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Sauta Cave
National Wildlife Refuge

2700 Refuge Headquarters Road
Decatur, AL   35603
E-mail: wheeler@fws.gov
Phone Number: 256-353-7243
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Up to 300,000 gray bats roost in Sauta Cave and one can view their spectacular evening emergence during the summer months.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife Observation and Photography - Sauta Cave itself is gated and not open to the public due to the potential for disturbance of federally endangered gray and Indiana bats. Other portions of the 264 acre Refuge are open to the public. Persons wishing to visit the cave may park outside the Refuge entrance gate and walk into the cave entrance.

During June, July, and August, one of nature's most spectacular events occurs every evening. At dusk, approximately 200,000 bats leave the cave to begin their nightly foraging and can last for up to an hour. To view the bat emergence, park at the Refuge entrance gate and walk approximately 100 yards to the cave entrance on your right. The best viewing will be from either side of the cave entrance.

Open daylight hours only (year-round). The cave entrance area is open until it gets too dark to see the emergence.

Entrance Fees
All Refuge facilities are free to the public.

Use Fees
All Refuge activities are free to the public.
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