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    Russell Cave

    National Monument Alabama

Outdoor Activities

 
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Butterfly pollunating a black-eyed susan
Antoine Fletcher
 

Wildflower Meadow

The wildflower meadow is one of the most picturesque locations within the park. Many visitors are drawn to the vibrant perennials, such as black-eyed susans and purple cone flowers, which dance with the seasonal winds.

 
Hiking and Nature Trail
Hiking and Nature Trail
Antoine Fletcher
 

North Alabama Birding Trail

The North Alabama Birding Trail makes a winding 1.2 mile circuit through the colorful forest of Montague Mountain, which connects a separate 1.5 mile nature trail. While hiking, observe one of the 115 species of birds that call Russell Cave their home or listen for a red fox forging in the brush.

 
Mary Dawson Demonstrating the Pump Drill
Mary Dawson Giving a Pump Drill Demonstration
Natalie Smith
 

Prehistoric Tools and Weapons Demonstration

Rangers present demonstrations of spear throwing with atlatls, the techniques of pump and bow drills, the art of flintknapping, and the skills of corn and nut grinding. Experience the thrill of throwing a spear and using a pump drill for yourself!

Picnic Area
Picnic Area
Antoine Fletcher
 

Picnic Area

Enjoy a picnic in the large open area in front of the visitor center.There are several tables to choose from in shady locations. School groups, church groups, scout groups and family reunions are all invited



 
Sink Hole
Sinkhole
Antoine Fletcher
 

Sinkhole

Water slowly dissolved the limestone, which formed a cavern within the earth's crust. When the roof became too expansive to support itself, it collapsed to create a crater or sinkhole. It was through this process that daylight first entered Russell Cave.

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