Russell Cave National Monument

Location: Bridgeport, Alabama
Date: May 1, 2014

Entrance to Russell Cave

Russell Cave is a 7.2-mile long cave in northern Alabama that is the third longest cave in the state. The large main entrance to the cave was the location of the earliest known human settlement in the southeastern United States, with evidence that the cave was occupied nearly 10,000 years ago.

Settlement area in the cave

Today a short boardwalk goes from the visitor center and into the cave entrance where the settlement was located. You can't go any further into the cave, but there are a few hiking trails that traverse the hillside above it.

Boardwalk to the cave

Stream flowing from the ground before entering the cave

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