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. Sauta Cave itself is gated and not open to the public due to the potential for disturbance of federally endangered gray and Indiana bats.
Location and Contact Information
Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge was established in the 1970s. Sauta Cave provides a summer roosting site for about 200,000 - 400,000 gray bats and a winter hibernacula for both the gray and Indiana bats. Above ground, the refuge protects the federally listed Price's potato-bean, and manages hardwood forest.
What We Do
The predominant management activities are law enforcement and resource protection aimed at protecting crucial habitat of the gray and Indiana bats.
As is the case with many large caves, rare and unique species occur in Sauta Cave. As a result, the Alabama Natural Heritage Program ranks the cave's biodiversity as a site of very high significance.
Visit our digital library to view refuge documents.