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Cathedral Caverns State Park, Woodville

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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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  • Milton was a great tour guide, knowledgeable yet patient with my young grandson's unlimited questions. The interior of cavern was pretty amazing. I was surprised at how humid it was in the cavern and ...  more »
  • First of all, I love the lodge/gift shop where you buy your tickets. The cave itself was amazing and our tour guide was informative and hilarious. I cannot remember her name but wish I could (Caucasia...  more »
  • An adventure into the undergroung that I didn't know existed in North Alabama. Thought you had to go to Mamouth Cave in KY to have this experience. A must see for those in the area.  more »
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  • LOVED THIS TOUR!! BE ON TIME, the tour started at the exact time scheduled. The cave was well lit with mostly nice dim lighting which made it very visible while allowing it to keep its cave feel. Walkways were clear and free of debris. Cave was mild and didn't require much effort and the pace was steady but allowed plenty of time for those who snapped pictures regularly (like me) to catch up easily. If you are not one with photo fever don't worry once the tour is over the guide allows time for pictures and questions on the way out. The gift shop was full of gems and a few other things to buy including different little buckets filled with unknown goodies (prices varied according to color and size and showed what could actually be inside) awaiting you to purchase and actually mine outside!! We purchased a green, yellow, and orange pail. The kids found many listed items like gems and shark teeth, but also found a gem unknown in one. This cave proved to be a fun and knowledgeable adventure for families, couples, or those who crave understanding of all things underground!!
  • The caverns themselves are beautiful but would not recommend for children in strollers. There is a pathway yes but the pathway is 45 degrees in some spots. The tour is super slow. It's only 3/4 of a mile to the end of the tunnel but the tour stops for lots of fun stories and history of the cave. Great information for adults but we had crying children halfway through and had to turn around by ourselves.
  • One of my favorite places to take out of town guests. Its a nice hike underground. Take a sweater as the cave is 55 degrees. Recommend guests be able to walk freely.
  • One of Alabama's hidden treasures. A good place for the whole family. Our guide was very knowledgeable, with some great bits of information. Put this on your list of places to visit.
  • I want to first say, I'll be back. While my experience wasn't up to expectations, I feel like it had the potential to be better. What made it bad was that there were only two people for this tour. With the group being so small, we got the "privilege" of being taken on a golf cart. This is the worst idea possible. If not because we were rushed from one landmark to the next, then because the guide was speeding through like it was a race track. The only thing I could grab onto to stay balanced was a rail on the side of the cart; but if I didn't keep my hand on my leg instead, my arm surely would've been injured or worse. Everyone says the tour lasts about 90 minutes, and even the website claims that. Our rollercoaster ride lasted less than 40 minutes. We both felt unfulfilled at the end -- ruined the whole experience. My advice, go in a group of more than three people or reject any cart ride. Had I known, could've saved this trip.

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