Located in the idyllic, natural Alabama wonderland known as Warrior, is a cave and state park area known as “Rickwood Caverns” that just begs to be explored.
Though “Rickwood Caverns State Park” is well worth exploring, travelers should be prepared to bring along a healthy wallet as this cavern experience can get expensive.
Rickwood CavernsState Park
Visitors to “Rickwoods Caverns State Park” can enjoy a guided tour of an amazing limestone cavern, take a one mile nature hike, swim in an Olympic size pool, play on a playground, pick up a souvenir in the gift shop, picnic in the park and spend the night camping under the stars.
The limestone cavern itself was formed in part due to primordial seas that once blanketed the Warrior area during the Mississippian Period some 260 million years ago.
Included within the cavern is an underground pool fed by an underground stream that still teams with aquatic life.
In addition to gorgeous and often times delicate cave formations, pre-historic fossilized sea creatures can be seen within the cave’s limestone walls as well.
Hours of Operation
The day use grounds of “Rickwood Caverns State Park” are open from 7:00 am until sundown whereas the cave is open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
The on-site Olympic size swimming pool is open seasonally from 10:00 am until 5:45 pm. The swimming pool season is from Memorial Day until the second week of August.
Hours and days of operation vary by season and are subject to change without advance notice. Therefore it is best to call in advance of one’s trip to confirm details.
Admission Prices and Other Fees
“Rickwood Caverns State Park” has a series of fees including a 5% lodging tax associated with it. For starters there is a park entrance fee of $1.00 per adult ages 6 and older. Children age 6 and under are admitted into the park free as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.
Once inside the park there is $12.00 cave entrance fee for per person over age 12. The fee for each child between the ages of 6 to 11 years is $6.00. Children age 6 and under are admitted into the cave for free as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.
Those over the age of 3 that want to take advantage of the park’s Olympic size pool will be set back $4.00 each. The pool fee is assessed per person whether that person intends to actually get into the water or not. Children under age 3 are admitted into the pool area for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
The pool is also available for private pool parties during assorted time periods for a minimum fee of $300.00. The minimum private pool party fee includes admission to the pool for upwards of 50 people. Each additional person is extra.
Furthermore, there is a $100.00 fee to use the 150 seat large picnic shelter and a $75.00 fee to use the 70 seat shelter. Shelters must be reserved in advance and reservations for the next year are accepted as early as November of the current year.
The shelters come equipped with a barbecue grill, tables, electric and water hook-ups.
To continue, there are 13 campsites available within the park with overnight prices ranging from $1.00 per scout upwards of $21.00. There are also weekly and monthly camping rates available as well.
Would-be campers should be advised that the campground does have several minimum lengths of stay requirements depending on the time of year. In general there are 2 night minimum length of stay requirements on the weekend and 3 night minimum length of stay requirements on holidays.
Within the campground there are restrooms, seasonal showers, dump station and round the clock campground security.
All of the prices associated with “Rickwood Caverns State Park” are subject to change without advance notice so again it is best to confirm details prior to one’s arrival.
Rickwood Caverns State Park
370 Rockwood Park Road
Warrior, AL 35180
Those traveling through the Warrior, Alabama area that want to learn more about what there is to see and do in the region should log onto the state’s tourism website.