestone rock. About 200 million years ago, this area was uplifted and subsequent erosion has created the current topography. The limestone in which the cave is formed is still relatively horizontal, just as it was deposited when it was below sea level. The Lookout Mountain Caverns, which includes Ruby Falls Cave, is a limestone cave. These caves occur when slightly acidic groundwater enters subterranean streams and slowly dissolves the relatively soluble limestone, causing narrow cracks to widen into passages and caves in a process called chemical weathering.[5][6] The stream which makes up the Falls entered the cave sometime after its formation. Ruby Falls Cave features many of the more well-known types of cave formations (or speleothems) including stalactites and stalagmites, columns, drapery, and flowstone. The Falls are located at the end of the main passage of Ruby Falls Cave, in a large vertical shaft. The stream, 1120 feet underground, is fed both by rainwater and natural springs. It collects in a pool in the cave floor and then continues through the mountain until finally joining the Tennessee River at the base of Lookout Mountain. While Ruby Falls Cave combines with Lookout Mountain Cave to form the Lookout Mountain Caverns, the two caves were not actually connected by any passage. Ruby Falls Cave is the upper of the two and contains a variety of geological formations and curiosities which Lookout Mountain Cave does not have

9 months ago

breath taking views

hiking
10 months ago

pros: beautiful underground cave & waterfall. cons: over priced, crowded & a long, boring guided tour

10 months ago

Wasn’t impressed. More waterworks show than anything

hiking
private property
rocky
10 months ago

hiking
private property
11 months ago

I felt like a sheep going to slaughter. 2 hours of waiting, and 7 min to see a waterfall. That 7 min included about 30 people. So needless to say, I did not see much. It’s a tourist contraption. Would rather be on an open trail. But the family wanted to see it., of course the family got mad when they realized it is privately owned and only wanted money.

Sun Apr 21 2019

It was worth doing once in your life but I wouldn’t go back

hiking
Fri Mar 15 2019

Pricy, one hour tour. Pretty cool waterfall.

hiking
Sat Mar 02 2019

Interesting tour and waterfall but maybe not worth the price

Sat Jan 12 2019

Commercial Cave tour. Wouldn’t call it a tourist trap and the waterfall is not fake.

walking
Fri Jan 11 2019

Can be tourist trap, but worth going to see! I wouldn’t go if you’re claustrophobic

walking
Thu Sep 13 2018

Beautiful but low oxygen in the cave. Felt like I was going to pass out over half the walk.

walking
Sat Aug 18 2018

The cave is beautiful. The elevator ride down was pretty awesome due to the glass door letting you see the layers of dirt/rock. The walk in is pretty slow and the guided tour is pretty interesting. The fall is beautiful, the lights kinda give it that psychedelic glow. Worth a trip :)

hiking
Fri Aug 17 2018

BE AWARE OF THIS TOURIST TRAP, THE FALLS ARE FAKE! The water is pumped up from the pool below! When the lights go off at night the falls stop running!! It’s a lot of $$$ to pay for a con job.

Sun Aug 12 2018

Sights were incredible! Definitely a one time stop for me. Tours are too close to each other which gives minimum space when going through the cave. Other than that, one must experience this at least one time when in Chattanooga!

Thu Jul 05 2018

The falls are beautiful. The actual hike sucks. Its too expensive and too crowded. We were there Saturday, saw it, done, wont go back.

walking
Wed May 30 2018

You walk through an underground cave. Nice sight seeing if you are someone who wants to see the views but isn’t very outdoorsy. It’s a guided tour. Very pretty underground waterfall but your time is limited due to being in a group with other tourists.

walking
Sun May 27 2018

When I went there was a big line, but it is all worth it to see the place! Beautiful waterfall at the end that is definitely Instagram and Snapchat worthy!

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