Rickwood Caverns State Park, Warrior

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#25 of 35 in Nature in Alabama
Rickwood Caverns State Park is a publicly owned recreation area and natural history preserve located north of Warrior, Alabama. The 380acre state park offers tours of caverns with illuminated limestone formations estimated to be 260 million years old, blind cave fish, and an underground pool.HistoryThe caverns were brought to public attention by Eddie Rickles and Sonny Arwood who combined their own names to create the name "Rickwood." Rickles had come across the caves in the early 1950s as the leader of a Boy Scout troop exploring the area. Rickwood Caverns operated as a commercial entity from 1954 to 1974, when the property was acquired by the state and reopened as a state park. The funding crisis of 2015, which saw the closing or reassignment to local authorities of five Alabama state parks, resulted in the seasonal closing of Rickwood Caverns, which had been a year-round operation until that time. The park had been threatened with closure since as early as 2009. As of January 2016, the state was actively seeking a concessionaire to run all facilities at the park.Activities and amenitiesThe park surrounding the caverns features 380 acres of wilderness, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, picnic area with shelters, hiking trails, playground, campground, panning for gemstones and gift shop. Described as "mysterious and beautiful", the caverns feature guided tours of the so-called "miracle mile" of active "living" formations, spring-fed pools, and other curiosities.
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  • August 8, 2017
    I love this park there's lots of things to do here, have a picnic, visit the cave, shop in the gift shop or just relax among the shade trees  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Amazing.....It was spectacular..and I can't wait to come back next year. I was able to purchase a lil kit for my grandson some could pan for treasures..( and he will find some in this kit).. It was a ...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    Looking for something to do in the neighborhood with our grandson and cousin from out of state, We visited the Rickwood Caverns. Makayla was our guide through the cave. Knowledgeable and engaging she ...  more »
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  • May 30, 2017
    It's not as large as other State Parks...actually it's on the small side. The caverns are worth the trip though. Not to mention a great way to beat the heat. I think most people come for the pool which is fed by an underwater lake that you'll see on your cavern tour. There are RV hook ups...not a lot. And the pine trees are perfect for hammocks!
  • April 11, 2017
    Rode my bike from Empire Al and really enjoyed the trails and all the beauty of the land. Need to go camp and visit the cave. Soon enough Lord Willing. Love and Peace.. what a Beautiful example of God's Blessing to us. God Bless Alabama, The USA and the Entire World that Love be the first, last and everything we do. Amen.
  • June 6, 2017
    It's amazing. Has a pool and campground. But as caves go, there are much better and much larger ones. Nothing is bad but if you had to choose between here and say cathedral cavern. Choose cathedral.
  • July 7, 2017
    Very nice park, tour guide for the caves was great. Very clean. Good place to camp, picnic, hike, swim, or just hang out for a while.
  • April 1, 2017
    This state park has a small campground with sites that are close together and gently sloped. We stayed for two nights and were practically by ourselves the second night. Lots of trees for shade and places around to stroll. The bathroom facilities are modern and clean. The showers are the family, individual type rooms. This park is not big-rig friendly. The roads from I-65 are fairly narrow with plenty of curves. The campground roads are also narrow. I tow a 27' travel trailer and it barely fit into the campsite (site #1). The campground is fine for smaller rigs.

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