Alabama’s Sequoyah Caverns to Close in September

A barn painted to indicate only 10 more miles to Alabama's Sequoyah Caverns.

A barn painted to indicate only 10 more miles to Alabama’s Sequoyah Caverns. Photo by SeeMidTN.com (aka Brent)/flickr

After nearly 5 decades, Alabama’s Sequoyah Caverns is closing its doors at the end of summer.

First opened in 1964, the now 79-year-old owner, John Jones, plans to retire when the cave closes on September 3rd, 2013.

Famous for its “looking glass lakes”, reflecting pools which highlight the cave’s intricate speleothems and rock formations, Sequoyah Caverns is visited by approximately 12,000 people each year.

This summer will be the last chance to see the beautiful ‘looking glass lakes’ of Sequoyah Caverns. We would like to thank everyone for your patronage throughout the years, and we hope to see you this summer. John Jones, Sequoyah Caverns Owner

The cave and property has been in the Jones’ family since 1841.

The news of the closure comes just as 400 kilometers (250 miles) north, Indiana’s newest showcave, Indiana Caverns, opens it doors for it’s inaugural season.

For more information and to find out how to visit Sequoyah Caverns before it closes, visit sequoyahcaverns.com or call 800-843-5098.

Sequoyah Caverns to close its doors Sept. 3 [yourtownalabama.com]

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  1. June 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm / Reply

    Locations like this should be granted or government help to stay open,
    without take over, to help owners to keep these geological asset alive!

  2. Kayla
    June 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm / Reply

    Thomas. It’s not a financial situation. I work there and John wants to retire..he’s almost 80. He’s not wanting to sell it or let the government get a hold of it. It might not stay closed forever. It’s possible that one of the grandchildren/children might decide to take it over and open it up again. It’s not promised but it is possible.

  3. robyn
    August 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm / Reply

    Will they be open labor day Sept. 2? I have been many times as a kid a I would like to take my daughter.

    • Caving News
      August 21, 2013 at 9:43 pm / Reply

      The cave closes on September 3rd, 2013.

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