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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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  • Been to a number of caverns, including Carlsbad and Mammoth Cave National Parks. This beats them all. May not be the largest but has more stalactites, stalagmites, and columns. Not a National Park but...  more »
  • Having been on a number of cave tours before, this one was definitely the most extensive and most interesting. Learning about the local history related to the caves was also very neat. Bring a sweater...  more »
  • Decided on a whim to drive to Cathedral Caverns and was not disappointed. The mouth of the cave is huge, really impressive from the very beginning. The cave has a very interesting history and is very ...  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!!
  • 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.
  • FREAKING AMAZING!! The parking lot is right next to the cave. This is old people friendly. There's little to no stairs. The cave is ginormous and has concrete paths and bridges.
  • Very nice cave experience. Guide talked a little too much. Excellent paved paths throughout. Highly recommend.
  • I went expecting this to be cool but it was even cooler than I thought! Our tour guide was both informative as well as funny. The cave was the perfect temperature and the lighting in the cave was perfect. An absolute must see!