DeSoto Caverns
The Healing All Cathedral at DeSoto Caverns

Healing ALL Cathedral

The first room you will visit on your tour in DeSoto Caverns is our "Healing All Cathedral." This name has been adopted in honor of our Native American history. Over 2,000 years ago Native Americans described our largest room as having calming and healing properties, and gave it the name "Kymulga," meaning "Healing All." This room is the first room our guests experience while on our hourly tours and it's impressive size boasts heights of 120 feet tall and over 100 yards long! Caverns are often known for having tight openings and slim passageways, in contrast DeSoto Caverns has a grand first impression with its grand size and immense collection of formations. 


Allen W. Mathis III in the cave when he first took over DeSoto Caverns.

First Cave on Record in the United States

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Childersburg, Alabama, DeSoto Caverns is a site rich in history. In 1796, George Stiggens, a presidential agent, wrote to President George Washington describing the beauty of the cave, and he took note of it as America's first cave. 


Prohibition man in the caverns

Rich History

DeSoto Caverns has played an important role in American history from 2,000 years ago to the Civil War, to the Prohibition of the 1920's, and more! And unlike many historical sites, most of the sites and sounds of DeSoto Caverns have been preserved so that you can experience what other adventurers like yourself encountered hundreds and even thousands of years ago. You'll learn more about this beautiful underground world while on your visit to DeSoto Caverns. There are over twenty attractions on the land above the cave, making DeSoto Caverns the perfect visit for those seeking adventure, the great outdoors, and fun with family or friends.