Discover a Colorful Autumn Journey at Ruby Falls
As balmy summer days give way to autumn’s vibrant colors carrying promises of new adventures, there’s no better time to explore the wonders of nature. In the heart of Lookout Mountain, just a short drive from downtown Chattanooga, lies a breathtaking destination that becomes even more mesmerizing this time of year.
Nature’s Timeless Wonder
Ruby Falls, home to the tallest underground waterfall open to the public in the United States, was discovered accidentally in 1928. This hidden gem of a waterfall, named after the wife of its discoverer, has become one of the most popular attractions in the southeastern US. Pick from three types of guided cave adventures, see incredible views of the Cumberland Plateau and Tennessee River, zip line, stay for a casual meal, try some of Chattanooga’s best craft beer, spend the night in a luxury treehouse and enjoy award-winning special events.
Experience Unforgettable Fall Foliage
The sweeping view from historic Lookout Mountain Tower transforms into a symphony of colors, with leaves donning hues of red, gold, orange, and a spectrum of yellows. This sight draws thousands of visitors from near and far to witness nature’s masterpiece. An autumn Ruby Falls visit provides a unique opportunity to experience the convergence of two natural wonders—the beauty of fall foliage above ground and the mysterious underground world in the cave below.
Cave Adventures for the Entire Family
Pick a Ruby Falls cave adventure to explore the underground wonders. Each option promises an unforgettable journey. Just keep in mind, tickets for all adventures are sold online at rubyfalls.com and advance ticket purchase is required.
Gentle Walking Tours
Ideal for history lovers and anyone preferring a very gentle pace, Gentle Walking Tours walking tours provide early-access to the waterfall and in-depth historical and geological content with a senior-level guide.
During after-hour Lantern Tours, the cave is illuminated only by the light of hand-held lanterns. Rock formations take on intriguing dimensions as guides share stories and lite the waterfall using a system of pulleys and lanterns.
The guided express Cave Walk to the waterfall features a basic overview of the cave with video and audio presentations in a large group format.
Tips for Visiting Ruby Falls
Dont worry about weather
Chattanooga’s fall weather is dreamy, and it’s always 60 degrees in the cave making it an ideal place to escape unpredictable weather.
Purchase Tickets Online in Advance of Your Visit
Ruby Falls is a popular destination. Book your tour and event tickets in advance to secure your spot.
Arrive Early or Stay Later
Plan an extra 30 minutes to take in the incredible views from Lookout Mountain Tower.
Capture the Moments
Capture stunning fall colors from plenty of gorgeous spots and opt to utilize the park’s professional photography service for family photos.
Relax in the Cafe
Indulge in treats, a casual meal, warm drinks, and local craft beer at the on-site café while soaking in the fall vibes. The café’s fireplace is irresistible!
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