15 Things You Cannot Do at Ruby Falls Tourist Attraction
Tourist entrance at Ruby Falls
Looking back . . .
The story of Ruby Falls begins with the original Lookout Mountain Cave whose natural entrance is located at the foot of Lookout Mountain on the banks of the Tennessee River. Stories of this cave’s huge chambers have long been told to one generation to the next, and the cave’s whereabouts have been known by Chattanooga residents for eons. The rich history of this cave includes Native Americans, cave explorers, outlaws, civil war soldiers, and even a president of the United States. There were many tales of explorers traveling deep into this cave, as far as 12 miles without reaching the end.
In 1905, due to geographical limitations, the Southern Railroad Company was forced to build a tunnel along the face of Lookout Mountain and through some portions of the mountain for one of its lines. This tunnel intersected and sealed off the natural entrance to the Lookout Mountain Cave. In doing this, the Lookout Mountain Cave was completely shut off to the public.
Leo Lambert, a local cave enthusiast knew of Lookout Mountain Cave and its rich history and had even explored the cave prior to it being sealed off. He longed to reopen it to the public and devised a plan from which to do so. In 1923, Mr. Lambert along with a group of investors decided to enact his plan. His idea was to drill an elevator shaft from another point on the mountain to access the cave from the surface above.
Since that time, thousands of people, American and other ethnic backgrounds have visited this beautiful natural formation at the end of the Ruby Falls tour. And even today in 2014, there is no letting-up of the interest shown by those of new generations of fans of Ruby Falls, Chattanooga, TN.
Visitors enjoy the gorgeous view
Early entrance to Ruby Falls
Cascading waterfall near Ruby Falls
The Lookout Tower
The tour guides at Ruby Falls are very knowledgeable
But with all of this natural beauty, there are rules on how to act and not to act while taking the breath-taking tour of Ruby Falls. I know. I have been on this tour, but I was excited about being at this iconic locale to cause anyone any trouble.
So if you have never taken your family to Ruby Falls, read this piece first, and follow the
15 Things That You Do Not Do At Ruby Falls
- Do not try to take-over your tour and be a loud-mouth. The tour guides are simply terrific, but they will turn on you if you insist on breaking their rules and soon, you will be behind the wheel of your car and headed home.
- If you are at the back of the tour group, please resist the temptation to do wild animal impressions. These tour guides have met your type before and it will not hurt their feelings to ask you to leave.
- If you are on vacation, drinking and having a ball, either sober-up before taking this great tour or just continue to party. There is no room for intoxicated-idiots on these tours. NOTE: I have seen this happen and it was sad to see this 20-something escorted out because he was drunk.
- Do not hide behind the huge rocks and think you will jump-out and scare people. There are security measures at Ruby Falls that will blow your mind. If you are tempted to pull this or any prank, stay home or visit another tourist attraction.
- I ask you for this one favor: Please keep your “golden voice,” to yourself and do not sing while on this tour. Either the tour group or tour guide, or both, will stop your performance before you get your first standing-ovation.
- Coming on to the pretty tour guide is not acceptable behavior. Ever had your face slapped?
- Water pistols, water balloons and other children’s toys for you to use to annoy other guests will get you thrown-out so quick that it will take your breath.
- At tour’s end, you will see a huge waterfall (see photo at right), enjoy this beautiful work of nature, but do not try to jump into the waterfall and yell, “Yeaaahhh!,” as you look the part of an imbecile.
- Wearing believable rubber masks of animals or people are strictly-forbidden.
- Do not be so stupid as to try to bring any firearm onto the property of Ruby Falls. That is unless you are craving to be arrested and charged with a felony.
- Do not do anything to distract either the tour group or tour guide. The tour group is there to enjoy a marvelous tourist attraction and the tour guide is depending on this job to support themselves. Be a good visitor and obey the rules.
If you follow these 15 rules, I promise that you will have a memorable time.