Caving / Spelunking

Cave & Cavern Locations in Alabama




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There are more than 4,200 caves in Alabama.
These are the most popular.


Cave or Cavern:

Cathedral Caverns
Crystal Cavern
DeSoto Caverns Park
Rickwood Caverns State Park
Russell Cave National Monument
Sequoyah Caverns
Manitou Cave
Location:

b/t Grant & Woodville, AL
Clay, AL
Childersburg, AL
Warrior, AL
Jackson County, AL
Off I-59, 35 miles south of Chattanooga, TN
Fort Payne, AL

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Caving, also known as spelunking, is the extreme sport of exploring caves. The world has a vast number of caves and not even half of them have been explored. Caving is a physical sport which may involve the following: climbing, walking, crawling, hiking, and swimming. Exploring unconquered caves is much more thrilling than exploring a cave where thousands of people have been. Many explorations take months of planning but spur of the moment trips are also possible if you have the necessary gear, knowledge of the cave and caving itself.

Caving can be very dangerous so adequate planning is required. Rescue attempts are difficult due to the terrain so be prepared in case of an emergency. Never go into a cave alone and without telling someone first. Preparation is extremely important when it comes to caving. That doesn't just apply to having the correct gear, it also applies to your experience and knowledge of caves. Caving can be extremely dangerous and it's not recommended you visit any cave without a guide, extensive research on the cave, mapping out your cave route beforehand and having the proper equipment. We are not responsible for your caving experience. We simply provide basic information about caves that is available throughout the internet.

Caves are natural wonders and should not be mistreated. DO NOT damage the natural creations caves have to offer. Unfortunately there are some who will ruin nature's beautiful creations for future generations. Many caves have been closed to the public to preserve them due to disturbances to the cave and wildlife. This ruins the experience for future explorers so please be respectful of nature. Remember you may be entering into an animal's home (bats, snakes, spiders, etc) and just like any home you visit all respect should be given. As always, do not leave any trash in the area of the cave; take more trash than you bring.



Cathedral Caverns, Alabama




Cathedral Caverns


Classification:
Karst Cave


About:
• Once known as Bats Cave
• Approximately 11,000 feet
• Hold four world records
• Widest entrance opening of any commerical cave in the world: measures 128 feet wide and 25 feet high
• Hold record for most improbable formation in the world
• Mystery River flows throughout the cavern
• Show cave but 2,700 feet is not accessible
• Room named the Crystal Room is open to the public only for the "Wild Cave Tour"


Website:
http://www.alapark.com/parks/


Location:
• Cathedral Caverns State Park
• Northern Marshall County
• Three miles south of U.S. 72 between Grant & Woodville, Alabama


GPS Coordinates:
34°34'24"N 86°13'20"W


Contact:
Phone: (256)-728-8193
Crystal Cavern


About:
• a.k.a. Alabama Caverns; McCluney Cave
• Small cavern
• Contains crystal formations
• Contains a large amount of corrugated tin and old Department of Defense water canisters


Website:
Not Found


Location:
Clay, Alabama


Access:
• Was once open to the public
• Road leading to the cave is blocked by steel gates
DeSoto Caverns Park


About:
• Once known as Kymulga Cave
• Main room is 12 stories high
• Contains actively growing rock formations
• Woodland Indian burial site


Website:
http://desotocavernspark.com/


Location:
• Childersburg, Alabama
• Talladega County
• Foothills of the Appalachian Mountains
• Near Birmingham on State Highway 75


GPS Coordinates:
33.29681°N 86.30639°W


Contact:
Phone: (800) 933-2283
Rickwood Caverns State Park


About:
• Underground passage named the "miracle mile"
• Passages with beautifully lighted rooms
• Contains thousands of sparkling white limestone formations
• Contains spring fed pools


Website:
http://www.alapark.com/RickwoodCaverns/


Location:
• Warrior, Alabama
• Blount County
• Take Hayden Corner exit from I-65, about 6 miles north of Warrior


GPS Coordinates:
33.879537°N 86.844864°W


Access:
• Park open year round
• Cave tours are seasonal
• Operated by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources


Contact:
Phone: (205) 647-9692
Russell Cave National Monument


About:
• Limestone formations
• Mapped length of 7.2 miles
• Natural spring flows into the cave
• One very large entrance
• Six entrances total, named: (3) Canoe Entrances; (2) Picnic Entrances; (1) Pig Entrance


Website:
http://www.nps.gov/ruca/index.htm


Location:
• Jackson County, Alabama
• Nearest city: Bridgeport, AL
• Take US 72 to Bridgeport, AL. Go north on County Road 75 to the community of Mount Carmel, then turn right on County Road 98 to the Monument entrance


GPS Coordinates:
34°58'27"N 85°48'12"W


Contact:
Phone: (256) 495-2672
Sequoyah Caverns


Website:
http://www.sequoyahcaverns.com/


Location:
Off I-59, 35 miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee


Contact:
Phone: (800) 843-5098
Manitou Cave


Website:
Not Found


About:
• Electricity was installed inside the cave
• Public park was created near the entrance
• The candlelit ballroom was a favorite meeting place for picnics and dances


Location:
• Northeast Alabama
• In the heart of Fort Payne, AL
• Located in the side of Lookout Mountain



Desoto Caverns Alabama



Cathedral Caverns State Park


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