But it was Jacob Gurley, not Bruce Wayne, who renamed it and opened Cathedral Caverns to the public in the 1950s. The state of Alabama bought the caverns in 1987 and opened them as a state park in the summer of 2000.
“Inside the cavern are some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created,” according to the park’s website. Those include “Goliath,” one of the largest stalagmites in the world measuring 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference. You also will see: a “caveman” perched atop a flowstone wall, a “frozen” waterfall, a large stalagmite forest and a most improbable stone formation — a stalagmite that is 27 feet tall and 3 inches wide.