Alabama's underground world comes alive at Rickwood Caverns State Park in Warrior.
The 260 million-year-old limestone formations extend a mile underground and feature blind cave fish and underground pool among a few of the natural wonders exhibited in the colorful cavern.
The park also features an Olympic-size swimming pool, picnic area, large and small picnic shelter, hiking trails, playground, campground and gift shop.
Rickwood Caverns is a recognized member of the National Caves Association. According to the park website at: www.alapark.com/RickwoodCaverns/ the caverns "were water-formed during the Mississippian period over 260 million years ago."
The caverns still contains active "living formations," as mineral-laden water droplets build colorful structures and flowstones. "Rickwood Cave reveals that it was carved from an ocean bed - shell fragments and fossils of marine life are clearly visible along the cavern ceiling and walls. Many curiosities are featured on guided tours of the "miracle mile" at Rickwood Caverns State Park."
The park is also home to the Rickwood Mining Co., a gemstone panning mine were visitors can enjoy panning for stones in the mining flume. Mining dirt is available in the gift shop for $6.00 plus tax per bag. Gemstone mining is available during hours when cave tours are operating.
The campground has 13 modern campsites with electricity and water for RV's and motorhomes and also includes restrooms, seasonal showers and a dump station.
The caverns' seasonal tour schedule is:
March 2, 2013 through Memorial Day - Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Only
2013 Spring Break Schedule: Open Wed-Fri March 27-29
Memorial Day through August 18, 2013 - Everyday
(Hourly tours at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15)
August 19, 2013 - September 2, 2013 - Closed Monday - Friday except Labor Day
September 7, 2013 - October 27, 2013 - Weekends Only
(Fall season tours at 10:15, 12:15, 2:15 and 4:15)
November, 2013 through February, 2014 - CLOSED
And there are special cave tours for groups G of 25 or more (school, civic, commercial organizations, etc.). The special tours can be arranged during the seasonal tour schedule by appointment. Call the Rickwood Caverns State Park office at 205-647-9692 year-round.
The cave tour admission fees are: Age 12 to adult: $15
Age 5 to 11: $6
Under age 5: free with parent or guardian
Group discount: $2 off each person for groups of 25 or more.
Teachers: free with school group.
Admission to the park is only $1 for ages 6-adult with children under 6 free with parent or guardian.