Russell Cave Nature Trail

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Russell Cave National Monument
in Jackson County


N 34.978497
E -85.809712





Time 0.75 hrs Loop
Distance 1.33 mi

The Russell Cave Nature Trail is a short 1.33 mile hike which circles up the side of the Russell Mountain. The hike begins just past the visitors center on the boardwalk leading to Russell Cave. Upon starting the hike, you can gaze over into a deep sinkhole, many of which small depressions can be seen along the hike. Immediately, the trails begins to gain in elevation and does so for the first half of the hike. At times the trail become very steep and could be difficult during the fall and winter when it’s covered in leaves. The trail itself is entirely paved and weaves its way through the thick hardwood forest which covers the side of the hill. Numerous rock outcroppings and boulders can be seen along the way. Various plants and tress are labeled with information of their uses in prehistorical and modern times. Overall the trail is a good hike, with a nice view at the peak during the winter and early spring months. Be prepared, though for a steep ascent up the mountain for the first 1/2 of the hike before you begin back down.


The hiking trails begins from the boardwalk located behind the visitors center.

Trail added on May 28, 2016
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