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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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Site #3
Joe Wheeler State Park

Northwest Loop

Red-eyed Vireo Description: This resort park is complete with extensive facilities, including a resort lodge, restaurant, and marina. The park provides access to the north side of Wheeler Lake and associated backwaters, which are often good for waterbirds. The park also holds several patches of deciduous hardwoods crisscrossed by marked forest trails for woodland birding. As you walk the trails, enjoy the cheery call-and-answer song of Red-eyed Vireos and the endless hiccoughs of Summer Tanagers. Along quiet backwaters look for Wood Ducks and Canada Geese with their downy young in the summer. In the winter, when the water dramatically recedes, these same areas are filled with shorebirds probing the mud for tasty snacks.

Directions: AL Hwy 101 crosses the river on Wheeler Dam. From the north end of the dam go north 3.0 miles, turn right (east) on US Hwy 72 and drive 4.3 miles. The entrance to the park is on the right.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.8360, W 87.3680
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Information, Parking, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Hiking, Boat Access, Canoeing, Fishing, Camping, Picnic Area, Food, Beach, Swimming, Viewing Area, Cabins/Lodge

Contact Info:
ADCNR - Joe Wheeler State Park
201 McLean Drive
Rogersville, AL 35652
(256) 247-5466