Visitor Activities

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Fern Cave itself is not open to the public due to the potential for disturbance of the gray and Indiana bats, but other portions of the 199-acre refuge are.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife Viewing

    The Refuge elevation changes from the relative flat of the Paint Rock River Valley to the 1,500+ feet elevation at near the top of the mountain. Viewing the bat emergences from one of the many cave openings is not recommended. Being on top of the mountain at dark and having to walk back down could result in serious injuries as there are no established hiking trails.

  • Photography

    Purple flower

    The many unique landscape characteristics present at Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge offer a wonderful opportunity for various landscape photographs.