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Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge, AL

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Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge

Fern Cave NWR was purchased in 1981 to provide protection for the federally endangered gray and Indiana bats. It consists of 199 acres of forested hillside underlain by a massive cave with many stalactite...[more]

Address

2700 Refuge Headquarters Road
Decatur, AL 35609
Phone:256-353-7243
Email:wheeler@fws.gov

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Directions

Fern Cave NWR is located on the western slope of Nat Mountain. From Huntsville, take highway 72 north to Gurley. North of Gurley, turn left on County road 500 just past where hwy 72 crosses the Paint Rock River. CR 500 is closed at a gate but access by foot traffic is still allowed. Follow the old road as it winds along the Paint Rock River along the southwest base of Nat Mountain and look for National Wildlife Refuge signs.

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