Russell Cave National Monument Bridgeport, AL 3729 County Road 98
Bridgeport, AL 35740
(256) 495-2672 www.nps.gov/ruca/index.htm

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Russell Cave National Monument
We welcome our new summer intern Emely H. from Sewanee: The University of the South to Russell Cave! On her first day, she has already done a stone grinding demonstration, hiked all park trails and identified some interesting critters! (DLW)
  • on July 01
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Take note of our interpretive garden between the parking lot and the visitor center! The 3 sisters (corn, beans & squash) are growing along side some mammoth sunflowers. It's a happy site when those sunflowers burst open. Feel free to ask park rangers questions about these Woodland and Mississippian period plants. (DLW)
  • on June 29
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Despite threatening storms last night, we were still able to have a wonderful time learning about and getting to see some fireflies out at the cave shelter last night. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out! (BR)
  • on June 23
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Today's friendly critters at Russell Cave shared the Meadow Loop Trail and Ranger Donna's 2 PM Flute program. Stop by soon to see these, and many more, park residents! (dlw)
  • on June 15
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Summer blooms are popping out all over in our Meadow Loop Walk! Today's a great day to take a short stroll and see some lovely flowers! (dlw)
  • on June 11
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Don't forget that this Saturday, June 1, at 10AM CST Russell Cave will be offering a Ranger guided hike on our 1.2 mile trail. Please plan to arrive by 9:45AM CST and wear comfortable clothes to walk in and proper shoes. We also recommend applying bug spray and sunscreen before arriving and bringing plenty of water. The weather looks to be sunny and warm and our trail can be strenuous so please come prepared. We hope to see you here! (BR)
  • on May 30
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Visit our NEW Meadow Loop Walk! Come see summer flowers ready to burst into bloom. Stroll in the shade and enjoy the sun on this widely mowed path through nature. Blooming now - Butterfly Weed and Black Eyed Susan. (DLW)
  • on May 29
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Thanks again to Becky Tucker for another great reptile show this weekend. We had a fine attendance and thank everyone for joining us! Stay tuned for more special programs. (DLW)
  • on May 27
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Wow! Come see some snazzy summer flowers in bloom on our 1.2 mile hiking trail. These lovelies are at their peak and won't last long in the heat. Bring some water to keep yourselves hydrated while catching a glimpse of our current flower show! (DW)
  • on May 20
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Kick off the summer season right by joining Russell Cave next week in learning about many different snakes and reptiles. The Yarbrough's Educational Reptile show is fun for all ages and a great way to prepare for the peak of snake season. #FindYourPark (BR)
  • on May 18
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Russell Cave is pleased to offer "Hike with a Ranger" at 10 AM CST on the following days: June 1 June 15 July 6 July 13 August 3 August 17 Sept 7 Sept 21 Oct 5 Meet in the gazebo at 9:45 AM. The paved trail is 1.2 miles long with an elevation gain of approximately 350 feet in 1/3 mile and is considered moderately strenuous. Bring water, a snack and wear appropriate clothing. Special topics to be discussed may include: park history, plants, animals, ecology, health, and even music on these hikes! Each one will be a little bit different so feel free to keep coming back for more. For more information, please call 256-495-2672. (BR)
  • on May 16
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Thank you to everyone who braved the weather last Sunday and came out to see Wings to Soar. As usual, they put on a great program and we had a great time learning about all the different birds of prey that live nearby. #FindYourPark #BirdsofPrey (BR)
  • on May 15
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Thank you for celebrating Cave Week by learning about some of the nation's cave sites and their discovery stories. It is now your chance to create your own amazing cave stories! #CaveWeek #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque
  • on May 11
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CAVE WEEK- MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK Thousands of years ago the first humans entered Mammoth Cave. The cave was later re-discovered by pioneer settlers, and used during the war of 1812 for saltpeter. By 1816, this large Kentucky cave was open for tourism showcasing it’s amazing curiosities. While we have mapped the cave to be the longest cave in the world (412 mi or 663 km) its total length still eludes us. There is no end in sight to this mysterious underworld. Jackie Wheet #mammothcave #caveweek #findyourpark
  • on May 11
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Russell Cave will be hosting Wings to Soar for the birds of prey program this Sunday rain or shine. If the weather proves too much to be outside, the presenters will be moved inside. If this is the case, spacing may be limited, so be sure to arrive early to enjoy this great program. (BR)
  • on May 10
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CAVE WEEK- JEWEL CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT Early in 1900, South Dakota prospectors Frank and Albert Michaud heard wind rushing through a hole in the rocks in Hell Canyon. Using dynamite to enlarge the hole, they entered into an underground world of sparkling crystals. These jewel-like crystals inspired them to name their discovery Jewel Cave. Thinking these crystals could be used for a profit, the Michauds filed a mining claim on the property. When their mining attempts didn’t thrive they began using the cave as a tourist attraction. Over the next few years, they built trails and began to guide visitors through the cave. Their efforts soon brought national attention to the subterranean treasures and the need to protect them. In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Jewel Cave as a National Monument. Then, in 1933, the National Parks Service began its administration of the cave. During this time, National Park Service employees explored the cave beyond the limits reached by the Michauds, bringing the total length of the known passages to about 1 mile (1.6 km). Starting in 1961, cave explores Herb and Jann Conn devoted 21 years to leading cave trips and exploring new passages. Today, through continued research and cave exploration, the known passages are over 200 miles (321.8 km) in length. Sidney Forsch #JewelCave #JECA #FindYourPark #CaveWeek #SouthDakota #hifromsd #cave exploring
