Rickwood Caverns State Park, Warrior

3.9
#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.
Using our online itinerary creator, Warrior attractions like Rickwood Caverns State Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Source
Create an itinerary including Rickwood Caverns State Park
map
Rickwood Caverns State Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
77 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • We went on a whim and it was great. It was a little over an hour and not difficult to tour. We had fun and our tour guide McKayla was very knowledgeable and fun! Would recommend if you want to see a c...  more »
Google
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Warrior

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Warrior

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Alabama by other users

26 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Gulf Shores BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, relaxing, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: January, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Alabama, Mississippi & Louisiana BY A USER FROM POLAND January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Huntsville BY A USER FROM HONDURAS December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 28 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Orange Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: December, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Gulf Shores BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, kids, popular PREFERENCES: February, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Orange Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans