Good afternoon everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely Monday! It was once again an incredibly hot and humid weekend here in the Deep South so most of my weekend, when I wasn’t working, was spent indoors enjoying some lovely air conditioning. I hate to say it but Summer might be my least favorite season….for living in Alabama that is. It’s too muggy to do anything outdoors and if you try to plan the day near a local lake or swimming hole, you fight afternoon pop up thunderstorms.
While trying to beat the heat and think of things to do other than the movies, I remembered my trip to Cathedral Caverns and wanted to share my trip with you guys. One major win for them right now, it’s 60 degrees year round in the cave so it’s a great break from this summer heat!
Cathedral Caverns is a publicly owned recreation area and natural history preserve located in the northeast region of Alabama. It’s a great day trip from the Huntsville or Birmingham area, or you can take advantage of many of their primitive campsites and spend a few days exploring the 493 acres surrounding the cave.
The entrance to Cathedral Caverns measures 25 feet tall and 128 feet wide, believed to be one of the widest cave entrances in the world. The entrance area is free to check out but once in you will need tickets to explore, $19 for adults, $9.00 for children 5 -12, and free for little ones with an adult. The guided tour lasts for about 90 minutes and covers 1.5 miles.
The mystery river flows through the entire cavern and can sometimes cause flooding so be prepared for some water in certain path areas. Here you can see an old bridge from one of the previous excavations. Even during the Civil War cave owners at the time, the Kannamer family, lived in the cave after their farmhouse was burned down by Union soldiers!
One of my favorite formations at Cathedral Caverns is the impressive waterfall! This large stone waterfall measures out at 32 feet tall and 135 feet long!!! This feature is so massive and photos do not do it justice!
The final stop in Cathedral Caverns is called the Big Room and it is just that! At 792 feet long and 200 feet wide it is simply stunning to see! At this point, you can see a small tunnel that leads even further into the cave but that is only open to experienced cave explorers and must be set up through the park offices. Now you can turn back and take your time walking back to the entrance. I personally enjoyed this part because you could break away from the group and really enjoy its beauty in peace.
Now doing what I love to do, I decided to create a cavern inspired mani! For my stone
Do you like exploring caves? I have only been to a few and all have been a real joy to see. It really makes us seem so small and only a blip on the radar when it comes to the history of Earth.
Would you guys like seeing more of my beautiful state and other travels? I was thinking about visiting at least one unique location each month and sharing with you guys. Seems like a fun project and sharing some hidden state gems. Thank you so much for stopping by today and I will see you all again soon! <3