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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 #12
Natchez Trace Parkway - Colbert Ferry

Northwest Loop

Common Goldeneye Description: Colbert Ferry provides access to a number of wooded habitats, including a Beaver pond with lots of standing dead timber. Check this area for Red-headed and other woodpeckers. Closer to the shore, search the trees for White-breasted Nuthatches year-round and Orchard Orioles and Eastern Kingbirds in the summer. The park also provides excellent views of Pickwick Reservoir; in summer, watch for Cliff and Barn Swallows foraging over open water. In winter, scan the open water of the reservoir for Double-crested Cormorants and Common Loons among the numerous diving ducks. Scan the trees along the shoreline for perched Bald Eagles. An evening stroll is usually accompanied by the calls of Barred Owls and Eastern Screech Owls. The Natchez Trace Parkway stretches 444 miles from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN with 33 miles of this National Scenic Byway and All American Road in NW Alabama.

Directions: From Cherokee, AL, at the junction of US Hwy 72 and Natchez Trace Parkway go north on the Natchez Trace Parkway for 7 miles. Turn left at the Colbert Ferry sign and follow the signs to the picnic area and boat launch.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.8400, W 87.9452
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Information, Parking, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Biking, Boat Access, Fishing, Canoeing, Picnic Area, Swimming

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