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Cave Adventures

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.

Cave Adventure options include the faster-paced, guided Cave Walk to the waterfall, featuring a general overview of the cave with pre-recorded audio, and our more in-depth Specialty Tours led by senior-level guides, with a smaller number of participants, and a relaxed pace. Pick your adventure!

There is always something new to discover at Ruby Falls!

 


Pick Your Cave Adventure!

Cave Walk to Ruby Falls

Reservation Required - Tickets Sold Online Only. Limited Availability

Discover the hidden beauty inside Lookout Mountain on the Cave Walk to Ruby Falls led by a Ruby Falls guide. Descend 260 feet by glass-front elevator into the mountain and 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, and experience the thundering waterfall!

Tickets sell out quickly and must be purchased online in advance. 

All admission is timed-entry for a specific date and time.

The Cave Walk is a faster-paced tour through the cave to the waterfall, featuring a basic overview of cave information with pre-recorded audio in a large group format. Cave Walk group size varies based on date and time of visit. For adventures offering more in-depth details, a slower-pace, extended time at the waterfall and a smaller number of participants, please read about our Specialty Tours.

Average Length of Cave Walk: 1 hour - 1 hour 20 minutes, depending on date and time of visit with 1-mile round trip walk.

Ruby Falls guests are advised to follow current CDC mask recommendations. Social distancing is not possible during the cave tour or in the elevator.  Keep in mind, an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any public place where people are present. 

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Specialty Tours

Specialty Tours are premium special-access experiences with more in-depth information from senior-level guides, a relaxed pace, smaller group sizes and extra time at the waterfall.

 

Lantern Tour 

Reservation Required - Tickets Sold Online Only. Limited Availability

Experience Ruby Falls in a new light! During this after-hours specialty tour, the cavern and its trail are illuminated only with hand-held lanterns, featuring a laid-back pace led by a senior-level guide, more in-depth content, a limited-sized group and extra time at the waterfall. (Children younger than 5 years old are not permitted on Lantern Tours.)

Available Select Fridays after 9:00 PM

Reservation Required - Tickets Sold Online Only. This popular tour sells out quickly. 

Ruby Falls guests are advised to follow current CDC mask recommendations. Social distancing is not possible during the cave tour or in the elevator.  Keep in mind, an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any public place where people are present. 

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Gentle Walking Tour

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

Available Select Thursdays at 7:45 AM

Reservation Required - Tickets Sold Online Only. Limited Availability

Enjoy a slower-paced journey through the cavern with early access to the waterfall, featuring in-depth historical content.

Ruby Falls guests are advised to follow current CDC mask recommendations. Social distancing is not possible during the cave tour or in the elevator.  Keep in mind, an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any public place where people are present. 

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