How Long is a Long Time Ago?
Russell Cave is an archaeological site with one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast. Thousands of years ago a portion of Russell Cave's entrance collapsed, creating a shelter that, for more than 10,000 years, was home to prehistoric peoples. Today it provides clues to the daily lifeways of early North American inhabitants dating from 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D.
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Wondering what to do while visiting Russell Cave? Click the link below to read about our scheduled of activities.Read More
Astronomy and Night Sky Programs
Russell Cave offers several astronomy and night sky programs each year. Join us on one of our many moonlit night hikes or dark sky star parties.Read More
Did You Know?
Site 44 of the North Alabama Birding Trail is located at Russell Cave National Monument. Researchers have identified more than 115 species of birds at this site. This photo shows a blue gray gnatcatcher nesting in spring.