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Cave Adventures   Shopping   Dining   Views   High Point ZIP Adventure

A favorite destination for over 90 years, Ruby Falls is home to the tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public in the United States. Discover hidden beauty deep inside Lookout Mountain on guided Cave Walk to the waterfall or a specialty tour led by a Ruby Falls senior-level guide. 

Pick your adventure and descend 260 feet by glass-front elevator into the mountain and explore the cavern trail to the tallest cave waterfall open to the public in the United States. Learn the story behind the accidental discovery of the cavern, see stunning rock formations, and experience the thundering waterfall! 

Take in the beautiful view of the Tennessee Valley, Cumberland Plateau, and Tennessee River from high atop historic Lookout Mountain Tower and Blue Heron Overlook. Relax and enjoy the mountain breeze from the front porch of historic Ruby Falls Castle and the Village Plaza. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Cavern Cafe located in the historic Ruby Falls Cavern Castle. 

Experience adrenaline-pumping fun at High Point ZIP Adventure, featuring soaring zip lines and a 40-foot climbing tower located in the treetops of Lookout Mountain surrounded by one-of-a-kind views.

Advance Reservation Required. Guests are advised to follow current CDC mask recommendations. Social distancing is not possible during cave tours or in the elevator to the cave.  

Ruby Falls Entrance & Ticket Atrium

The Ticket Atrium entrance features a stunning 37-foot waterfall mural, welcome desk, self-serve ticket kiosks, and guest locker rentals. Ruby Falls timed-entry tickets allow guests to make the most of their visit to Lookout Mountain.

Tours sell out quickly!  Timed-entry tickets must be purchased online in advance. Availability is limited. Walkup tickets are not available. 

Ruby Falls Village Plaza

A gathering place and crossroad to adventure, the Village Plaza is the perfect spot to relax, savor time with friends and family, and take in the spectacular view. Enjoy the mountain breeze while creating memories to last a lifetime.

Ruby Falls Hours

Varies by Season


Ruby Falls Cave Adventures

Pick your cave adventure! Looking for a faster-paced, guided general Cave Walk to the Waterfall with a larger group and recorded audio content or a specialty tour with a relaxed pace, in-depth content, and extra-time at the waterfall with a smaller group led by senior-level guides?

Guests are advised to follow current CDC mask recommendations. Social distancing is not possible in the elevator to the cave and during the Cave Walk due to the narrow cavern trail. 

Cave Walk to the Waterfall

Reservation Required - Timed-entry Tickets Sold Online Only 

Limited Availability

The Cave Walk is a faster-paced, guided walk through the cave to the waterfall with a large group, featuring a basic overview with pre-recorded audio.

Discover the hidden beauty inside Lookout Mountain on a guided Cave Walk to the waterfall. Descend 260 feet by glass-front elevator into Lookout Mountain and explore the cavern trail to the tallest cave waterfall open to the public in the United States. Learn the story behind the accidental discovery of the cavern, see stunning rock formations, and experience the thundering waterfall!

Tickets sell out quickly! The Cave Walk to Ruby Falls is by reservation only, and timed-entry tickets must be purchased online in advance.

The guided Cave Walk to the Waterfall lasts on average 1 hour - 1 hour 20 minutes, depending on date and time of visit. This adventure gives a general overview of the cave with recorded audio in a large group format.

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Specialty Tours

Lantern Tour

Advance Reservation Required - Timed-Entry Tickets Sold Online Only

Experience Ruby Falls in a new light! During this after-hours specialty tour, the cavern and its trail are illuminated with only hand-held lanterns, featuring a laid-back pace, extra time at the waterfall and limited-sized group. For ages 5 and up.

Social distancing is not possible in the elevator to the cave and during Lantern Tours due to the narrow cavern trail. Guests are advised to follow current CDC mask recommendations.

Friday Nights, After-hours 

Make reservation in advance, this popular tour always sells out quickly. 

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Gentle Walking Tour

Advance Reservation Required - Timed-Entry Tickets Sold Online Only

The Gentle Walking Tour is our most in-depth tour led by senior-level guides, featuring a smaller number of participants and a very relaxed pace with historical content, and extra time at the waterfall. This is the perfect specialty tour for history buffs who prefer a very gentle pace!

Before-hours on select dates

Make reservations in advance, this new tour is limited to a small number of participants. 

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Ticket Pricing

Cave Walk to the Waterfall

Adults: $24.95
Children (3-12): $13.95

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Ruby Falls Lantern Tour

For ages 5 and up

Adults: $39.95
Children (5-12): $39.95

Includes yellow miner's helmet for children ages 5-12
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Explore other great attractions on Lookout Mountain. 

Explore Lookout Mountain

Shopping

Designed to encourage curiosity in caves and geology, the Village Gift Shops offer an extensive collection of curated keepsakes and gifts. Tried-and-true favorites and new classics, including a rock candy mountain, make this shop a pleasure to explore. 

 

Dining

Fuel your Ruby Falls adventure!

Castle Cafe - Breakfast Pastries, Fresh Fruit, Flatbread Pizzas, Wraps, Sandwiches, Salads, Snacks, and Desserts

Located in historic Ruby Falls Cavern Castle, featuring locally-roasted Mayfly coffee drinks  

Serving Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Open 8 AM - 8 PM

Grab and Go Snacks - Village Gift Shop
Fresh Roasted Nuts -  Delicious cinnamon-glazed pecans, cashews, peanuts, and almonds. Available at multiple locations throughout Ruby Falls. 

Outside food and beverages are not permitted.

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Spectacular Views

Delight in breathtaking views of the Tennessee Valley, Cumberland Plateau, and Tennessee River from the historic Lookout Mountain Tower and accessible Blue Heron Overlook. Blue Heron Overlook is connected by elevated walkway to the Lookout Mountain Tower, where you can enjoy panoramic views overlooking the Tennessee River. Beautiful scenery is abundant at Ruby Falls! 

 

High Point ZIP Adventure at Ruby Falls 

Open seasonally, High Point ZIP Adventure is the ultimate zip line and climbing adventure located in the forest tree tops on Lookout Mountain. Featuring rushing zip lines and a 40-foot climbing tower, High Point ZIP Adventure offers incredible views of the Tennessee River and Tennessee Valley. 

High Point ZIP Adventure is a separately ticketed activity. Weight and age restrictions apply. Closed-toe and Closed-heel shoes required. Discounted Ruby Falls + High Point ZIP Adventure combination packages are available. 

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