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Cathedral Caverns State Park, Alabama Cave & Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Adventure
Event Location: 637 Cave Road Woodville AL 35769   Adventure: Cathedral Caverns State Park, Alabama  Cave & Hike  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 24 2021  9:40 am >> Sat, Jul 24 2021 2:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:40 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Jul 19 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jul 24 2021 6:00 am
Event Duration:4 Hours 20 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mike C
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Member Cost:$20.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.




We will meet outside the Visitor Center for introductions at 9:40 Central Time. We will then do the 10:00 am 90-minute cave tour. This is about 1.5 miles round trip. After completion of the tour, we will hike Green, Yellow, and Gray Trails for a distance of 4.5 miles. That will give us a total distance for the day of 6 miles. We will return to the Visitor Center one last time after the hike for those that need to make a pit stop or go Gem Mining.


I have done the cave part of this event with my family. I have not done the trails. That is why I have made this is an Exploratory Event.


The cost of the cave tour is $20, and they start every hour starting at 10 am. The cave is approximately 58 degrees year around. We need to be early for the tour. Reservations can be made 48 hours in advance by phone, however the money is not refundable. I have talked to a Ranger at the Park. She recommends that we make our reservations in advance to guarantee that you get on the tour we want. The $20.00 will be paid to the park at the time of the phone call.



Gem Mining is also available for those that want to do this after the hike. The cost for Gem Mining is between $6 and $50 depending on the size bag. It is located at the Visitor Center.




Depart Carpool site: 7:40 am EDST / 6:40 am CDST.

Arrive Cathedral Caverns State Park: 10:40 am EDST / 9:40 am CDST.

Cave Tour Starts (90 min.): 11:00 am EDST / 10:00 am CDST.

Cave Tour Ends: 12:30 pm EDST / 11:30 am CDST.

Drive to Trail Head (10 min.): 12:40 pm EDST / 11:40 am CDST.

Start Hike: 12:50 pm EDST / 11:50 am CDST.

Finish Hike: 2:50 pm EDST / 1:50 pm CDST.

Depart Cathedral Caverns State Park: 3:00 pm EDST / 2:00 pm CDST.

Arrive Carpool site: 6:00 pm EDST / 5:00 pm CDST.


Required Items to Bring:


Hiking shoes or shoes that can get wet. The cave’s floor will be wet.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

You might want to bring a jacket for the cave.


Hiking Poles

Snack or lunch

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Cathedral Caverns State Park

637 Cave Road

Woodville, AL 35769


There is now a $5 a day Park fee for Alabama State Parks, just like Georgia.


2 hr. 50 min, 135 miles

Your location

Get on I-75 N in Marietta from Canton Rd Conn NE


1. Turn right onto Canton Rd 0.1 mi

2. Keep right to continue on Canton Rd Conn NE 0.3 mi

3. Keep right to stay on Canton Rd Conn NE 1.0 mi

4. Use the right lane to merge onto I-75 N via the 0.6 mi

ramp to Chattanooga


Continue on I-75 N. Take GA-140 W, US-27 N, GA-48 W, AL-

117 N, ... and US-72 W/John T Reid Pkwy/Lee Hwy. to Co Rd

63 in Woodville


5. Merge onto I-75 N 1.5 mi

6. Keep left to stay on I-75 N 20.4 mi

7. Keep left to stay on I-75 N 16.1 mi

8. Take exit 306 for GA-140 W toward Adairsville 0.3 mi

9. Use any lane to turn left onto GA-140 W 2.1 mi

Pass by McDonald's (on the left in 0.3 mi)

10. Slight right to stay on GA-140 W 14.0 mi

11. Turn right onto US-27 N 13.9 mi

12. Turn left onto GA-48 W 12.6 mi

Entering Alabama

13. Continue onto AL-117 N 10.4 mi

14. Turn right onto US-11 N 0.1 mi

15. Turn left onto AL-117 N/AL-40 W 23.9 mi

Continue to follow AL-40 W

16. Turn right onto AL-35 N/Veterans Dr 3.4 mi

17. Turn left to merge onto US-72 W/John T Reid

Pkwy/Lee Hwy. toward AL-279 S/Goose Pond

Colony/Huntsville 15.9 mi

Pass by KFC (on the left in 1.2 mi)


Take Cathedral Caverns Hwy to your destination in Marshall County


18. Turn left onto Co Rd 63 0.6 mi

19. Continue onto Cathedral Caverns Hwy 2.9 mi

20. Turn left onto Cathedral Caverns Rd 1.8 mi

21. Turn right onto Cave Rd 0.3 mi

22. Turn left 0.2 mi


Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):270Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:40 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $108.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


The Trip Leader(s) for this event has (have) elected either to personally collect the funds that event participants are required to pay, or to require participants to pay funds directly to a third party. No funds will be paid to the Atlanta Outdoor Club for this event. Therefore, by registering for this event, you acknowledge and agree to the following: (1) the monies paid by registrants will not be monitored, managed, or otherwise accounted for by the Atlanta Outdoor Club; (2) that the Atlanta Outdoor Club bears no financial responsibility for this event; and (3) you waive any and all claims against the Atlanta Outdoor Club, and hold the Atlanta Outdoor Club harmless for the loss of any monies you paid for this event.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, any paying registrant may request directly from the Trip Leader, prior to the event, a breakdown of funds collected, estimated expenses, and deposits made in anticipation of the event. Following the event, the Trip Leader must complete his or her financial accounting for the event, with supporting documentation, within 30 days of the completion of the event, and a paid registrant may request a breakdown of funds collected, money spent and supporting documentation after that time. If you are unable to obtain requested documentation, please contact the Director of Paid Events.

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Member Cost:$20.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Cave Tour:

Adults $20.00

Call 256-728-8193 to make a reservation for the 10:00 am tour 48 hours in advance or from 7/22 9:00 am to 7/23 5:00 pm our time.

Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.