Advance Online Reservation Required. Tickets not sold onsite at Ruby Falls. Information on COVID-19 Response. 

Lantern Tour: Ghost Walk Edition

Lantern Tour: Ghost Walk Edition

Get in the Halloween spirit with a special edition tour featuring ghost stories from the 91-year history of Ruby Falls and related legends of Chattanooga. On your way to the waterfall, hear the tales and visit the sites of peculiar encounters, mischievous mayhem, and tragedy while exploring the cavern by the light of handheld lanterns.

This tour is not appropriate for children under the age of 12.

A face covering is required as Ruby Falls narrow cavern trail and elevator to the cave do not consistently accommodate 6 feet of social distancing. 

After-hours on select Thursday and Saturday nights in October. 

This NEW tour is expected to sell-out quickly. Make reservation in advance, tickets are limited. 

Ruby Falls cave adventures are modified for current recommended COVID-19 precautions. 


Dates & Hours

Select Dates in October

Starting at 9:00 PM

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Not appropriate for children under the age of 12.

Lantern Tour: Ghost Walk Edition Event Highlights Include:

High Point ZIP Adventure

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High Point ZIP Adventure Event Highlights Include:

Discovery Day

Celebrate the 91st anniversary of the discovery of Ruby Falls! The first 91 guests to arrive at Ruby Falls will receive the original $2 rate* for the Classic Waterfall Tour and a keepsake postcard as we commemorate the incredible journey of Leo Lambert.

*Discount valid for on-site ticket sales for first 91 guests.

Dates & Hours

December 30th

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The first 91 people will experience the breathtaking Ruby Falls for the original admission price of $2.

Discovery Day Event Highlights Include:

Keepsake Postcard Discovery Day Flyer Original $2 Admission for First 91 Guests

Dread Hollow

Located Off-Site at 321 Browns Ferry Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419

A legendary, fright-filled evening at Dread Hollow is a Halloween tradition in Chattanooga. Named a 2019 Top 5 Must-See Haunt in Tennessee by TheScareFactor.com, the 2018 #1 fan-voted haunt in the nation on ScurryFace.com, and a Top 10 Must-See Haunt in Tennessee by TheScareFactor.com fans in 2017 & 2018!

The nightmare returns in 2020 with three terrifying all-new haunts and three twisted escape rooms. 

Tickets Sold Online Only. Masks Required.

Not recommended for children under 12.

Visit DreadHollow Website

Dates & Hours

October 1 - November 1

Thursday - Sunday Nights
Hours Vary by Night

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All prices include tax.

All tickets are nonrefundable.

*WARNING: This is an adult event with blood, violence and gore. Not recommended for children ages 12 & under. Viewer discretion advised when viewing DreadHollow.com

Visit Dread Hollow’s Website

Dread Hollow Event Highlights Include:

20,000 Square Feet of Hair-Raising Thrills New Themes Every Year Extreme Escape Rooms (separately ticketed) 3 Haunts - 1 Location
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National Day of Caves and Karst

In honor of the matchless educational and recreational opportunities found in irreplaceable caves and karst, the National Caves Association (NCA) announces the fourth annual, National Day of Caves and Karst on June 6. This special day raises awareness of the crucial roles both caves and karsts play in our lives and environment. Tennessee has over 10,000 known caves, more than any other state. Caves and karst are rich in natural resources, including the most productive groundwater on earth with 175 different minerals; some of which are found only in caves.

Explore the caverns of Ruby Falls to celebrate National Day of Caves & Karst!

Interesting Cave Facts

Caves often provide homes and shelter for a variety of animals. In fact, cave dwelling animals are divided into 3 categories; troglobites (cave fish or crawfish), troglogenes (bears and bats), and troglophiles (salamanders and cave crickets). Since Ruby Falls is a cavern with no natural entrance, it's unlikely you'll see any critters on your tour.

After the formation of Ruby Falls cave, a surface stream entered the cavern and left deposits of sand & gravel along the walls. It was during this time that a sinkhole developed near the head of the stream and allowed great amounts of water to enter the cave. The action of the water carved out the dome area where the waterfall is now located. The progress of the creation of the falls room can be observed by studying the smooth sides of the limestone walls. This area sometimes referred to as “Solomon’s Temple”.

Researchers learn a lot from caves in many ways you may not realize. By studying broken formations, historical weather trends dating back hundreds of thousands of years are discovered. Universities have partnered with privately-owned caves to learn how bacteria can play a role in the development of new antibiotics and cancer treatments.

We’ve only discovered approximately 1% of all the caves on Earth. Caves are found throughout the world, but only a small portion of them have been explored and documented by cavers. 

The rate at which formations grow varies from cave to cave and can actually vary from place to place in the same cave. The rate is affected by the amount of ground water and minerals moving through the rocks, air circulation in the cave, temperature of the cave, and relative humidity. The average growth rate is one cubic inch every one hundred to one hundred fifty years. 

