Chattanooga, Tennessee – Ruby Falls

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Chattanooga, Tennessee – Ruby Falls

January 19th, 2008 · No Comments

 We ventured out on a beautiful drive thru the mountains from Albertville, AL to Chattanooga, TN. It was December 31, 2007. We planned a day of fun filled adventures with the kids. Our first stop was Ruby Falls. It wasn’t crowded we really didn’t have to wait long for our tour to begin, always a plus when you have kids. They have tours quite often so even if it is crowded you probably don’t have to wait that long. It was amazing to say the least. We travelled 260 ft. down in an elevator into Lookout Mountain itself. They pack people into this elevator shaft tight, slightly claustrophobic but the trip is quick and tolerable. The layers of limestone were amazing as you travel down into the mountain. At the bottom, is the entrance to the cavern. You then walk thru corridors of stalactites and stalagmites and unique geological finds. And finally when you are about 1120 ft. underground you enter the falls. They can’t find the exact origination of the waterfall but it is amazing to see a heavy flow of water pouring from the ceiling down into the cavern you are in right before your eyes. The tour was about an hour, wear your walking shoes, the two eight year olds were slightly tired after the trek to the falls and back to the elevator, but they survived happy and amazed. They also have an area for the kids to play called the fun forest with all kinds of play equipment. The gemstone panning looked like fun but the water was off and they didn’t get to do it. They did sell the bags of mix if you wanted to take it home in the gift shop. Next we walked up to the Lookout Mountain Tower, what a sight; I love this type of stuff so I was in awe. They have free kennels available if need be. Oh and how cool that this is one of the top 7 wonders in the United States! We thoroughly enjoyed providing our kids with an awesome experience like this.

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