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Last updated on : 9/5/2006
5181 Desoto Caverns Parkway
Childersburg, Al 35044
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GPS: 33.30971, -86.265659
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The DeSoto Caverns in north central Alabama are a great place to go spelunking. They have one of the best collections of stalagmites and stalactites found in the United States.
The caves have a long history. The earliest inhabitant was Archaic man, a cave-dweller. Many centuries later, in 1796, Benjamin Hawkins, a U.S. agent appointed by George Washington, wrote about the magnificent beauty of the DeSoto Caverns in a report, making it the first officially reported cave in the United States. During the Civil War, the DeSoto Caverns became a site for mining saltpeter, used in making gunpowder for the Confederate Army.
DeSoto Caverns are a series of geologic caves and a tourist attraction located near Childersburg, Alabama.
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, it is touted as "Alabama`s Big Cave".
In addition in the caves, the park offers various other attractions, including The Lost Trail Maze, a three-quarter acre maze, panning for gemstones, wall climb, and amusement park style rides.
Several events and festials such as the Native American Dance and Crafts Festival and the Holiday Light and Water shows are held throughout the year.
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