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“Amazing underground waterfall hike”
Review of Ruby Falls

Ruby Falls
Ranked #9 of 148 things to do in Chattanooga
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Visitors are wowed by this thundering 145-foot underground waterfall, a natural wonder within scenic Lookout Mountain.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Evans, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Amazing underground waterfall hike”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We bought tickets online, printed them out, arrived at 9:45 a.m. and walked right through the lobby to the elevator. On our way out we noticed that the line to the elevator had filled the lobby and was out the door into the parking lot, so arrive early to skip the wait. The hike through the cave was fun; the guide kept cracking everyone up. There are low ceilings and steep, narrow, slippery parts. It's in the mid-50's down there year-round, so my wife was glad she brought a hoodie. The waterfall is amazing; that it was discovered at all is amazing as well.

Visited July 2013
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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable attraction!!”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

We were on a family mini vacay in Chattanooga in July, just wanting to see what was around that area. We debated whether or not to spend time at the Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls, Rock City attractions. We finally decided to try Ruby Falls, largely because I'm a tad claustrophobic and the family enjoys my discomfort along with an interesting cave.

We were fortunate to get in rather early in the day and we ended up in a relatively small group. Some that we passed by later on the way out were much larger and I don;t know if that would have been as enjoyable. An elevator takes you down to the cave and once there the walk is easy, the sights marvelous and upon arriving at the falls you are treated to music and a light show. The guides are very informative. They do make a pitch for tips. Underground is cool but was actually very welcomed in July. We did not need a jacket or sweater.

Beside Ruby Falls is a zip line attraction associated with them. Parking seemed able and the visitor center seemed to have amble amenities. A very well operated attraction. I felt my money was well spent!

Visited July 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful and Great Learning Experience for Kids”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

We had an excellent tour guide that was funny and could answer any question asked. You take an elevator down into the cave and then walk along a trail to the falls. The guide tells stories about the cave and falls while pointing out interesting formations. It was interesting and the walk was not strenuous only slippery in places. The falls are beautiful as they are lit up and music is played. It was a cool place to be on a hot day. The price is a bit high but worth one trip.

Visited May 2013
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

I went into Ruby Falls on a Chattanooga native who didn't give Ruby Falls a good review, so I wasn't expecting much. Once you get in the cave, its very nice, but it's so rushed because of timing of all the ongoing tours, so you can't stop & look at anything. It would've been nice to slow down & look instead of just passing by. There really was no time for pictures because we had to keep walking, so no posing except for the actual waterfall (which wasn't that impressive) Our tour guide made this experience memorable. I think his name is Martin. Hes an older fellow, tall so you wouldn't think he'd like going in the cave everyday. But he was very very nice & funny & knowledgeable! He made all of us laugh. If I would've had cash, I would've tipped him!!! We ate at the grill only because we were starving. It was really expensive just for a hambuger & fries. $10 !!!

Visited August 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
236 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Very unique attraction”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

This was a very unique attraction. The cave rock formations, stalactites, and stalagmites were nice to see and the waterfall is beautiful. However, if you are claustrophobic, you may not want to go. The paths through the caves are very narrow and low.

Visited August 2013
Thank Nancy R
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