Russell Cave National Monument

Overview

For thousands of years bands of prehistoric Indians came to the area known today as Russell Cave. The cave provided a shelter and the surrounding forest provided food, tools, and fuel for their fires. Occupation of the cave shelter continued from the earliest known people to inhabit the southeastern United States, until the time of European explorers. The story of the inhabitants of Russell Cave is one of adaptation and survival, and gives us a better idea of how prehistoric Indians lived and survived! Russell Cave National Monument offers many educational programs for visitors of all ages. The museum area in the visitor center contains many facts about Russell Cave. View actual artifacts and reproductions of items found in the cave shelter. Photos and a timeline tell the story of the people that lived at Russell Cave long ago, as well as the history of the archeological excavations. Experience ranger guided tours of the cave shelter, visit Museum exhibits, watch movies about the life-ways of prehistoric people, take a nature hike along Alabama Birding Trail, utilize the picnic areas, or see demonstrations of prehistoric tools and weapons.

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Seasonality / Weather

Russell Cave National Monument is open year round, seven days a week, with the exception of New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Directions

Driving: 

Russell Cave National Monument is located at 3729 County Road 98 in Bridgeport, Alabama. It is situated in the northeast corner of Alabama, just south of the Tennessee state line.

From Chattanooga, Tennessee: Go West on Interstate 24. Take U.S. Highway 72 West to County Road 75. Turn Right onto County Road 75. Continue on County Road 75 for one mile. Turn Right onto County Road 98 for four miles. Turn Left into the entrance of the park.

From Huntsville or Scottsboro, Alabama: Take U.S. Highway 72 East to County Road 75. Turn Left onto County Road 75. Continue on County Road 75 for one mile. Turn Right onto County Road 98 for four miles. Turn Left into the entrance of the park.