Desoto Caverns Park

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Facility:Desoto Caverns Park
Description:DeSoto Caverns are a series of geologic caves and a tourist attraction located near Childersburg, Alabama. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, it is touted as "Alabama's Big Cave". In addition to the caves, the park offers various other attractions, including The Lost Trail Maze, a three-quarter acre maze, panning for gemstones, wall climb, and amusement park style rides. Several events and festivals such as the Native American Dance and Crafts Festival and the Holiday Light and Water shows are held throughout the year.

Before being commercialized as DeSoto Caverns, the cave was well known locally as Kymulga Cave. There were local legends about the cave being used by Native Americans and as a source of minerals used in the Civil War. It was also said that during WWII, there was a dancefloor and honkey-tonk in the huge main room.

The main room is twelve stories high, and larger than a football field. The caverns are noted for one of the largest continuing accumulations of onyx-marble stalagmites and stalactites in the world. DeSoto Caverns is one of only 4 known caves in the world that still have actively growing rock formations, and because of this, guests are not permitted to touch almost any rock formations.
Address 1:5181 DeSoto Caverns Pkwy
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Zip Code:35044
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Hours:April - October 9am-5:30
November - March 9am-4:30
Aundays: Opens at 1pm
Admission:Children : $13.99 Adults : $16.99
Telephone:(800) 933-2283
Website:Visit Website
SW, Co-op Member
First the good. I like that it is privatly owned and not tax subsidized. Our whole family loved the cave. The water-laser-show deal iside the cave was almost a parody of of a tourist trap exhibit but hey, the kids loved it and we ended up enjoying it as well. We saw the God & Country version but they have one that is about the creation story from Genesis. They had a couple of other things that seemed to lend themselves to the idea that these folks were belivers but we don't really know. Our kids really loved the attractions outside the cave. They are very expensive for what they are. If that is what the market will bare then more power to them. The tour guide pushed a lot of old earth information and that if fine no big deal but I was a little surprised knowing they had the Geneisis based water/laser show sometimes. But we have no problem with that as we try to have our kids ready to deal with a secular oriented world view. What we did find out of line was a lot of false claims and propaganda against DDT. Folks can continue to debate the problems and merits of DDT use but this guy made outlandish and untrue statements as he railed against DDT. It was very out of place and bizarre. This guy seemed nice enough other that that. I guess you shouldn't hold that guy against the whole place.
Overall, cave tour great, fair deal,
kids attractions, kids loved but they are over priced.
KL grady, Co-op Member
First, the caverns are great, and my kids loved seeing what little we could and then playing with archery and mazes and digging through sand for tiny gemstone chips, etc. I'm not sure it was worth the money, however. When my kid asked about the age of the cavern, the docent was obligated to first tell us that, since this was owned by Christians, she had to tell us it was obviously as old as the time of Noah and the flood. Seriously?? Then she let us know what science says, which almost made up for the fiction she was obliged to tell us.

Also, the laser light show was the worst kind of melodrama. First, it's religious, so if you're not or don't want to see a Christian creation myth played in high melodrama and laser lights in a cave considered sacred by Woodland Indians, steer clear of that portion. Nothing comes after, so you can safely leave before it starts.

I love visiting caverns, and despite this one's historical use and the fact that it's a sacred site, it was beautiful to see. I have a hard time recommending a site that not only has little to no respect for the origins of this cavern's human occupants (it's a desecrated Indian burial ground, after all), but on top of this is named for an explorer particularly notorious for his genocidal tendencies toward indigenous tribes. Very disappointing.
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