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Florida Caverns

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Who knew that Florida has caverns??? This is the entrance to the Florida Cavern State Park in Marianna, Fl.

One of the formations inside the cave.

Bill, Vicky & Sonny inside the cave

Another look inside the cave

Narrow pathway we had to navigate thru in the cave

The original outside entrance which is now closed to the public. It has a fence
around it to keep people from attempting to enter thru it. We could only get to
it by walking about 1 1/2 miles in a swampy area from the cave. Only Vicky
& I braved the walk-the "skeeters" were buzzing but it was an awesome walk
thru some eerie but beautiful natural scenery.

A view thru the trees on the path we followed-see the water over the bluff in the

This plaque tells about the area.

Another view from the path down to the swamp below the bluff

This statue is depicting one of the workers who spent a number of year making
the cave so it would be accessible to the public. This was discovered back in the
40's and they brought in workers under the WPA program. I believe the guide said
they were given room and board and paid $5 a week and they were expected to send
most of that home to support their families.

If you ever get a chance to visit the Florida Caverns, it is well worth the stop. It is fairly
inexpensive too. I think it was a $6 entrance fee per vehicle to the park and then $8 for a ticket to tour the cave. The tour takes approximately 90 min.
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