Ruby Falls

EASY 48 reviews

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 nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
0 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

nature trips

cave

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.

walking
2 hours ago

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!

1 month ago

Not as cool as it’s made out to be. Definitely a tourist trap..

2 months ago

The waterfall and the story of how it was found is beautiful. Worth the trip!

walking
5 months ago

Pretty cool on guided tour through the caverns to see an underground waterfall.

hiking
7 months ago

Very easy, but slow moving on the way in. Waterfall cool, but artificial lights and music kind of ruin it's natural beauty. A true tourist trap, but could be fun for kids. Having been to Carlsbad, this is not impressive at all...

walking
8 months ago

Developed as a tourist attraction. The walk is easy and the cave formations are interesting. How can you not love a 145' subterranean waterfall? Unfortunately, your time at the fall is limited due to the tour group schedule, but it was still enjoyable. Not my usual thing.

walking
8 months ago

Just Ok. It is greatly advertised all over the city. All is artificial: paved, lights, water, music. Not much left to nature. With long lines to get in and extremely crowded. Maybe a fun experience with small kids.

walking
10 months ago

Good family fun

scenic driving
10 months ago

I decided to take a trip to Chattanooga to visit Ruby Falls and it was one of the best decisions I made this past weekend. The line was indeed a bit lengthy. It took over an hour to get inside the vicinity. I enjoyed the tour despite my low level of claustrophobia. The waterfall at the end was very beautiful and I enjoyed every minute of the tour.

walking
10 months ago

Ok falls, a little tight in areas, some kids along the way were being rude.

walking
11 months ago

amazing cavern with waterfall

walking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

If your not claustrophobic and don't mind being close to strangers then do this! The falls at the end of this tour are amazing. More of and educational history lesson but cool none the less. We went on Memorial Day weekend so it was super crowded. My suggestion is to go as early as possible to beat the rush.

walking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Amazingly fun. Very colorful underground cave trail w/ photo ops along the way. waterfall was awesome to see.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This is a paid activity with a guide. That being said, for those of us who like caves, the waterfall is well worth seeing. It's lighted and a little cheesy but if you can look past the touristy aspect you will see a truely unique waterfall.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The story behind how this waterfall was discovered is quite cool :) Really cool rock formations and waterfall

walking
Monday, October 24, 2016

The caverns had a pretty light show, but it was way over-priced and very crowded.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Don't waste your time or money.

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Loved the falls - spectacular! The gardens and grounds were gorgeous. We really enjoyed our visit here. The trail was easy, peaceful. And the part of the trail where you choose to be daring and either shimmy through the extremely narrow opening between two large rocks in the path or be a wimp and just go around? Yeah, I just went on around.

There was a long line/wait to get in. We had to park quite a distance away. But once we were inside, everyone seemed to spread out so it didn't seem quite as crowded.

I highly recommend a visit to this awesome site!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

me and my kids had a blast. it was a lot of people. but worth it all the way.

walking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

I had fun on this tour. the tour guide was real friendly & it's fun seeing & learning about the history behind Ruby falls.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Lot of people, long crowded walk.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

this shouldn't be on a trail site. it's a VERY touristy area. You're charged $20 a person to stand in an overcrowded, really hot cave for several hours. it's not even real anymore. this cave was discovered before there were laws protecting them, so the original formations are almost completely gone. The ones you see are not real, or they have been brought in from other caves. The waterfall is pumped in. the natural waterfall is only a trickle. My ex boyfriend used to be the cave mataneince manager, which is how I know all of this! The only way you should ever see ruby falls, is go after a big rain (the waterfall is runoff and not spring fed so it can get really big and sometimes flood the cave) and only in the non peak season. Otherwise you are crammed in the cave like sardines, and management has not trouble just shoving you into their old elevator which breaks down all the time, causes customers to get stuck for several hours. Not an enjoyable experience for the price you're paying.

walking
Monday, April 18, 2016

Not necessarily a hike, it is a walking tour through a cave. Very interesting stuff to see.

hiking
Saturday, April 16, 2016

If you're in the area, this is should be a must on your list. It was about a one hour guided tour through the cavern. Quick stops with brief history behind the cavern. Once at the falls, there was enough time to snap a few photos. Even with the lights, it was still pretty dark, had to push my iso up a bit more than usual. Overall, definetly recommend. Family friendly, they offer kennels for pets. Gift shop and food if needed.

hiking
Monday, March 21, 2016

I enjoyed this guided tour at ruby falls. It was nice to learn about how the falls was discovered and to share this experience with my son. This could have been a greater experience if we were given at least three minutes to view Ruby Falls. After you take the long walk into the cavern you only actually get a small portion of time to take photos and actually enjoy the moment. Overall my group did enjoy this trip. The line was long to get in but it moved pretty fast. The cost was approx. $70 for two adults and two children.

hiking
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Nice and cool on a hot summer day!

hiking
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Not necessarily a "hike", but definitely something fun to do if you have family or friends in town and are looking for something to do. It is a tourist attraction of course, so it will definitely be busy on the weekends.

hiking
Thursday, December 04, 2014

Ruby Falls is inside a cave. The public entrance is atop Lookout Mountain. You ride an elevator down into the cave, and do a tour to the falls. We were there in 1990, and had to wait more than two hours to get into the elevator.

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walking
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