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Everyone In Alabama Needs To Take This One Easy And Magnificent Hike

Stephens Gap, located in Jackson County, is one of Alabama’s must-see caves. A true hidden gem, this amazing 150-foot cave, which includes a spectacular waterfall, is one of the Southeast’s most beloved caves.

If you’re unsure of how to get to Stephens Gap, don’t worry. It’s a really short and easy hike, consisting of only two miles round trip. Keep in mind, in order to visit this cave, you’ll have to request a special permit. After filling out the requested information, you’ll receive details on where to park. From the parking area, you should see a sign that says “Trailhead.” The trees along the trail are labeled with yellow flags, which should make it much easier to find the cave.

The Google map below pinpoints the location of Stephens Gap.

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There are two entrances into Stephens Gap. One of the entrances is simply a walk-down entrance. This is a simpler way for new cavers to check out Stephens Gap. The other entrance is perfect for more advanced cavers that are trained in rappelling.

If you plan to visit Stephens Gap, be sure to wear a great pair of shoes. The hike to get to the cave may be short and easy, but the cave itself is normally very wet and slippery. And bring a camera. You mustn’t forget your camera. Stephens Gap is one of the most photographed caves in the Southeast because of its unique beauty. You definitely don’t want to miss out on capturing this experience.

As always, you should never go caving alone. Also, don’t forget to let people know where you and your caving partner(s) will be.

Here are a few more photos that prove how beautiful this unique Alabama cave truly is:

Have you ever visited Stephens Gap? If not, is this a hike you’d be willing to take?

Jennifer
Jennifer is the Alabama staff writer for Only In Your State.