CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – One of Chattanooga’s most beloved tourist attractions announced a major expansion Wednesday.
Organizers say the expansion will make it the most modern tourist attraction in the area.
Ruby Falls features America’s deepest commercial cave and largest underground waterfall open for public viewing.
The multi-phased building project begins next year.
In total six phases will continue through the 2020s.
It’s all to get ready for the attraction’s 100th anniversary in 2028.
Ruby Falls president Hugh Morrow said he’s been working on the the expansion plans for about two years now. He said, “There’s a lot of sweat equity and emotion in the this because we want to create a wonderful perception for people who come to Chattanooga to enjoy our attractions.”
The expansion marks an additional $20 million investment in Ruby Falls.
About Ruby Falls:
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. Tales of this cave’s huge chambers and winding passages have long been passed down from one generation to the next, and the cave’s whereabouts have been known by Chattanooga inhabitants for centuries. The rich history of this cave includes Native Americans, cave explorers, notorious outlaws, civil war soldiers, and even a president of the United States. There were many reports of explorers traveling deep into this cave, as far as 12 miles without reaching the end.