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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 #9
Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge - Kiosk Site

Northwest Loop

Northen Harriwe Description: Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) has large open fields managed for warm season native grasses interspersed with small patches of deciduous woodland and a seasonal sinkhole wetland. The refuge is gradually being converted from crops to native warm season grasslands. The benefit of this restoration is immediately apparent from the dozens of singing Grasshopper Sparrows and Dickcissels that can be heard calling across the refuge. The refuge’s primary purpose is to protect Key Cave (not open to the public), which is home to the endangered Alabama Cavefish. This fish’s global distribution is limited to this one cave where it is closely linked to the unique ecology of seasonally flooded waters beneath an active Gray Bat roost. The Gray Bat droppings make a nutrient rich soup that supports the Alabama Cavefish as well as several endangered cave crayfish and other invertebrates.

Directions: From the intersection of US Hwy 72 and AL Hwy 20 in Florence, AL, travel west on Hwy 20 for 2.0 miles to CR 2/Gunwaleford Road. Turn left and continue west on CR 2/Gunwaleford Road for 4.0 miles to CR 223. Turn left onto this gravel road and head south for 1.5 miles until its intersection with a second gravel road. Turn right and drive for 0.6 miles to the refuge on your left. Look for the concrete parking site and the birding trail kiosk.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.7630, W 87.7818
Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

Fee: Free

Amenities: Parking, Handicap Access, Viewing Area, Hiking, Lookout Tower

Contact Info:
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Wheeler NWR
2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd.
Decatur, AL 35603
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