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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 #13
Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area Walking Trail

Northwest Loop

Freemdom Hills Diversity Description: This walking trail is one of many numerous gravel and dirt hunter access roads on the WMA, which leads visitors into a variety of productive habitats ranging from old fields to mature hardwood forest. These habitats are interspersed with wildlife openings planted for deer, turkey, and other game species. Search the scrubby fields for Yellow-breasted Chats and Indigo Buntings, which can be heard much more easily than seen. In the forest, listen for the insect-like buzzes and croaks of Northern Parulas and Yellow-billed Cuckoos. A nocturnal visit should turn up Chuck-will’s-widows as well as Barred Owls and Eastern Screech-Owls. Just down the road lies the famous Key Underwood Memorial Coon Dog Cemetery. These hallowed grounds have become the final resting place for raccoon hunting dogs from all across the South. Stop by and pay your respects to these great hounds and admire the creative tombstones raised to remember them. The grounds of the cemetery are also a good spot to listen for Summer Tanagers and Yellow-billed Cuckoos, joined in migration by a variety of vireos and warblers.

Directions: From Cherokee, AL, at the junction of US Hwy 72 and Natchez Trace Parkway, go east on Hwy 72 for 2.4 miles to CR 21/White Pike Rd. Turn right onto White Pike Rd. and head south 8.5 miles into the WMA to the site marker. Continue on CR 21 for another 2.5 miles to visit the famous Coon Dog Cemetery.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.6480, W 87.9902
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Parking, Hiking

Contact Info:
ADCNR: Area Biologist
4200 White Pike
Cherokee, AL 35616
(256) 359-6208