Dates & Hours

June 6

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National Day of Caves and Karst Event Highlights Include:

1oo Million Steps in March

We're supporting the mission of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women in a big way by accepting the challenge to walk 100 million steps at Ruby Falls in March! Come get active by walking the cavern trail and show your participation in reaching our goal by signing the 100-Million Steps banner. Take home a complimentary special-edition souvenir recipe card. Together, we can take steps to have a healthier heart and create amazing memories along the way. 

Dates & Hours

March 1 - 31

Pricing & Booking

Included with Ruby Falls admission

1oo Million Steps in March Event Highlights Include:

Supporting AHA Go Red for Women Healthy Selfie Station Complimentary Heart-Healthy Recipe Card Prize Drawings

Gentle Walking Tour

Early-access tour featuring a slower-paced journey along the cavern trail with extra time at the waterfall. Senior-level guides share in-depth historical and geological content focused on the ecelectic history of Ruby Falls and how science and nature created the cavern's ancient geological formations.  

Reservations required as the tour is limited to a small number of participants. 

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Due to the pace and in-depth content, Ruby Falls Gentle Walking Tour is recommended for adults and ages 12 and up.

Gentle Walking Tour Event Highlights Include:

Extended Time at Waterfall Slower-Paced Journey Detailed Geology and Historical Information Early-Access
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Battle Below the Clouds

In response to COVID-19, 

Battle Below the Clouds has been postponed.

Our hope is to reschedule the event later in 2020.

Please check back for updates. Thank you for your understanding.

Amateur grillers and smokers compete for bragging rights as Chattanooga's best backyard cooks at the 6th annual Ruby Falls Battle Below the Clouds BBQ cook off. Independent judges select the Best Pulled Pork, Best Ribs, and Grand Champion. Test your grill skills while enjoying live bluegrass music, BBQ, prizes, and giveaways.  

This event raises funds to provide fun, year-round activities for kids with pediatric cancer and their families through the Lana’s Love Foundation. 


Contest Details: 

Team Registration Deadline: April 17 
Event Date: Saturday, April 25

Team Check-in & Set up: April 24, 4:30 - 7:30 PM

Cook-Off  6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Judging begins at 4:30 PM

Door Prizes Winners Announced 4:30 PM*

CLICK HERE for competition details and rules.

Register to compete at lanaslove.com 

*Must be present to win.

Dates & Hours

Saturday, April 25

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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Free for Spectators! BBQ Available for Purchase

Competition entry fees provide year-round FUN activities for kids with pediatric cancer and their families through Lana's Love Foundation. 

Team Registration and Cook-Off Rules Available at Lanaslove.com. Registration Opens March 6 

Battle Below the Clouds Event Highlights Include:

Amateur BBQ Contest Best BBQ Awards Live Bluegrass Bands Activities for Children BBQ for Purchase Prize Drawings Benefiting Lana's Love Foundation

Lantern Tours

Experience Ruby Falls in a new light! Discover the wonder of the cavern like Leo Lambert in 1928. During this specialty tour, the cavern and falls are illuminated with only hand-held lanterns. Rock formations and shadows take on intriguing dimensions as elite guides share stories exclusive to this tour. You'll hear the sound of the thundering falls before you see it as a system of pulleys and lanterns light the waterfall to create a moment you'll always remember.

Lantern Tours are a unique way to explore the falls and cavern after hours with a fun, extended tour featuring a laid-back pace and limited-sized group. 

Friday Nights, February - November and by Advanced Request for Groups of 8 or More

Ruby Falls cave adventures are modified for current recommended COVID-19 precautions. 

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Dates & Hours

Fridays, February - November

After-Hours Tour
Additional dates available for groups of 8 or more if requested at least 2 weeks in advance.

Pricing & Booking

$32.95 per person

Admission includes miner's helmet for children ages 5-12

*Children under 5 years of age are not permitted on the Lantern Tour. 

To make Tour Reservations, please book online.

Lantern Tours Event Highlights Include:

After Hours Tour Cavern Lit Only By Hand-Held Lanterns Guides share lore and tales about the cave and its storied history
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Romance at Ruby

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a romantic evening at Ruby Falls. This date night includes a special Lantern Tour, professional keepsake photo and gift. Hear tales of local legendary romances including the love story of Leo Lambert and his wife, Ruby, that led to the discovery of the magnificent Ruby Falls. 

Dates & Hours

February 2021

After-hours reservations vary by date
Please arrive 30 minutes early to enjoy the moonlit view from historic Lookout Mountain Tower

Pricing & Booking

$74.95 per couple

By reservation only, please book online

Romance at Ruby Event Highlights Include:

Specialty Lantern Tour Souvenir Photo Special Gift Storytelling of local legendary romances