Rickwood Caverns State Park, Warrior

3.9
#27 of 50 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 seasonal operation until that time. The park had been threatened with closure since as early as 2009. As of April 2016, the park reopened and is hoping to operate on a year round basis.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, 300 million year old fossils which are clearly visible in the soft limestone walls, 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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  • Had a great time! The tour was great and the guides were friendly and all smiles. The cave was beautiful and we even got some exercise because of all of the steps.
  • One of the best tours we have ever done! Our guide was fantastic! We highly recommend this tour!
  • What a wonderful park to bad the people Who run it is inconsiderate. Allnight long a pour dog is left out in the freezing cold freezing in the rain while his non caring owner sleeps in the house. These Poor dogs moan all day and cry all night for ever tied to a rope. These dogs are probably tied to a rope from a puppy and Never walked or set free to roam this beautiful park. Its April 8 2018 2 am and all I hear is barking sad dogs keeping me up And making me sad and tired all day. I have mentioned this over and over that this situation is causing me a paying quess To not enjoy my stay because of the constant loud barking that carrys across the park like a concert arena but these people only care about their comfort. Very sad.
  • Took the tour. Guides were amazing!! Very interactive. Then stayed at the campground. Very nice. Hiked one of the trails, definetly going back!!!
  • 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.
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