Tours are sold out for June 6th! Tours Sell Out Quickly!  Buy your timed-entry tickets in advance for best availability. Tickets not sold onsite at Ruby Falls. Information on COVID-19 Response. 

Cave Tours

Adventure Awaits!

With its storied history, inspiring scenery, and geological wonders, Ruby Falls has been one of the Southeast's favorite destinations since its discovery in 1928. Exploring this remarkable beauty, located deep inside Lookout Mountain, is a memory shared by generations of visitors to Chattanooga, Tennessee. There is always something new to discover at Ruby Falls!


Tour Options


Classic Waterfall Tour 

Reservation Required - Tickets Sold Online Only

Limited Availability

Tours sell out quickly! In response to COVID-19, tour group sizes are significantly reduced. Tours are by reservation only, and tickets must be purchased online in advance. Guests are required to wear a face covering in the cave and elevator. Per CDC guidelines, children under the age of two should not wear a face covering. Ruby Falls’ narrow cavern trail and elevator to the cave do not consistently accommodate 6-feet of social distancing.

Discover the hidden treasures of Ruby Falls with a Classic Waterfall Tour. Led by a knowledgeable Ruby Falls guide, visitors descend 260 feet into historic Lookout Mountain to explore the cavern trail to the tallest and deepest cave waterfall open to the public in the United States. Learn the story behind the accidental discovery of the cavern, see stunning rock formations created over millions of years, and experience the beautiful lightshow at the waterfall. 

Available 9AM – 6PM, Monday - Friday and 8:30AM - 8:00PM, Saturday and Sunday (Eastern Standard Time)

Timed Entry Admission

The Classic Waterfall Tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. 

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Lantern Tour 

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 and limited-sized group. 

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

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

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Gentle Walking Tour - Temporarily Unavailable

A slower paced journey through the cavern with extended early access to the waterfall, featuring in-depth historical and geographical content and exclusive Ruby Falls stories with a senior-level guide.

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Cave Tour Trail Map

Cave Tour Highlights


Ruby Falls History