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Childersburg - Desoto Caverns Family Fun Park

5181 DeSoto Caverns Parkway
800-933-2283

History:

A Woodland Indian burial called a "Copena" burial site can be seen in DeSoto Caverns. The word "Copena" comes from the first three letters of copper and the last three letters of galena, two materials commonly found in these burials. Typically, more than one body fills the mound pit along with such burial offerings as a leaf-shaped stone spear point (called a Copena point).

Prior to a typical Copena burial, the Indians placed their dead out on racks in the sun to dry and decay. Birds would eat away the flesh after which the Indians would gather up the bones and carry them in a sack to their ancestral cave. Here, they would cover the sack with clay and bury it in the earth. The Indians believed it was important that each dead person's spirit have the use of his or her limbs, hands, etc., to get around in the afterlife. They also believed the cave was a peaceful and protective environment for the spirits of their ancestors to live on in.

The burial was discovered in 1965 by a team of archaeologists from the University of Alabama. It contained the skeletons of five Indians, one of whom was a child. Of special note was the immense jawbone of one of these Indians whom scientists believe was more than seven feet tall. Several years ago, DeSoto Caverns Park officials agreed to allow a group of Native Americans to rebury the remains of these Indians in an undisclosed area of the cave.



Reviews

Sarena Pitts

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Cave was awesome, other activities...not so much. Kids liked the rock n roll, but the other ones were lacking. Tour guide was informative about historical facts but didn't talk much about scientific educational things such as why some rocks form upwards and some form from top downwards and how cave is shaped. Didn't like that there was only one line (or place) in the gift shop/ restaurant where visitors ordered food, bought gifts, and also paid for packages/entry into the cavern campus. I was on a time schedule to purchase and eat lunch in order to catch up with my tour group but I had to wait behind two families who were given the run-down of activities and cave tours that they could purchase. Overall, experience was good, as kids enjoyed it, but without kids it would not have seemed worth the 8 hr round trip drive.

Joseph Dutko

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Sunday, March 18, 2018
DeSoto Caverns have many activities in addition to the caverns themselves, camping and hiking. There are ponds and small water features to catch you fancy. Inside the caverns we enjoyed laser show, it was really neat. The size of main room was impressive and it was loaded with many formations of all variations. You will find the staff friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, enjoy yourselves.

Tabatha Shaw

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Sunday, April 1, 2018
Christian based family oriented fun park! Super staff and clean everything. No smoking! This place is BIG be prepared to walk around. Also RV campgrounds. Laser light show if you take cavern tour. Awesome!!

Jeremy Banks

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Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Went here several times as a kid. Had to take my wife and daughter who had never been. We had fun. The cave lighting display was new and different. The outdoor games they have added make the experience better. They were also doing a concert that weekend. Enjoy!

Rayleigh Crawford

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Sunday, March 25, 2018
This was a great place to take the family. The attractions were fun. Expensive but fun. The camp ground was a lot of fun. If you are looking for a place to park your RV for a couple of days this is a great place for you. You children will have a blast!

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