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. The first feature most people notice about Cathedral Caverns is its massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high, a possible world record for commercial caves.
The grand entrance is only the beginning. Inside the cavern are some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created including “Goliath”- one of the largest stalagmites in the world measuring 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference. Cathedral Caverns features many amazing sites: a “caveman” perched atop a flowstone wall, a “frozen” waterfall, a large stalagmite forest and a most improbable stone formation – a stalagmite that is 27 feet tall and 3 inches wide!
Cathedral Caverns State Park Alabama
637 Cave Rd, Woodville, AL 35776, United States
Children 5 – 12 years of age: $9.00
Children 4 years of age and under: FREE with paying parent or guardian
Schools and Pre-School Groups: Students – $8.00, Chaperons – $15.00
Teachers: FREE with school group (Ask about special rates for combined tours and gem mining for students)
Military Rate with Valid ID: $18.00
Groups of 25 or more: $15.00 per person with a reservation
The Welcome Center opens daily at 9:00 a.m. and closes after the last tour group clears the cave.
Campsites: Primitive campsites are available to all guests for a fee of $13 per night. There is a one-time $5.00 registration fee charged for all campsites.
Cabins: $170.00 per night (including taxes and fees) and discounted rate of $850.00 per week. A 2 night minimum stay is required.
Suggested Equipment for Cathedral Caverns State Park Alabama:
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.
The campground addition is under construction. We are looking forward to opening these new campsites to our guests in the near future. In 2019 Cathedral Caverns introduced an all new campground that features:
30 amp electric and water hook-ups
There is no sewer or dump station available at this time
No advance reservations and no minimum nights at this time
Call 256-728-8193 for availability. First come-first serve
PRIMITIVE CAMPING IS LIMITED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION OF NEW IMPROVED CAMPGROUND ADDITION.
Call the park for further details
Drive right up to your site
No reservations and no minimum nights
Bath House with hot showers available
We do not have a dump station at this time
There is a one-time $5.00 registration fee charged for all campsites.
2021 Cathedral Caverns 5K & 15K Trail Run! The trail run is held annually in November.
The race starts in a beautiful valley with picturesque mountains and fields in the background. This trail race is designed for both new and experienced trail runners alike. The last 1.2 miles of the 5k and 15k runs through the cave is an out and back 0.6mi segment that is wide enough for 2 way traffic. Runners will pick up a glow stick at the turn around point and the decorative lighting will be on at all times.
The average temperatures for race day are a low of 44F, high of 67F. Meanwhile inside the cave the year round temperature is a cool 58F. This will truly be a race like no other.
Aid stations will be provided on the course with everything from water, gatorade, coke, pretzels, m&m’s, and more.
Cathedral Caverns State Park has approximately five and a half miles of hiking trails among the 493 acres of land in the park. Each trail is marked and named by color. Colors are painted throughout each trail for guidance throughout your hiking adventure. Cathedral Caverns has a blue, gray, green, and yellow trail. Trail parking is available across from where the blue trail and gray trail interconnect at the trail head.
Picnic sites are available.
Cave tours are available. The gemstone mining process is an ideal activity for any age; your findings will make the perfect start for a collection. Children as well as adults have enjoyed their experience panning for gems. Cathedral Caverns Gem Mine’s hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each bag is filled with a variety of rough cut gems.
CAVE TOUR TIMES:
Tour guide required to enter the cave. Pets are not allowed inside park buildings or on cave tours.
The months of March, April, beginning of May, September, October and the beginning of November are a popular time for school field trips, with the children visiting most frequently in the mornings. Tour times will be adjusted to accommodate the large numbers and we’d like to recommend that you plan your visit for 12:00 p.m. or later during this time frame. You may call ahead to confirm if we have any large groups scheduled.
Tours last approximately 90 minutes and you will walk about 1.5 miles round trip.
Closed: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
For your safety and convenience, access to the cave is available only with a tour guide.
For more Information call the Cathedral Caverns State Park office at (256) 728-8193.
All fees and times are subject to change without prior notice.
RV parking is available.
Located inside the park, the cabins are close to the caverns, the gift shop and the trails. The cabins are operated by Recreation Resource Management and are a great choice for our overnight guests. There are 4 cabins total with one being ADA accessible.
Guests will be pleased with the floorplan and interior design of the cabins. Modeled after the “Tiny Cabin” concept these cabins are sure to be a favorite for vacationers.
Cathedral Caverns is a short drive from several great north Alabama attractions including: Lake Guntersville, Monte Sano, Desoto and Buck’s Pocket State Parks, Scottsboro, Huntsville, and the Marshall Space Flight Center.