Your shopping cart is empty.
Jul 30, 2019
Caverns are mysterious. They either call you to explore the dark spaces or repulse you with a sense of foreboding. I've always been in the exploration camp — no, I don't want to wriggle through small holes in the rock, but I love to tour caves.
And Cathedral Caverns State Park outside of Scottsboro, Ala., is one of the most-beautiful caves I've ever visited.
I had never heard of the huge cavern until I arrived in North Alabama to help cover a Bassmaster Elite Series event. One of my jobs with Bassmaster is to put together a photo tour of the areas we visit, so I headed straight for Cathedral Caverns when I found it online.
A quick visit with the Georgia State Parks manager in charge ended with permission to take my tripod along so I could document the wonders of the cavern for my Bassmaster photo tour. The only caveat was that I had to wait until the official tour was over to shoot my way back out of the cave.
Not a problem at all.
My wife (whom I affectionately call MTA (short for "my trusty assistant") and I were guided through Cathedral Caverns by Milton, a lifelong caver who knew every nook and cranny of the amazing cave.
Another family joined us, as we moved from room to room while Milton explained different aspects of the cavern.
Cathedral Caverns, originally known as Bat Cave, was declared a national landmark in 1972. Its mouth is 25 feet tall, and is the largest opening for a commercial cavern in the United States. It extends two miles into the mountain, and includes several rooms full of amazing formations.
The cavern was renamed when the wife of an owner in the 1950s declared that one stalagmite- and stalactite-filled room resembled a cathedral. One of the formations looks to be a bell, while another could be the popes of a church organ.
It has been called Cathedral Caverns since that declaration.
Another room contains a massive stone column dubbed "Goliath," one of the largest stalagmites in the world at 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference. A calm pool of water reflects Goliath, giving the appearance of a deep hole in the dimness of the cave. In fact, the pool is just inches deep.
Moving into another room reveals the so-called "frozen waterfall," which is a living rock wall over which water runs. This formation is kept alive by pumping water over the surface, which allows slow build-up.
Among the numerous stalagmites found the cavern is a one that seems impossible: It measures 27 feet tall and only 3 inches wide.
Prints are available of each of these beautiful images. Just click here for more information.
The cavern is amazingly friendly to photographers. While photography is allowed in most commercial caverns, the managers of Cathedral Caverns State Park actually offers photo tours to the cavern once a month to allow them to document the wonders of the cave system.
Photographers can wander the cavern and take photos without a guide for two hours every second Tuesday of each month.
I hope to return and use LED light panels to light up the wonders of this cave for some some unique photos. So stay tuned!
The presence of this badge signifies that this business has officially registered with the Art Storefronts Organization and has an established track record of selling art.
It also means that buyers can trust that they are buying from a legitimate business. Art sellers that conduct fraudulent activity or that receive numerous complaints from buyers will have this badge revoked. If you would like to file a complaint about this seller, please do so here.
The Art Storefronts Organization has verified that this business has provided a returns & exchanges policy for all art purchases.
All of my fine-art prints come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. I want you to be thrilled with your purchase, so if you aren't 100% satisfied a full refund will be issued upon return of the product within 30 days of your purchase. If your print arrives damaged or otherwise deficient, I will gladly accept returns and send you a replacement! Please use the Contact form to initiate returns and exchanges.
This website provides a secure checkout with SSL encryption.
The Art Storefronts Organization has verified that this Art Seller has published information about the archival materials used to create their products in an effort to provide transparency to buyers.
All products are printed by one of the nation's finest printers using professional materials guaranteed to provide years of enjoyment. All fine-art prints use acid-free archival papers and inks.
Subscriber to my newsletter and I'll send you a 20% OFF discount code right now!
This is only visible to you because you are logged in and are authorized to manage this website. This message is not visible to other website visitors.
Click on any Image to continue
The above preview shows how to use the live preview on this website. The image displayed is just an example, and is not available for sale.
This means you can use the camera on your phone or tablet and superimpose any piece of art onto a wall inside of your home or business.
To use this feature, Just look for the "Live Preview AR" button when viewing any piece of art on this website!
Below, select which favorite lists you would like to save this product into.
SAVE 20% on your first print order!
Enter your email below and I'll email you a 20% OFF coupon right now!