- Rickwood Caverns is a recognized member of the National Caves Association, and offers more than a mile of living geology. The caverns themselves were water-formed during the Mississippian period over 260 million years ago.
Rickwood Caverns still contains active "living formations," as mineral-laden water droplets build colorful structures and flowstones. At Rickwood Caverns, the secrets of the earth actually unfold before your eyes!
Rickwood Cave reveals that it was carved from an ocean bed - shell fragments and fossils of marine life are clearly visible along the cavern ceiling and walls. Many curiosities are featured on guided tours of the "miracle mile" at Rickwood Caverns State Park.
Recreation - In addition to viewing the caverns, Rickwood Caverns State Park offers camping, picnicking, swimming and hiking activities.
Climate - The climate of Alabama's lowlands can be described as subtropical with nearly 60 inches of rain each year. The highest amount of rain reaches the region as afternoon thunderstorms in July, August and September. Summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching above 100 degrees F. Summer nights cool slightly and provide a good time to travel through the region.
Winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below 40 degrees with the humidity level at its lowest in November and December. Spring and fall are very pleasant times to visit the region. Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming trees and flowers. During the fall temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees F with low humidity levels. Northern Alabama is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.
Rickwood Caverns State Park is located a few miles from Warrior, in north central Alabama. This Park is 4 miles off I-64 of exit 284, north of Birmingham and east of Jasper.