The park was opened to the public in 1955 and became a state park in 1974. 160 acres of the 380 acre park are developed. The cavern itself is part of the National Caves Association, and features limestone formations, blind fish, and an underground pool. The park also features an Olympic-size swimming pool, snack bar, picnic area, large and small picnic shelter, hiking trails, playground, campground and gift shop.
The park has not changed significantly since the 1980s. The park's caretakers cite a lack of state funding. In 2008, the non-profit Friends of Rickwood Caverns began sprucing up the park, and plan to open up many more acres via a pedestrian bridge.
- Jaffe, Dana (June 16, 2008) "Friends of Rickwood Caverns plan to improve Alabama state park." Birmingham News
- Crowe, Christina (August 6, 2009) "Rickwood Caverns State Park" Black & White