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Cathedral Caverns State Park, Woodville

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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. Some have been surveyed and explored. The public portion of the cave along 8ft wheelchair-accessible, concrete walkways extends approximately 3500ft and has some 2mi of paths; another 2700ft extend beyond the end of the pathway. 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.
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  • This is a must see cavern. The history is very interesting and the views are beyond expectations. It is a little tough going with some steep sloops on the walkways, but well worth it. The park doesn't...  read more »
  • Had a great visit!! Alex was our guide!! He was 18yrs old and was awesome. He knew his cave!! Very interesting!! 
  • One of the best caves in Alabama. This cave was closed for years but has now re-opened and is more interesting than ever> you can still see the trail that we walked in the early 1980's. This is a safe...  read more »
  • This was my 4th visit in the last 15 years, and my daughter's first. I've always loved this place!! I've always have had an excellent tour guide. My daughter (11 years old) didn't want to go but not long into the tour she was supper excited she went! The formations are amazing the tour guides are always very informative. Definitely worth going! This last time we again had an amazing tour guide who was training a new guide both women were extremely nice! Pictures don't do justice for this place, its a must see in person stop!!
  • Easily accessible, the visit provides a stunning glimpse into the beauty found "down under". You are led by well-informed guides through one of the largest caverns in the US. There's also a large, pleasant porch to relax on--filled with rocking chairs--right at the park office/gift shop. Worth a stop when traveling in northeast Alabama.
  • This place is pretty cool. The tour guides make the trip back into the caverns very interesting. All the kids loved it. I expected my youngest to nap through it but she stayed awake the whole time. I guess it was interesting to her, too.
  • When I first moved to the area I heard about this park and knew I had to go. Once you have one tour you have to go back again! I have been through the cave 4 times and the tour guides are always great and every time I enter I see something new. A must see!
  • Beautiful cavern! Great tour guide! However, I could not help but cringe after seeing several tourists touching the formations. I would like to see rules put in place and enforced to prevent this. I very much look forward to returning in the future.
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