Cathedral Caverns State Park, Woodville

4.6
#5 of 50 in Nature in Alabama
Cathedral Caverns State Park is a publicly owned recreation area and natural history preserve located in Kennamer Cove, approximately northeast of Grant and southeast of Woodville in Marshall County, Alabama. The state park's main feature, first known as Bats Cave, was developed as a tourist attraction in the 1950s. Cathedral Caverns was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1972 and opened as a state park in 2000.DescriptionCathedral Cavern is a karst cave with a large stalagmite forest covering approximately 3acre. The public portion of the cave extends along 8ft wheelchair-accessible, concrete walkways for approximately 3500ft and has some 2mi of paths; another 2700ft extend beyond the end of the pathway. Some have been surveyed and explored; only experienced cavers are allowed to go beyond the developed trail. The cave system laid claim to many world records in its commercial heyday though their accuracy has been disputed.FeaturesNotable features of the caverns include: an entrance measuring tall and, believed to be the world's widest entrance to a commercial cave; the column known as Goliath, one of the largest stalagmites in the world measuring tall and in circumference; the large flow stone "waterfall," 32ft tall and 135ft long; an "improbable" stalagmite, only in diameter at its base and rising at a 45-degree angle from a rock formation to the cave ceiling 25ft above; the Big Room, 792ft long and 200ft wide; the Mystery River, which flows through the cavern and which due to limited outflow may cause flooding after heavy rain.
Use our Woodville online tour builder to arrange your visit to Cathedral Caverns State Park and other attractions in Woodville.
Source
Create an itinerary including Cathedral Caverns State Park
map
Cathedral Caverns State Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
326 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Went to the Caverns on a cross country road trip. One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Our guide, Ethan, gave us an incredibly informative tour, and went the extra mile to make the experie...  more »
  • Our second grade class visited Cathedral Caverns together. I was blown away by this cave. It is hard to express how impressive the Caverns are until you see them. The second graders were captivated an...  more »
  • My husband and I did the cave tour! We thoroughly enjoyed it! Our tour guide shared a lot of interesting information with us. We got to experience total darkness for a few minutes. The path within the...  more »
Google
  • Had a great visit here on a cold rainy day in March. Some of the natural balance was altered, but it's a touristy place, so it is impossible to not disturb. It's a pretty long walk with slopes uphill and downhill so if you have trouble walking, you may want to skip it. I didn't really care for the Christmas laser lights at the end as the cave itself is pretty magnificent, but I guess you have to keep the kiddies entertained somehow! I enjoyed my trip here.
  • One of the best cave tours we've been on. It was longer than any other one we've been on as well. The only thing is I wish they would discourage cameras. Not necessarily camera phones but actual cameras. It's very dark inside and when someone uses a professional flash its very distracting and painful especially to small children. We would definitely like to come again. The facilities were very clean and the staff was very friendly.
  • It was an amazing visit. It would be a nice and cool on a hot day. The tour guys were wonderful and we even saw a couple bats!
  • Amazingly huge cave, very accessible walkway that takes you far inside to see very interesting features. Penny was an excellent guide. Really enjoyed our visit here.
  • If you’re in the Huntsville area I definitely recommend driving out here. Our guide was extremely friendly and courteous. I learned a lot about the caverns. The total darkness was my favorite. It was a really interesting experience.
Places to stay near Cathedral Caverns State Park

Plan your trip to Woodville

  • 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.

Plans to Cathedral Caverns State Park by other users

3 days in Huntsville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Huntsville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Huntsville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Chattanooga BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM BRAZIL July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Fort Payne BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, outdoors, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM BRAZIL September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans