Rickwood Caverns State Park, Warrior

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#24 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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  • Pool, playground, camping, trails and a fantastic cavern. Picnics are great. We visit all the time. Pets welcome.  more »
  • I was skeptical about camping at Rickwood Caverns, but pleasantly surprised by the park! Being Halloween weekend at the other parks in the Birmingham area, we wanted to avoid all the crowds and finall...  more »
  • Our tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. The caverns themselves were fine, we saw a couple bats which doesn't happen a lot in showcaves. This cave doesn't have the large grand formations of oth...  more »
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  • Very small park. The cave was a lot of fun. The Christmas Santa's Underground Workshop was a huge hit with the kids. Other than the cave/cavern, pool, and camp ground there isn't much to do.
  • Great place to just camp and relax although the campsites are a little bit small it is still a good state park. The bathhouse is up to date and clean. Once it offers sewer hook up this park will be 5 star in my opinion...
  • Beautiful place with lots of hiking. The caves are great year round. Warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • We love this place!! The Christmas light experience they had this year was fun for the family. Plan on going back next year if they do it again.
  • It was a lot of fun! Great for children and adults alike! It gets 4 out of 5 stars!

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