  • on May 10
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CAVE WEEK- EL MALPAIS NATIONAL MONUMENT Named by Spanish explorers as they detoured around forbidding and unrelenting flows of basalt, El Malpais National Monument is home to one of the most complete sequences of lava flows in the country. Preserved within this harsh yet starkly beautiful landscape are many lava tube cave systems, cinder cones, spatter cones, and other intriguing volcanic features. Lava tube caves, with their fascinating geology and hidden ice formations, await your careful exploration. With a free caving permit and the proper equipment, you can experience these magnificent underworlds. NPS USGS / Ernest Valdez #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #CaveWeek
  • on May 09
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CAVE WEEK- CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK In 1898, Jim White, a 16 year old ranch hand, looks up from his job of repairing fences for the XXX Ranch and views smoke coming from the mountain top. He leaves to investigate and discovers the smoke is actually a giant colony of bats! Jim follows the stream of bats to the gaping hole they are emerging from. With his curiosity peaked, he fashioned ladders made of barbed wire and sticks, then descended into the darkness. Over the years he would explore 19 (30.6 km) of the 34 known miles (54.71 km) of Carlsbad Cavern and discover the largest cave chamber in North America. Dan Pawlak #CarlsbadCaverns #CaveWeek #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque
  • on May 08
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CAVE WEEK- TIMPANOGOS CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT In 1887 Martin Hansen was cutting wood in the canyon when he saw fresh mountain lion tracks in the snow, and followed those tracks to discover Hansen Cave, the first of the caves visited on a tour. Timpanogos Cave was discovered by teenage boys James Gough and Frank Johnson in 1913, then hidden and eventually lost. It was rediscovered in 1921 by Vearl Manwill and the Payson Hiking Club. Middle Cave was found by Wayne and Heber Hansen; they noticed the opening while deer hunting in the canyon. The three individual caves were joined together by man-made tunnels in the 1930s as part of a WPA project. NPS / Ryan Maurer #CaveWeek #FindYourPark
  • on May 07
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CAVE WEEK- WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK This week, as part of Cave Week, we are hearing the discovery stories of other National Park Service caves. Today we learn about Wind Cave, a national park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Lakota people have known about the opening to Wind Cave since time immemorial. Listen to a podcast by Ranger Sina Bear Eagle as she tells the Lakota Emergence Story. https://www.nps.gov/wica/learn/historyculture/the-lakota-emergence-story.htm #WindCave #FindYourPark #CaveWeek #SouthDakota
  • on May 06
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CAVE WEEK- RUSSELL CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT 12,000 years ago, the first humans discovered Russell Cave, tucked into the side of a small mountain, less than 10 miles from the Tennessee River. These prehistoric people would leave behind evidence of their stay in the cave for thousands of years, until around 1650 CE, when they apparently stopped coming. Years later, in 1951, civil engineer and amateur archeologist Paul Brown was brought to Russell Cave to look at some found projectile points. Little did he know he was being brought to one of the longest continuously used sites in the Southeastern United States. Five years later, the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian had been brought in to undergo major excavations of the cave, eventually delving into the ground an extensive 32 feet (9.7 m). Evidence of all past prehistoric time periods were found in Russell Cave, as well as a spear point unique to the site at the time. Today visitors can visit where the archeological discoveries were made and learn about the original inhabitants. BR #CaveWeek #FindYourPark
  • on May 05
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Every cave is a subterranean dreamland, and with it comes an equally fantastic and legendary discovery story. Celebrate Cave Week by learning about caves across the nation and their discovery stories! #CaveWeek #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque
  • on May 05
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Thank you to all our visitors who came out to celebrate #ParkRx day with us. We had a great time with the Ranger guided hike as well as the Native Tea program. (BR) #FindYourPark
  • on April 28
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Russell Cave has officially entered spring, and with that comes beautiful weather to enjoy in the great outdoors. Some of you may be looking for a chance to fill your #ParkRX and this weekend, Saturday, April 27th at 10am CST and Sunday, April 28th at 1pm CST we are offering you just that. Join us for a Ranger Guided hike on our nature trail to get some exercise while learning about some of the plants popping up in our park. Because we are in Spring and warm weather can bring changes, be sure to bring bug spray, sunscreen, water, and a snack with you. We also recommend wearing sturdy shoes and a hat. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before each scheduled hike and meet the ranger in the gazebo area. #FindYourPark #NationalParkWeek (BR)
  • on April 24
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Thanks to our grant funding from the National Park Foundation, we were able to host 42 students from Bryant Elementary School, Jackson, AL for a park field trip visit and special music program on April 22, 2019. (DLW)
  • on April 23
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3729 County Road 98
Bridgeport, AL 35740
Phone.....................(256) 495-2672

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