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Rickwood Caverns State Park, Warrior
(3.5/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Everything that has been said about the friendly and helpful staff is true- and understated! (1) We registered, then (2) bought tickets for the cavern tour and then (3) talked with the Ranger while wa...  more »
  • The park is a bit run-down and doesn't offer much beyond camping, a big playground, a pool, and the caverns, but the caverns are definitely worth the visit. (We took one of the two available trails an...  more »
  • We took a little hike before our tour of the cavern. Easy hike, about a mile and a half long. The cavern tour was good and Our guide made sure everyone got the most out of the visit. Lots of steps, so...  more »
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  • This is the little park that could! There is a cavern to tour, small campground with a few trails through the rocks beds in the forest. The place is covered in fossils! look close in the rocks! It has a small gift shop and the faculty is outstanding. I have past by this for years and never stopped. I am so glad we finally did on this trip. It is only two miles off the interstate making it a great rest stop and picnic area! The cave tour is a long hour so be prepared and be sure and take it.
  • Great family time! Staff was excellent and knowledgeable. Very limited tent sites but tons of RV sites. Would have preferred grass tent site but none available. All in all, we had an excellent time and highly recommend it.
  • The park is educational, and entertaining to people of all ages. Cave with thousands of years of history is center of attraction. The park has lots of picnic tables with grills and two good hiking trails. Definitely a worth visit in summer when the pools are open. Children's playground needs little maintenance otherwise a nice experience!
  • just moved to alabama recently.. found Rickwood while looking for a local park and have a day out. The caverns are wonderful. So much to see and learn. the girl who led our tour wasnt really into it, but it was still worth it. This park has so much potential to show case ecology, re newable engergy and other topics. I hope they get funding to do it.
  • Amazing state park. It is small but has a great pool and has caves. Pool has two diving boards and has shade in part of it all day. The playground is a little dates but the kids still had fun playing on it.