The Russell Cave National Monument in Bridgeport, Alabama is part of the National Park Service. The site was generously donated to the American public in 1961 by the National Geographic Society.
If thrills, excitement and entertainment is what you’re after then you can probably cross it off your list of attractions to visit. On the other hand, if you’re a bit of a history buff with a penchant for archaeology and prehistoric civilization, you will likely appreciate this simplistic yet intriguing national monument which offers a glimpse in to local life dating back to 10,000 BC.
If the outdoors and nature is your idea of fun, you’ll enjoy your visit. There’s nature trails waiting to be explored either on your own or with a guide, providing there’s available staff. The park rangers and staff are very helpful and friendly.
Along with the cave itself the park has a small museum exhibit and bookstore that offers further insight and educational material about the park and life during the Cave’s former inhabitants time. It’s very much an educational orientated attraction. When you buy from the bookstore you are supporting the park services.
Guided tours of the park and cave monument are available. The park caters for guided school tours for groups of up to 50 students. If you’re after more outdoor orientated fun then I highly recommend taking a detour to Fort Payne’s Little River Canyon, which takes an hour or so to drive there.
The park, cave and all related services are 100% free of charge. There is a variety of special events organized throughout the year which are are also free to all visitors.
The Park is open all week and throughout the year with the exception of Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving Day from 8 am – 4.30 pm CST.