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Due to the remote nature of Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge, visitor access is extremely limited. The primary means of public accessibility is by way of Paint Rock River, where it serves as a refuge border.  Access via road will involve an extensive walk/hike. Please be aware of current weather conditions and your individual capabilities. Be sure to bring insect repellent and drinking water. 

Some of the main points of interest at Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge are the various cave entrances. Remarkably, there are dry and wet entrances to the cave. One is naturally submerged, while the others are above land. One of the unique entrances has become an ongoing roosting site for vultures in the area. The cave itself can only be accessed with a special use permit, due to potential disturbance of certain endangered species. 

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Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex.


Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge
C/O Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge2700 Refuge Headquarters RoadDecatur,AL35603-5202