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10 Photos Of Ruby Falls, Tennessee's Underground Cave, That'll Leave You Awestruck

03/03/2014 01:47 EST | Updated 03/03/2014 02:59 EST
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Tennessee may have Jack Daniels aficionados and country music fans visiting on a regular basis, but if you'd rather leave the booze and guitars at home, there may be another worthwhile reason to travel to the Volunteer State.

Ruby Falls might be one of the coolest waterfalls you'll ever see. It is America's largest and deepest public waterfall, standing at 44 metres tall and located 341 meters beneath Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, TN.

Here's what it usually looks like:

ruby falls tennessee

Pretty impressive but not exactly mind-blowing. Let's see what happens when you add some coloured lights. Bam:

ruby falls tennessee

If blue's not really your colour, Ruby Falls looks cool in purple, too.

ruby falls tennessee

It also does warm hues in a spectacular fashion. Bam:

ruby falls tennessee

While the waterfall is one of the area's main attractions, the series of stalactites and stalagmites from hundreds of years of water carrying limestone sediments is also a visual treat, particularly when lit up.

ruby falls tennessee

ruby falls tennessee

Before the falls became one of Tennessee's more popular family tourist attractions, Ruby Falls was just a massive pile of limestone rock. Back in 1905, Lookout Mountain shut down to the public due to railway construction. Twenty-three years later, an inquisitive cave enthusiast by the name of Leo Lambert started excavating the area and eventually discovered the waterfall.

ruby falls tennessee

Today, the addition of electric lights allows the cave and waterfall to shine in all shades of colours, including ruby red. But that's not where the cave gets its name.

ruby falls tennessee

Lambert reportedly took several people, including his wife Ruby, to show off the cave after he discovered it. While looking at the waterfall, Lambert said he would name it after her.

ruby falls tennessee

ruby falls tennessee

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