America's First Recorded Cave Is Right Here In Alabama
Alabama has one of the highest cave densities in the world. In fact, cavers travel from all over to explore our spectacular caves. One cave that remains at the top of most cave enthusiasts’ bucket list is DeSoto Caverns. For information about this cave, which is currently operated as a family tourist attraction, take a look below.
DeSoto Caverns is a series of caves that's located at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains in Childersburg, Alabama.
It's believed to be America's first recorded cave, which makes it incredibly unique. People travel from all over the world to visit DeSoto Caverns.
The "Great Onyx Cathedral" is the name of the main room at DeSoto Caverns. It's longer than a football field and measures an impressive 12 stories high.
DeSoto Caverns, which is nicknamed "Alabama's Big Cave," also contains one of the world's largest collections of onyx-marble stalagmites and stalactites.
In December 1796, Benjamin Hawkins, the General Superintendent for Indian Affairs during George Washington's presidency, visited the upper Creek Indian territory. After Hawkins reported the magnificence of DeSoto Caverns to President Washington, it became America's first officially recorded cave.
While at DeSoto Caverns, visitors are able to experience a guided tour, which lasts approximately one hour. The fees are as follows: Child, $19.99; Adult, $24.99. Children under the age of three are free when accompanied by an adult. For additional ticket prices, click
So, the next time you're near the Childersburg area, take time to visit DeSoto Caverns. It's truly spectacular!
For more information about DeSoto Caverns, you can view its website
and its Facebook page
. Address: 5181 DeSoto Caverns Parkway, Childersburg, AL, 35044
Have you ever visited DeSoto Caverns in Childersburg, Alabama? If so, what was it like? Please share your experience with us in the comments below.
For additional information about Childersburg, be sure to take a look at our previous article:
Most People Have No Idea The Oldest City In America Is Hiding Right Here In Alabama.
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