21 Oct 2019
Leaving our Harvest Host campsite, we continued south and decided to visit the Russel CaveNational Monument. It is in rural northern Alabama and our GPS took us right to it. It is a very small national site with some hiking trials and an exhibit area explaining the importance of the site.
It is a short and easy walk to the cave site and if you have visited a lot of caves it will not immediately impress you. What makes this place so special is the fact that humans lived at this site for over 10,000 years. This time frame is the oldest known human occupation in the southeast United States. The cave has been mapped for over 7 miles and is still being actively studied. Knowing that humans have lived here for such a long period of time is what makes it so impressive.