Come explore the largest natural gypsum cave in the world open to the public. Take a guided tour of the 3/4-mile cavern formed of alabaster, a rare form of gypsum. Daily guided tours are available on the hour from 9am to 4pm (fee charged). The cavern tour includes interpretation by a guide and a well-lit path. The cavern recently underwent an extensive lighting overhaul. Group tour reservations are required at least two weeks in advance.
***NOTICE*** The cavern tour involves a strenuous walk of approximately 3/4 mile, during which visitors will climb or go down a total of 330 stair steps. The tour takes about 45 minutes to complete. The tour path is, at places, narrow, wet, uneven or at a steep incline. The walking tour is not recommended for those with mobility or respiratory problems, heart conditions or claustrophobia. Due to the natural features and conditions, the cave is always cool and damp. In order to serve our Cavern guests more efficiently and in a timely manner, cameras, cellphones, flashlights and baby strollers are not allowed on our regular Cavern tours. (Photographic tours are available for our guests that are interested.)
The 200-acre park also features camping areas, picnic tables and shelters, group shelters with electricity, water and grills, a horseshoe pit, and volleyball court.
Wild caving is a unique adventure at the park as well. Wild caving is a sport better known as spelunking. Alabaster Caverns is home to four caves that are kept especially for that particular activity. The caves range in length from 550 feet to 1,600-ft. Permits may be obtained at park office. No permits shall be issued between October 1 and March 31 for protection of hibernating bats. A small fee per person applies. Wild caving is only permitted between the hours of 8am and 3pm. Please contact the park office for an equipment list as well as rules and regulations.