Alabama Caves and Caverns
Alabama State Caverns
Cathedral Caverns State Park is a publicly owned recreation area and natural history preserve located in Kennamer Cove, approximately 5 miles northeast of Grant and 7 miles southeast of Woodville in Marshall County, Alabama.
Rickwood Caverns State Park is a publicly owned recreation area and natural history preserve located 7 miles north of Warrior, Alabama.
Amazing Caves in Alabama
Originally called Bat Cave, Cathedral Caverns was opened to the public by Jacob Gurley in the 1950’s. The cave was renamed because of its cathedral-like appearance. Purchased by the state in 1987, it was opened as a State Park in the summer of 2000. Cathedral Caverns State Park is a publicly owned recreation area and natural history preserve located in Kennamer Cove, approximately 5 miles northeast of Grant, Alabama and 7 miles southeast of Woodville, Alabama in Marshall County, Alabama.
Neversink Cave Preserve
Long known and loved by caver explorers, the cave is considered by many to be the classic pit. It is probably the most photographed pit in TAG (Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia) due to the beautiful fern covered ledges (including some rare and endangered ferns), waterfalls, and other features. The pit is about 40 feet in diameter at the top and bells out to 100 feet in diameter at the bottom. It has been featured in countless slide shows and has been pictured in many publications.
The pit was closed in 1993 due to a change of ownership. The new owner was concerned about liability and about disturbance of the water pipe from the spring above the pit. The spring is the only reliable water supply for a home at the bottom of the mountain.
Be sure to visit the source of this information for more on Neversink: www.scci.org
DeSoto Caverns is a series of caves and a tourist attraction located in Childersburg, Talladega County, Alabama. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, it is touted as “Alabama’s Big Cave”.
Russell Cave National Monument
Closed to the general public. You can, however, go on a guided caving trip with the folks at True Adventure Sports which is a great way to get into caving. The caverns aren’t lit, and the tour requires you to do rappelling, crawling, squeezing, climbing – your everyday caving experience.
Tumbling Rock Cave
Tumbling Rock Cave is one of Alabama’s finest caves. With over six miles of surveyed passage, it offers beginning and experienced cavers alike a true wild cave experience. The large trunk passage, called borehole, is accompanied by a stream throughout most of its length. The borehole is occasionally interrupted by multiple intersecting passages with several rooms half filled with breakdown (giant piles of large rocks) Some of these passages become sandy crawls which can be fun as well as challenging.
Stephens Gap is a wild pit cavern, which consists of a vertical hole in a hillside. It’s 143 feet (43.6 m deep). It takes about a 2-mile hike to get to this cave, which is only accessible on foot.
Stephens Gap Cave Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Paint Rock, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The hike is 2 miles round trip. It starts from the open space where you park. (Details on where to park when you email in the permit). There is a sign labeled as the trailhead. Trail is easily visible, but just in case you can’t follow it, they have marked it with yellow flags on trees. The trail and area was recently purchased by the SCCI and is still being worked on.The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The Stephens Gap Cave Trail requires a permit before visiting. The permits are free and can be obtained at: https://permits.scci.org/
Rattlesnake Saloon Cave
Located in Blount County near the former resort town of Blount Springs, Bangor Cave is best known for its incarnation as a nightclub and gambling hall in the late 1930s. Some decades before that, however, it was a popular tourist destination for locals and for patrons of the mineral springs at the Blount Springs resort. Encyclopedia of Alabama has an entire article on Bangor Cave.
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Guided Tours of Popular Caves
|637 Cave Rd, Woodville, AL 35776||
|5181 DeSoto Caverns Parkway, Childersburg, AL 35044||about $20|
|370 Rickwood Park Road, Warrior, AL 35180||about $18|
|3729 County Road 98, Bridgeport, AL 35740|