Manitou Cave of Alabama

“Great Spirit Mount” photo by Alan Cressler

Manitou, an Ojibwa word, means “Spirit.” This prehistoric cave has been a place of early aboriginal shelter, ceremony, and Cherokee inscriptions. Since the Cherokees forced removal from their land, the cave was mined for salt peter during the civil war. At the turn of the century, the cave developed as a tourist attraction until it was closed and abandoned in 1979. Manitou Cave of Alabama, Inc. was formed in 2016 to save and preserve this living natural museum and world treasure. Your interest and donation can be a part of the mission to protect this historic sacred site though education and conservation, so that the cave, land and water are preserved for visitors and wildlife as a place of peace. 

Manitou Cave of Alabama
Place of Peace
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Current condition of visitor's building

Manitou Cave of Alabama

a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization

Our goal for 2016 is to restore the abandoned 1950’s commercial visitor’s center and re-purpose it into a sustainable Educational Center. Furthering our knowledge and insight about those who have come before us, each other, and our natural environment can lead to greater connections, more effective solutions for today, and perhaps peace.


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