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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 #7
Wilson Dam Rockpile Recreation Area

Northwest Loop

Heron and Nest Description: The Rockpile Recreation Area sits at the base of Wilson Dam. This area provides basic camping and picnicking facilities in a wooded setting along the edge of Pickwick Reservoir. Woodlands in the park are attractive to numerous songbirds, while the reservoir attracts a variety of waterfowl, wading birds, gulls, and raptors. Check around the campground for nesting Great-crested Flycatchers, while a flash of orange/red may announce the arrival of a Baltimore or Orchard Oriole. Visitors may want to bring a spotting scope to scan the numerous gulls that line the rocky islands below the dam.

Directions: From the Wilson Dam Visitor Center (see directions Site 6), take Reservation Road west for 0.3 mile. Turn right (north) at the TVA Rockpile Recreation Area sign. Follow this road to the recreation area below the dam.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.7930, W 87.6320
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Parking, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Hiking, Canoeing, Boat Access, Fishing, Camping, Picnic Area

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