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The two RV Gypsies and their grandson
at Ruby Falls on Lookout Mountain
July 3, 2011
Ruby Falls is a 145-foot high underground waterfall located within Lookout Mountain, near Rock City and Chattanooga, Tennessee. About 200 to 240 million years ago the eastern Tennessee area was covered with a shallow sea, the sediments of which eventually formed limestone rock. This area was uplifted and subsequent erosion has created the current topography. The limestone in which the cave is formed is still relatively horizontal, just as it was deposited when it was below sea level.
Ruby Falls - Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, tN
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies and the guide a Ruby Falls
Ruby Falls Cave had no natural openings and was not able to be entered until the 20th Century.
Can YOU see the formations described below?
Angel's Wing
Ruby's Drapery
Angel's Wing drape formation
Ruby's Drapery
Bacon
Bacon at Ruby Falls
Bacon at Ruby Falls
Beehives
The south end of a donkey going north
Beehives at Ruby Falls
The south end of a donkey
Cactus and Candle
Cactus and Candle sign at Ruby Falls
Cactus and Candle sign at Ruby Falls
Cactus and Candle sign at Ruby Falls
Dragon's Foot
Dragon's Foot at Ruby Falls
Dragon's Foot
Dragon's Foot
Totem Pole
Leaning Tower
Totem Pole  at Ruby Falls
Leaning Tower  at Ruby Falls
Elephant's Foot
Elephant's Foot at Ruby Falls
Elephant's Foot at Ruby Falls
Niagara Falls
Fish
Niagara Falls  at Ruby Falls
Fish formation at Ruby Falls
Potato Chip
Tobacco Leaves
Potato Chip at Ruby Falls
Tobacco Leaves at Ruby Falls
Turtle
Steak and Potatoes
Turtle at Ruby Falls
Steak and Potatoes
Western Sunset
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies at the Western Sunset At Ruby Falls
Western Sunset At Ruby Falls
Western Sunset at Ruby Falls
End of formations
Weight Watchers Isle
The grandson of the two RV Gypsies at Weight Watchers Isle at Ruby Falls
The grandson of the two RV Gypsies at Weight Watchers Isle at Ruby Falls
The grandson of the two RV Gypsies at Weight Watchers Isle at Ruby Falls
Alex at Ruby Falls
Onyx Jungle  at Ruby Falls
Ruby Falls
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies at Ruby Falls
Ruby falls
Ruby Falls
Leo's Passage
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies at Leo's Passage at Ruby Falls
The Falls are located at the end of the main passage of Ruby Falls Cave, in a large vertical shaft. The stream, 1120 feet underground, is fed both by rainwater and natural springs. It collects in a pool in the cave floor and then continues through the mountain until finally joining the Tennessee River at the base of Lookout Mountain. Different colored lights shone on the falls, but the photos all showed up in purple.
The Waterfall at Ruby Falls |
(3 photos and a postcard of the Falls)
The Waterfall at Ruby Falls
The Waterfall at Ruby Falls
Lights at the bottom of the falls gave the illusion that the water changes colors - but all pictures taken today by the two RV Gypsies showed a pinkish-purple color.
The Waterfall at Ruby Falls
waterfall at Ruby Fallsl
Walking behind the waterfall - Note: the two RV Gypsies came here again in 2014 with Karen's sister, and tourists were no longer allowed to walk behind this waterfall. How sad, because Karen thought this was the best part of the tour. The guide said someone complained, so they stopped it.
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies Walking behind the waterfall  at Ruby Falls
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies Walking behind the waterfall  at Ruby Falls
Walking behind the waterfall  at Ruby Falls
Walking behind the waterfall  at Ruby Falls
Views from the outside tower
View from the outside tower
View from the outside tower
A partial view of ONE of several parking lots
View from the outside tower
Ruby Falls Cave combines with Lookout Mountain Cave to form the Lookout Mountain Caverns, the two caves were not actually connected by any passage. Ruby Falls Cave is the upper of the two and contains a variety of geological formations and curiosities which Lookout Mountain Cave does not have.
look down
You may visit each of the seven (7) sections below in any order you wish. The page you are on is grayed out and cannot be chosen from here.
Dragon Dreams Museum
Incline Railway
Point Park
Rock City

Ruby Falls

Chattanooga River Boat
Cloudland Canyon in Rising Fawn, Georgia (2 pages)
go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have viewed all seven sections above, please continue on with the travels of the two RV Gypsies and their grandson as they visit Norris Dam in Lake City, Tennessee.