Superintendent Gail Bishop announces the closure of Russell Cave National Monument on June 5th and 7th to complete the "Cyclic Resurfacing of Roads and Parking Areas" project. The park received funding to resurface the park road, re-stripe the parking spaces, and to add additional accessible curb cut-outs for wheelchair users. The roads were resurfaced about 20 years ago.
The purpose of this cyclic project is to maintain the paved roads and parking areas along with the road bridge in good condition. Good condition roads allow for safe travel for visitors. Completion of this project will prevent excessive deterioration of the road surface and serious need for rehabilitation in the future. The entrance road is the only access to Russell Cave National Monument which provides visitors access to this area so they can enjoy the park. The roads within Russell Cave are essential for emergency vehicles and firefighting access.
The park should re-open on June 8th. For questions about the closure, call (256) 845-9605 or visit the park's webpage at www.nps/ruca and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RussellCaveNationalMonument
Did You Know?
The atlatl, a spear thrower, was used for hunting at Russell Cave National Monument. This tool multiplies the force and distance of the spear and acts as an arm extension. The archeological evidence at this site includes deer antler hooks, deer antler handles, and stone weights.