How Long is a Long Time Ago? Russell Cave is an archaeological site with one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast. Thousands of years ago a portion of Russell Cave's entrance collapsed, creating a shelter that, for more than 10,000 years, was home to prehistoric peoples. Today it provides clues to the daily lifeways of early North American inhabitants dating from 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D.
A great hike up the side of the mountain and back down. I had 3 kids with me ages (2-4). They struggled a little with the incline, but did great on the way back down. If you have younger kids, I would recommend cutting through the nature trial sections to avoid the steeper incline. It was hard on my youngest. Beautiful walk through the woods.
The cave is amazing and the rangers on site are very knowledgeable about its history. The cave is definitely worth a visit. That being said, the nature trail itself is nice but nothing spectacular. You could get to the cave via another trail and bypass the nature trail altogether and you wouldn't be missing much.