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Northwest Loop

1 - Mallard Fox Creek Wildlife Management Area - Kiosk Site


2 - Wheeler Dam - South Landing


3 - Joe Wheeler State Park


4 - Town Creek Marsh


5 - Leighton Ponds


6 - Wilson Dam Visitor Center - Kiosk Site


7 - Wilson Dam Rockpile Recreation Area


8 - Tennessee Valley Authority Reservation


9 - Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge - Kiosk Site


10 - Natchez Trace Parkway - Rock Springs Nature Trail


11 - Waterloo


12 - Natchez Trace Parkway - Colbert Ferry


13 - Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area Walking Trail


14 - Bankhead National Forest - Central Firetower - Kiosk Site


15 - Bankhead National Forest - Sipsey Wilderness Trailhead


51 - Cypress Cove Farm

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Mallard Fox Creek Wildlife Management Area - Kiosk Site

Northwest Loop

Heron Description: A 1,483-acre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) along the southern shore of Wheeler Lake that provides access to a number of habitats including grasslands, agricultural fields, wildlife openings, and hardwood forest. This site offers numerous opportunities for viewing waterfowl, wading birds, woodland, and grassland songbirds. Scan the water for Wood Ducks and check the woodlands for mixed flocks of Carolina Chickadees and Tufted Titmice, migrant warblers, and the occasional Downy Woodpecker. The WMA is primarily managed for Mourning Dove and small game hunting. This kiosk was provided by Nucor Steel Decatur, LLC as a contributing corporate partner with Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR).

Directions: In north Decatur, AL at the intersection of US Hwy 31 and AL Hwy 20/Alternate US Hwy 72 (this is at the south end of the Hudson Bridge just before it crosses the Tennessee River), take Hwy 20/Alternate Hwy 72 west for 8.0 miles to CR 579. Turn right and drive 1.0 mile into the WMA. Follow the gravel road through the WMA about a mile to the kiosk.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.6594, W 87.1104
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Parking, Boat Access, Canoeing, Fishing

Contact Info:
ADCNR: Area Biologist
21438 Harris Station Road
Tanner, AL 35671
(256) 353-2634