One of our favorite local spots to visit is Cathedral Caverns in Woodville, AL. 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. The state acquired it in 1987, it was opened as a State Park in the summer of 2000. The first thing you’ll notice about Cathedral Caverns is its massive entrance. The opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high. Inside the cavern is “Goliath”- one of the largest stalagmites in the world measuring 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference. But our favorite is the stalagmite forest which makes this cave one of our top pick in the country.
The guided tour is 90minutes long. There are no unguided visits. Call ahead to make your reservations. We’ve visited at several times of the year and I do not recommend stopping in during school hours as it gets packed with school field trips. Our worst visit consisted of listening to a bunch of third graders constant yelling to hear their echos. The path in the cave is all smooth and paved. We have been a couple times when they’ve had a handicap assisted tour and used a golf cart for them. So if you have a handicapped friend or family member, it might be a great place to take them and enjoy some nature that usually isn’t the easiest for them to see. $19 for 13 and up, 5-12 is $9, 4 and under is free. The park has great covered picnic areas, clean bathrooms, a nice gift shop and even a slues to pan for gold if you purchase one of their gem mining kits.
The surrounding area is gorgeous. I highly recommend driving up the mountain to Grant and stopping at the lookout. It’s a beautiful pit stop.