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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

Central Loop
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Site #10
Natchez Trace Parkway - Rock Springs Nature Trail

Northwest Loop

Kentucky Warbler Description: Situated along the Natchez Trace Parkway just north of the Tennessee River, this idyllic wooded area holds a 20-minute nature trail that follows Colbert Creek to Rock Springs. The creek is intermittently dammed by Beavers, creating an impressive wetland abounding with a variety of resident and wintering birds. The edges of the wetland hold an abundance of orange jewelweed, which attracts hundreds of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds each fall. Careful inspection of the area has turned up several species that are only vagrants to Alabama including Black-chinned and Rufous hummingbirds. Check the Natchez Trace Parkway in spring and early summer for neotropical migrants including Whiteeyed, Yellow-throated, and Red-eyed Vireos as well as several breeding wood warblers such as Hooded and Kentucky warblers and Louisiana Waterthrush. These waters also support the huge, but rarely seen Hellbender – the largest species of salamander in North America.

Directions: From Cherokee, AL, at the junction of US Hwy 72 and Natchez Trace Parkway, go north on the Natchez Trace Parkway for 9.8 miles to the parking area for Rock Springs Nature Trail on the right.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.8580, W 87.9060
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Hiking, Parking

Contact Info:
National Park Service (NPS)
Natchez Trace Parkway Headquarters
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804
(800) 305-7417