Cathedral Caverns State Park celebrates expanded campground

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Cathedral Caverns officially unveiled its new campground on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by several state officials and legislators, as well as local government and business leaders.

“This new campground definitely offers visitors a fantastic way to enjoy Northeast Alabama and visit the amazing attractions of Cathedral Caverns,” said Chris Blankenship, Commissioner for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Now more visitors can explore the caves, hike the trails and enjoy several days of great outdoor recreation in this beautiful park.”

The new campground features 25 full-service campgrounds with 50/30 AMP electricity, water and sewerage. All sites, which average 15 feet wide and 55 feet deep, include a picnic table, fire ring, and grill. The sides also have large offsets to accommodate slide outs.

The campground project was funded in part by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).

“We all know that more and more people are flocking outdoors to escape the pandemic, but a lack of camping facilities has prevented some people from getting out as much as they want,” said ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell. “ADECA is excited to play a role in this project, which will provide a new option and more space for camping right here in Northeast Alabama.”

Construction work on the Cathedral Caverns campground extension began in November 2020 and was completed in December 2021. Park staff report that visitors have praised the new campground for its amenities.

Reservations for the campsite can be made online at https://www.alapark.com/reservations.

“We believe this is one of the premier campgrounds in Northeast Alabama and the Tennessee Valley,” said State Parks Director Greg Lein, “and we are grateful to ADECA for helping us secure funding for it. This project demonstrates once again Alabama State Parks’ continued commitment to providing superior accommodations to all of our visitors.”

Over Cathedral Caverns State Park

Cathedral Caverns welcomes visitors with a huge opening that is 126 feet wide and 25 feet high. The interior of the cave features some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created, including “Goliath,” one of the world’s largest stalagmites at 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference; a “caveman” perched on a tufa wall; a “frozen” waterfall; large stalagmite forest; and a stalagmite that is 27 feet high and 3 inches wide. Originally named Bat Cave, the cave was renamed because of its cathedral-like appearance. The state bought it in 1987 and opened it as a state park in 2000. Learn more at https://www.alapark.com/parks/cathedral-caverns-state-park

About Alabama’s State Parks System

A division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama State Parks maintains 21 state parks covering approximately 48,000 acres of land and water in Alabama. Ranging from the beaches of the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian Mountains, the parks offer opportunities and amenities from simple day activities to convention lodging, restaurants and golf courses. These parks rely on visitor fees and support from other partners, such as local communities, to fund the majority of their operations. Learn more at alapark.com. Partners pay the way.

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