Public Use Opportunities
Wildlife Observation and Photography: The Refuge has 2.5 miles of roads/trails that are open for hiking and bicycling that pass through native grasslands, upland hardwoods, and agricultural land. The trail system offers opportunities to view or photograph an assortment of wildlife including many grassland bird species. No vehicular access is allowed on Key Cave NWR, however handicapped accesible parking is available at the Kiosk and Wildlife Viewing Tower.
Public use of the refuge is light, but increasing. Key Cave itself is managed for protection, therefore it is not open to the public due to the potential for disturbance of the federally endangered species, the Alabama cavefish and gray bats. Other portions of the 1,060 acre Refuge are open to the public. Persons wishing to visit the refuge may park their vehicle at the kiosk parking lot.
Environmental Education and Interpretation: Key Cave is home to site #9 of the North Alabama Birding Trail. Panels on the kiosk provide environmenatl education and interpretation.
Hunting Opportunities: The Refuge is open to small game, northern bobwhite quail and migratory bird hunting. Permits and special regulations are subject to the State of Alabama's Seven Mile Island Wildlife Management Area Regulation; please contact Wheeler NWR headquarters for more specific information.
Hours: Outdoor facilities are open daily, dawn to dusk (year-round).
Fees: There are no entrance fees, however, a free hunting permit is required for Refuge hunts.