Journey to another world of pure amazement.
– review of the attraction (Chattanooga, Tennessee).
There’s no better place in Tennessee to ignite the wonderment of man in young and old alike than there is at Ruby Falls. With a motley array of colors, formations and America’s tallest and deepest public Waterfall, this place goes from normality to the realms of imagination astonished as the elements of nature can create.
We entered Ruby Falls by a long elevator taking us 260 feet down through Lookout Mountain. Leading our large 6 pm group tour was Kate and Kristin (who came in on her day off), that walked with us, pointed out all the geological features and was on point with all the cave humor. The cave itself was cool, comfortable and always staying at roughly 60 degrees. The humidity is 100%, which creates the perfect environment for stalactites, stalagmites and columns to continuously grow. There were so many rock formations to be had, some easy to see and others took a little time, but all were labeled and lighted. Some of the best ones to spot were Bacon, Steak & Potatoes, Tobacco Leaves and Donkey Butt and some of the harder to spot, but awesome were Angel’s Wing, Elephant Foot, Fish and Western Sunset. Everywhere you looked there was something incredible to see and take a picture of. Around us there was also some small cave pools flowing with water that had tons of coins in them. At first, I was upset at people defacing the cave, but was told that the money is collected and given to a children’s hospital. We finally reached 1,120 feet underground at the main feature. A waterfall discovered by explorer Leo Lambert in 1928 and named Ruby Falls after his wife. The waterfall was incredible! Aided by color changing lights, you could really see it in all its glory. If you ventured up front against the fence, you could feel it too and get drenched by its mist. After an adequate time at the falls, we headed back. Now, as we headed back following our guide Kate we could see everything again and find the stuff we had previously missed or were unable to shoot.
It really was a great tour and so much better than I had anticipated. As a perfect send-off, when you exited the cave you could ascend the limestone Cavern Castle, which at the top, greeted you with the most amazing views of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ruby Falls also has a night time special Lantern Tour, a Halloween Haunted Cavern and a lite up Christmas Underground. For the thrill-seekers there is a Zipstream Aerial Adventure with ziplines, ladders, sky bridges and a 40-foot climbing wall. Ruby Falls isn’t just a waterfall, it’s an amazing and magical place that everyone should check out.