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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 #6
Wilson Dam Visitor Center - Kiosk Site

Northwest Loop

Gulls Description: This site is where TVA’s hydroelectric dam impounds the 15,500-acre Wilson Reservoir. This was the first dam constructed on the Tennessee River in Alabama. Construction began on the dam in 1918, was completed in 1924, and acquired by TVA in 1933. Together with Pickwick and Wheeler reservoirs, this dam made the treacherous Muscle Shoals navigable for river trade and transport. As with the other dams in northern Alabama, this site is excellent for gulls, as thousands of Ringbilled, Herring, and Bonaparte’s gulls are found regularly. Birders should study these gulls carefully and look for a surprise or two such as a Laughing or Great Black-backed gull, or even a Black-legged Kittiwake. In late summer, scan the wooded islands for Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Herons amongst the more common Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets.

Directions: TVA’s Wilson Dam crosses the Tennessee River between Florence and Muscle Shoals, AL. The Wilson Dam Visitor Center is on the Muscle Shoals side of the river at the dam’s southern end. The kiosk at the Visitor Center will orient and guide visitors to nearby trails and sites available for birding.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.7934, W 87.6262
Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

Fee: Free

Amenities: Hiking, Parking, Visitor Center

Contact Info:
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
TVA, SB 1H, PO Box 1010
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662-1010
(256) 386-2543