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Cathedral Caverns State Park is a state park located in Kennamer Cove in Marshall County, Alabama. The county is in the northeastern corner of the state. Cathedral Caverns is a series of karst caves, which are caves formed in soluble rock such as limestone.
The caverns had been occupied by Native Americans for hundreds of years. Archaeological records indicate Native Americans lived near the caves as recently as the 19th century. They were perhaps inhabiting parts of the caverns as long ago as 7000 BCE. One cavern was more recently settled by the Kennamer family. After the Kennamer farmhouse was burned by US soldiers, the family lived in the cave. The state of Alabama bought the caverns in 1987 and opened them to the public in 2000.
Alabama campers can travel from Cathedral Caverns State Park to Huntsville in about thirty minutes. Chattanooga, Tennessee is less than 90 minutes away, and Rome, Georgia is less than two hours away. The caverns could be the launching point for an exploration of the southeast while you are out on an adventure with the family exploring the great unknown.
Outdoors enthusiasts who book an RV in Marshall County, are able to explore Cathedral Caverns on their own or with a guide. Guided tours are offered throughout the year. Cave tours are popular throughout the year because the cave system stays about 60 degrees Fahrenheit all year. School classes, church groups, and scout troops are common visitors here. Guided tours are popular because many of the different stalagmites, stalactites, and rock fixtures are named.
Hikers can drive their RV right up to intersecting trailheads around the caverns. The park features over five miles of hiking trails. The trails are all mapped and marked for easy navigation.
Gem enthusiasts can also mine gems at the caverns. Buckets are filled from the caverns, and you can sift through them using custom-made water flumes. The buckets can contain dirt and gems from the caves, or they can contain shells and gems from the ocean.
Alabama campers can camp at Cathedral Caverns State Park in primitive sites or improved sites. The improved sites offer water hookups and 30-amp electric hookups. They do not have sewer. The sites are pull-through for those who book an RV at Cathedral Caverns State Park and don’t want to navigate the park in reverse. Pets are allowed as well so bring Fido.
The primitive sites are, as the name suggests, more sparsely furnished. They have fire rings at most of the sites. Outdoors lovers can drive right up to their primitive sites as well. They do not have hookups, but the park offers a nearby bathhouse. The bathhouse also features showers.
Sites at the park cannot be reserved. So, if all of the sites are occupied, outdoors enthusiasts can stay at Parnell Creek RV Park. Parnell Creek offers 50-amp electric, water, and sewer. The sites are gravel pull-through sites. Many campers also get a good WiFi signal at this park.
Scottsboro-Jackson Heritage Center is a museum in Scottsboro, Alabama. The museum features antiques and exhibits detailing the history of that part of northern Alabama. There are many items that were donated by local families. The Heritage Center focuses largely on ancestry and genealogical records from the area. Genealogy enthusiasts considering RV rentals near Cathedral Caverns State Park should keep this place in mind.
Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center, also in Scottsboro, details the history of the Scottsboro Boys case. The case from 1931 involved nine African-American boys and men who were wrongly accused. The case is an important historical moment in the fight for civil rights. History enthusiasts might schedule a stop at this park.
Homer B. Wilson Jr. Vintage Museum in Guntersville is an aviation museum at the regional airport. The museum features many examples of vintage airplanes as well as information about the different planes.
Arab Historic Village in Arab is a section of town that has been rebuilt to mimic what it was like in the late 1800s. Fans of history can learn a lot from the town and families who homeschool often enjoy the town as well.
Food in northern Alabama is typical of food in the Deep South. There are national and regional chains that are well-known. There are also local restaurants offering typical Southern fare. Additionally, many restaurants offer food from around the world as well as food to fit restricted diets. Alabama campers can find just about any resources they might need if they travel to Huntsville. Close to Huntsville, RV travelers will be able to find gas stations, truck stops, and rest areas. The public libraries are also great resources for information about the area.