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Alabaster Caverns Freedom

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Alabaster Caverns
217036 SH 50A
Freedom
OK
73842
Tel: 580 621 3381

Directions

Located 6 miles south of Freedom on Hwy 50, 1/2 mile east on Hwy 50A, or 20 miles north of Mooreland on Hwy 50.

Where are we going today?

If you had to guess where the largest natural gypsum cave was in the whole world that is open to the public - where would you guess? if you guessed the Alabaster Caverns in Oklahoma, you'd be right!

This amazing cavern is located in the 200 acre Alabaster Caverns State Park, and is formed of alabaster, which is a rare form of gypsum.  It also happens to be the ONLY gypsum show cave in the entire USA. Now THAT is worth visiting for!

This unique cavern is actually 3/4 mile long, and the only way to explore it is through the guided tours. These tours allow a maximum of 40 visitors a year, and this gets you a guide to explain all the amazing wonders you are seeing, led by a well lit path.

The tour does involve quite a strenuous walk for the 3/4 mile, and it will take you up and down 330 stair steps, so make sure you are prepared. The cave is natural, and of course underground, so be prepared for the cool and damp atmosphere. The path at times is uneven, and sometimes a steep incline too.

After 45 minutes you will be done! But you will be so glad you explored this incredible natural wonder.

The park itself also features 11 RV sites that can be reserved, and 12 tent sites that are on a first come, first serve basis. Perfect if you wanted to extend your family day out even more.

Also in the area are beautiful hiking trails, a volleyball court, picnic areas and the chance to enjoy wild camping - an experience that should be enjoyed once in a lifetime!

Explore the unique, three quarter mile Alabaster Cave: the largest natural gypsum cave in the world open to the public, with the benefits of a recent lighting overhaul.

Options and events include daily guided cave tours, lantern tours, the Bat Wing Ding, Wild Caving and Camping. Camp and RV ground offers full hook ups, children's playground, picnic area and more.

Wild caving is also an option too! An amazing experience between April and September!

Underground fun at the Alabaster Caverns - let's get adventurous!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$7 (Ages 6 to 12)
  • Free Under: 5 years but you do need a ticket
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

8am to 5pm daily, tour run hourly 9am to 4pm.

All year round for guided cavern tours.

I'm Hungry!

There is a picnic area where you can enjoy some healthy homemade lunches with the family!.

Any Top Tips?

Tours, camping and other activities incur an additional charge..

Doing our bit

The caverns are naturally dark and cold, so they have created a beautiful lighting system to make it easier for you. They also keep groups to 40 people to ensure your safety. .

Need a little extra help?

The tour is only suitable for those in good health and able bodied. There are steep inclines, 330 steps and uneven pathways.

Can I get one of those?

Can you have a great time out in nature? You sure can! Make sure you take advantage of everything in the area, as well as the cavern.

More information

Other activities are seasonal, such as Wild Caving and Cave Camping (April to Sept), and then there are special events like Birthday Bash (Sept 3 to 5) and Easter Egg Hunts in March!.

What people are saying?

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    The third time in 20 years i have been there. The guide was a little abrasive but knowledgeable. She contradicted what previous guides had mentioned and relied on questions asked instead of informing us on History like previous guides. I felt a little rushed and didn't like the fact that lights turning out behind us set the pace for the tour and felt being "left" behind as a way to motivate people to "keep" up was unnecessary. I will still go back.

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    The drive from OKC is boring Oklahoma farm land...but the park is a perfect day trip park. You can leave OKC in the morning, have lunch in Woodward and visit the park the afternoon.
    The park cave tours start promptly on the hour. Takes about an hour walk through the tour lead cave.
    There is camp camping too, visit the state park website for more info.

    You can hike the trails, some are experienced/moderate hiker level experience but the trails are easy. There are nice scenic views in certain areas.

    Snacks consist of soda and candy bars, so bring...Read More

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    3 hour drive from the OKC area and well worth every minute! It's a very small state park, but there is a lot packed in. The cave tour was fantastic; a lot of great Oklahoma history there and a great national treasure. Although we didn't camp, the camping ground and facilites seems minimal but sufficient. The hiking paths were not that long but very scenic and even a bit challenging in spots. All in all a fantastic Oklahoma gem that is well worth the drive.

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    Wtf!?! We just drove an hr to take a tour. We were the only ones there, and she told us we would have to wait 35 min to take it. So we did. Waited right in front of the place in the parking lot. When we went inside, the same homely little girl that told us we had to wait said we were 5 min late and had to wait another hr for the next tour. We were the only two ppl there all day! Wtf!?! Thats pretty lame. :(

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    I really like Alabaster caverns. They have great campgrounds and facilities. The staff is very friendly and courteous. The caves are really fun to explore if you have the permit and equipment. I've been to it twice now, and have had a blast both times. it's truly a rare treat to get to explore caves in Oklahoma.

    To get the permit, you will need:

    minimum of three people
    a bottle of water for each person
    first aid kit
    flashlight for each person
    clothes to get dirty (it's very muddy in the caves)
    proper shoes (hiking boots work, I wore my five finger...Read More

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by Russell Tidaback

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The drive from OKC is boring Oklahoma farm land...but the park is a perfect day trip park. You can leave OKC in the morning, have lunch in Woodward and visit the park the afternoon.
The park cave tours start promptly on the hour. Takes about an hour walk through the tour lead cave.
There is camp camping too, visit the state park website for more info.

You can hike the trails, some are experienced/moderate hiker level experience but the trails are easy. There are nice scenic views in certain areas.

Snacks consist of soda and candy bars, so bring some of your own. Also, bring some water as the trails...you will need it. No water bottles, snacks, drinks, etc in the cave.

Also, if you can not walk stairs easily...don't go to this park. YOU would be the hazard.

I recommend the park...there's not alot to do in Oklahoma so...

by Bruce Johnson

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I really like Alabaster caverns. They have great campgrounds and facilities. The staff is very friendly and courteous. The caves are really fun to explore if you have the permit and equipment. I've been to it twice now, and have had a blast both times. it's truly a rare treat to get to explore caves in Oklahoma.

To get the permit, you will need:

minimum of three people
a bottle of water for each person
first aid kit
flashlight for each person
clothes to get dirty (it's very muddy in the caves)
proper shoes (hiking boots work, I wore my five finger shoes, which also work great)
hard hat
$5 per person

There are some fun trails to the caves, and surrounding them as well, which I enjoyed.
There's not a lot of bodies of water in the park, so if you're planning on going during hot weather, just prepare accordingly and be sure to stay cool.

There are two bathroom facilities; one by the park office, which has showers that need money to use, and you are not allowed to wash your muddy clothes there.
The second is located in teh lower campgrounds in what i call "the gulley". They have sinks and toilets (i'd bring toilet paper just in case) and no working showers.

The campgrounds do have fire rings on most sites, but not all, and charcoal grills. Some of the firerings have grillcovers you can take on an off for cooking. There are also lantern hangers with two different level hooks and concrete picnic tables.

The tour of the cave is great too. It can get pretty cold in there, so i'd recommend pants and a light jacket, and shoes with a good grip because it gets slippery. There is no food or drink of any kind allowed in the main Alabaster cavern.

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