We set out for the hour drive from Madison to the caverns this afternoon on a cool comfortable November Saturday. The roads were empty and we were surprised to find the parking lot relatively full when we arrived. Please note there is maybe room for 50 cars at best at this Alabama State Park. The welcome center is amazing and reminds me of an Adirondack paradise getaway. To enter the cave you must pay for the tour, our fee was $51 for the four of us: $6 for kids 12 and under, $15 for anyone over 12. There were 4 posted tours that I saw with the last starting at 4 pm, the one we took. I've been to various underground tourist sites before and enjoyed them all, this one was no exception. I found the tour itself slightly dull and feel that the State of AL can market this place better and perhaps pump up the showmanship, but it's still an awesome attraction. If you are visiting northern AL, this is a good 90 minute excursion and even more so when the fall colors are out.
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