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Cathedral Caverns State Park, Woodville
(4.6/5 based on 260 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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful Caverns, great tour. Loved the walk into the Cavern. Campground is very lacking. Only 5 spots with electric and water. 
  • Had a great time here. We have visited a few caverns across the US. This one is probably the largest and easiest to traverse. Huge walking paths that are set in concrete make for easy waking, wheelcha...  more »
  • After many years of private ownership, Alabama purchased cathedral caverns in 1987. Alabama opened the caverns to the public in 2000, making it the newest and therefore less known state park. The cave...  more »
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  • Well worth the visit. Bit of a drive from major cities, but caves themselves are great. Smaller cave system than e.g. Mammoth Caves, but easier to walk and visually more appealing if you're into stalactites and stalagmites. Better choice for small children and elderly visitors. Recommend as a stop if traveling nearby. Adjacent campsite was small. Can't comment on facilities.
  • The guided tours are from 10 to 12 and 2 to 4, but that may change with the season, so check to be sure. There are covered picnic tables which we made use of. We got there early enough before the 2 o'clock tour to enjoy a leisure meal. The tour takes about an hour and a half and the path is paved but some sections are steep. The scene in the cave, were Tom and Becky escape from Injun Joe, was filmed here.
  • 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!!
  • A great attraction to visit if you're visiting the Huntsville area. The tourguide was great and the history of the cave is pretty interesting.
  • 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.