Plan Your Visit

Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous recreation opportunities to thousands of visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the unique geology and diverse wildlife, whether driving or hiking. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats.

The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset.  


Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge is located just above the Sauty Creek embayment on TVA's Guntersville Reservoir, 7 miles west of Scottsboro in Jackson County, Alabama. There is an entrance gate to the Refuge on the south side of U.S. Highway 72.

Administration Office:
Sauta Cave is a satellite Refuge of Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex in nearby Decatur, AL. Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge is currently not staffed and all management activities are carried out by Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge staff.

Contact Information:
Project Leader
2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd.
Decatur, AL 35603
(256) 353-7243
FAX: (256) 340-9728

Visitor Center:
No visitor center present.

Points of Interest:
Bat emergence, hiking, wildlife observation, and wildlife photography are all activities that are available to the public.

Know Before You Go: 
There are no visitor services. Access via road will involve an approximately 100 yard walk/hike. Please be aware of current weather conditions and your individual capabilities. Cave viewing platform is universally accessible. Be sure to bring insect repellent and drinking water. For bat emergence, it is recommended that you bring a flashlight, and cover/rain gear due to bat guano droppings.