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Russell Cave Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bridgeport, Alabama that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 390 feet Route Type: Loop

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6 months ago

Has a lot of potential, but unfortunately the already short trail stops outside of the cave entrance. Very underwhelming.

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10 months ago

Nice little loop. A little steep at certain points, and there were a few trees down over the path.

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10 months ago

Easy enough paved trail up and down the mountain to the cave. Vibrant green moss all over and lush vegetation. Great for picture taking. The park also does activities on the weekend from basket weaving to building a long bow. This park does close earlier then most others do at 430 central time. Otherwise this would be 5 stars for this small trail.

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11 months ago

This was a nice little trail, made me realize how out of shape I am, but it was a pretty a steep incline and drop.

Fri Jul 05 2019

Very steep but fun. My twin 10 year old girls and 5 year old son enjoyed it. The trail is very shaded.

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Sun Apr 28 2019

The kids enjoyed themselves.

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Thu Mar 28 2019

Cute little paved trail going up and down a mountain. The trail leading to the cave is not part of this loop but the boardwalk continued around the bend. Trail can be very steep going up and coming back down. Definitely need to wear shoes that your feet won't slide in! I would also recommend going up the right side first, the trail wasn't as steep to climb. Won't recommend this as an easy beginners trail.

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Mon Feb 11 2019

Nice short trail at an interesting historical location. Nice mesh of birds. The trail was paved but often with a lot of moss which makes it not entirely safe when it is wet.

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Sun Feb 10 2019

Steep in some places. Was misty and a little wet today. Glad I had my poles for the steeper parts. Cave is very cool looking. Had both Kinglets. Downey, pileated, yellow bellied and red bellies woodpeckers. Both nuthatches. C wren, chickadee and t titmouse.

Sun Nov 04 2018

It’s fine.!

Mon May 21 2018

Good little workout on a nice trail, but it needs some general maintenance to prevent being overgrown.

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Sat Mar 24 2018

Short walk, but straight up and then straight down: Wear good shoes

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Sun Mar 04 2018

This trail was a good workout on the incline. Coming back down was really steep and I think as hard as going up.

Thu Jun 29 2017

Wasn't a bad trail. The scenery was pleasant and the inclines were a great workout. Going down seemed harder than going up. Was disappointed that with all the animals that are supposed to be there I only came across a cornsnake. Saw lots of butterflies and moths. One section of trail was broken. Overall, can be strenuous for those not used to a lot of inclines.

Sun Mar 26 2017

Was not happy with this trail.

Wed Jul 13 2016

can't enter the cave.

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Tue Apr 05 2016

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.

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Sun Apr 03 2016

It was a short trail mostly paved. You are not allowed to enter the cave which was a disappointment.

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Sun Sep 13 2015

Walk to the cave is very short although the woman in the visitor center was very nice and informative. The Native American mannequins in the cave just make it cheesy.

Mon Jul 07 2014

Very cool cave, but exploring is very limited. Oh, and there are Native American statues that take away from the cave

Wed Mar 26 2014

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.

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