Where is Cathedral Caverns State Park?
Stunning and overwhelming is the imposing entrance to Cathedral Cavern, the Cathedral Caverns State Park, which welcomes every visitor to the park. With a width of 38.4 metres and a height of 7.62 metres, the huge entrance opening is one of the largest cave entrances in the world. As a visitor to the cave entrance you feel very small and only realize how powerful and beautiful nature can be.
But inside it gets even better, beautiful natural formations, stalagmite mountains, the rock formation “Frozen Waterfall” and a huge stalagmite fissure do not let you get out of the amazement. The stalactite “Goliath” is one of the famous sights in the Cathedral Caverns. With a height of 13.71 metres and a width of 38.4 metres, it is considered the largest stalactite in the world.
The Cathedral Caverns are located between Grant and Woodville in the Gunters Mountains of Marshall County, about 31 miles east of Huntsville, Alabama. They were discovered in 1952 by Jay Gurley, who named them Bats Cave. Later the caves were renamed Cathedral Caverns because of their cathedral-like appearance. Jacob Gurley acquired the 160 acre cave and presented it to the public as a family business. After almost a decade, he took care of the expansion of the cave, the cleaning of rubble, lighting and access roads.
Address: 637 Cave Rd, Woodville, AL 35776
Area: 461 acres
Phone: (256) 728-8193
Designated as world heritage site: June 1972
Established: Significant dates