Cathedral Caverns State Park
The first thing you notice about Cathedral Caverns is the massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high. And it gets even better. Inside the cavern, you will find Big Rock Canyon, Mystery River and some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created. Among them, you will see Stalagmite Mountain, The Frozen Waterfall and Goliath, a huge stalagmite column that reaches the ceiling of the cave some 45 feet above!
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Cathedral Caverns State Park
637 Cave Rd.
Woodville, AL 35776
Park: 9AM to 5PM
Cave Hours: 9AM to 5PM
|Day Use Fee:
Children: $6(4 and under are free)
Name: ASPGC - Cathedral Caverns
Cache type: Letterbox Hybrid
Coordinates: N 34º 34.451 W 086º 13.258
|Cache Description: This cache is hidden at Cathedral Caverns State Park as part of the Alabama State Parks Geocaching Challenge. This is a regular size cache with log book, pen and trade items for those hunting treasures. The Park System is the sponsor for these caches and aware of these caches. If you have any problems with the cache or need a hint, please contact a park employee. Please obey all of the parks rules and park only in designated parking areas.
To find this letter box, one will have to enter the cavern at the coordinates given. You will follow the concrete walkway into the cavern. First you will pass thru the large room at the entrance and go through the gate. The walkway does wander around but all you have to do is follow it. You will pass through the air lock doors which keeps the cavern from drying out in the summer time. It is cool so one may want a jacket in the cavern. The area is lighted and you will be part of a tour in the cavern. You will go a little over 1/4 mile and there will be a rock formation called Goliath. Off to the left is a phone box at the end of the walkway and at the base of the box you will find the letterbox. You will have to be a part of the guided tour (cost involved) into the caverns to get the letterbox. The tour guide knows about the cache and will allow time for it to be found and sign/stamped. This area is also lighted but a flashlight would not hurt to have along. .
Alabama State Parks Geocaching Challenge
Geocaching is an outdoor adventure game similar to a treasure hunt played with a GPS device that uses satellites to find the treasures. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, take a trinket from the cache, leave something of greater or equal value in return for the next person and then share your experiences online at geocaching.com. There are over a million active geocaches around the world and a few are now located in all of the State Parks of Alabama.
This cache is part of the Alabama State Parks Geocaching Challenge. The State of Alabama has 22 State Parks and each of these parks has a cache that is part of the Geocaching Challenge. Each of these caches are regular size caches with trade items and are design to be kid friendly as well as adult friendly. There are trade items for those who enjoy the treasure hunting and digging through the loot. Also included in each of the cache is a clue or code that will be needed to access the Alabama State Park Geocaching Challenge Puzzle Cache or the final cache of this Challenge.
How to Begin the Geocaching Challenge
1. Go to Geocaching.com and create a membership if you do not have one, which is free. Easy to follow directions gets you started.
2. Look up the Alabama State Parks Geocaching Challenge locations either on Geocaching.com or at alapark.com.
3. Start your search and locate one or all caches using a hand-held GPS unit. The cache containers are regular size and creative type. There are traditional, puzzles, multi and letterbox caches. All are kid friendly and a family fun outing to find.
4. When you find a Geocaching Challenge cache, log your name and any comments on the logbook inside the cache. Take a moment to go through the treasure each cache holds. If you take something be sure to leave something for the next adventurer.
5. Each one of the caches has a clue or code that will be needed for the final puzzle cache of this challenge. They will be red, white, blue or black and a number or letter. Be sure you have these clues. If the cache is missing or the code/clue is missing; be sure to contact the staff of the park. They will be able to assist you.
6. Be sure place the cache back as found and to leave nothing but footprints.
7. If you’re quick, there is a “First-to-Find” special prize for each cache as well as the final puzzle once all others have been completed.
8. Once you have all of 22 codes, one from each of the 22 State Park Caches; then proceed to the Alabama State Parks Geocaching Challenge Puzzle. Armed with the information you will be able to open the treasure chest. Once you have signed the log, follow the instructions in the cache ang go to front desk and claim your very own Alabama State Parks Geocaching Challenge Geocoin (Trackable). The only way to get one of these coins is to complete the challenge. Enjoy your adverture.
Disclaimer to Geocachers
- Please join us in playing! All are welcome who observe and obey the rules.
- Please do not move or vandalize the container. Replace the cache like or better than you found it and when you leave, and make sure the cache is completely covered.
- Please do not remove the code or clue from the cache, this is an essential game piece for cachers accepting the geo- challenge. The real treasure is just finding the container and sharing your thoughts with everyone who finds it.
- The caches are Unique Containers; they can be opened without any tools that are not provided. Please do not pry, force, or attempt to pull apart the cache trying to open them. Use your brain and not your brawn.