Cherney Maribel Caves County Park offers many caves and crevices that are open and accessible by a series of trails to the public when the park is officially open like Coopers Cave, Staircase Cave, Pancake Cave, Tunnel Passage, and Spring Cave by viewing deck only. The park also has some caves that are gated open only for set tours during certain times of the year like Maribel New Hope Cave and the Tartarus Cave System. Cherney Maribel Caves County Park occupies 75 acres on the West Twin River north of the Village of Maribel in the Town of Cooperstown. A rugged cliff line, generally paralleling the river, separates the gently rolling, partially wooded upland area from the wooded lowland adjacent to the river. The foot of the cliff line contains several medium to small caves and openings in the rock layers.
The upland wooded area and its fringes have been developed with amenities for picnicking, biking, skiing, and hiking. Picnic tables, grills, a picnic shelter, toilet facilities, and playground equipment are provided in or near the picnic area. Additional trails are located in the area of the park above the cliff line. Portions of the openland have been planted in seedlings in a reforestation project. A staircase and trail system has been constructed for greater accessibility to the scenic lowland area consisting of the caves and river.
Park is open year around
Upper parking only Nov 1 - Mar 31 (pit restrooms only available)
Lower parking Apr 1 - Oct 31 (all restrooms open)
General Park Hours & Rules
Dawn to Dusk daily
No fee to use park
Pet friendly (must be on leash at all times)
No climbing or rappelling
Plan for a Tour...
Maribel New Hope Cave is open to the public for tours on scheduled tour Sundays only, or for educational groups by appointment.
Scheduled tour Sundays are every 3rd Sunday of the month May-October 10am-3pm ($5 donation per person appreciated)
The cave gate is locked during other times to protect cave formations and bats who call the cave home, contact us for more information.
Educational groups of 10 or more ~ Please contact us in advance for tour arrangements so we can best service your group.
Learn about the history of the nearby Maribel Caves Health Resort, the Maribel Mineral Springs, the caves and their formation. Join in the fun working in the cave or on other restoration and renovation projects within the park. Smaller caves along the bluff are open during normal park hours.
Come join in a caving experience you will want to tell your grandchildren about. All ages welcome. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable old walking shoes, and remember you might get dirty!