Ruby Falls, Tennessee: The Tallest Underground Waterfall In America
By Sarah McCosham|Published February 18, 2021
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There are some places that really take you by surprise, immersing you in an experience that you know you’ll remember for the rest of your life. You forget where you are and are just completely in the moment. Ruby Falls in Tennessee is one of those places. Ruby Falls isn’t as much an attraction, as it is an experience. Sure, Ruby Falls is the tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public in the United States. And the mountain overlook directly overhead allows for some of the most spectacular views of the Tennessee Valley, Cumberland Plateau, and Tennessee River – not to mention epic outdoor recreation. But Ruby Falls is so much more than numbers or bullet points. It’s one of the most magical places you’ll ever visit.
Ruby Falls is one of the most incredible natural wonders you’ll ever see as you marvel at its magnitude and magnificence. You’ll be awestruck by this wonderful world we live in, where such beauty is possible – but often hidden. This is the experience that is Ruby Falls.
Accessibility: Due to natural formations, narrow passages, and steps, the cavern is not wheelchair or stroller accessible; however, Ruby Falls is happy to discuss alternative arrangements for guests with other special accommodations.
Pet Friendly: Pets are not allowed in Ruby Falls Cave. There are four shaded and fenced-in kennel areas available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parking: Parking is free; however, there is limited parking for large vehicles.
Seasonal Access: Ruby Falls is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. all year long, with the exception of Christmas Day.
Cost: Ruby Falls Cave Walk tickets are $22.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 3-11 (children under 3 are free). Extra experiences, such as the Lantern Tour and High Point Zip Adventure, have additional charges.
Other: Inside the caverns, it’s always a temperate 60 degrees, so dress accordingly!
Learn more about Ruby Falls in Tennessee by visiting its website. And if you’re planning a trip to Ruby Falls while visiting Chattanooga, you’ll definitely want to consider lodging at Stone Ledge. It’s an utterly charming AirBnB located on a bluff on Lookout Mountain that offers spectacular and seemingly endless valley views.