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16 - Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center


17 - Decatur Hospitality Nature Park - Kiosk Site


18 - BP-Amoco Environmental Trail
(Trail Closed Through Summer 2016)



20 - Wheeler NWR - White Springs Dike


21 - Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area


22 - Round Island Recreation Area


23 - Wheeler NWR - Arrowhead Landing


24 - Wheeler NWR - Beaverdam Peninsula Tower


25 - Wheeler NWR - Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk


26 - Wheeler NWR - Blackwell Swamp


27 - Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station


28 - Madison County Public Lake


29 - Monte Sano State Park


30 - Hays Nature Preserve


31 - Wheeler NWR - Cave Springs


32 - Hurricane Creek Park - Kiosk Site


33 - Wheeler NWR - Dancy Bottoms Nature Trail

Northeast Loop
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Site #17
Decatur Hospitality Nature Park - Kiosk Site

Central Loop

American Coot Description: The Decatur Hospitality Nature Park, and nearby US Hwy 31 Causeway and Decatur Boat Harbor provide a great opportunity to scan the waters of the Tennessee River for winter waterfowl and shorebirds. This area is one of the first sites to develop mudflats in the fall as water levels begin to drop. Scan any suitable perches for Ospreys which prey on the abundant fish. In years past, this area has turned up some exciting rarities for Alabama; be sure and carefully scan the rafts of Canvasbacks, Common Goldeneyes, and mergansers for Greater Scaup, Long-tailed Ducks, scoters, and other surprises. At the day use park, be sure to check out the walking trail which winds through an impressive bottomland hardwood forest.

Directions: In north Decatur, AL at the intersection of US Hwy 31 and AL Hwy 20/Alternate US Hwy 72 (this is at the south end of the Hudson Bridge just before it crosses the Tennessee River), take US Hwy 31 north across the river for 1.7 miles. The park is on the left (west) at the north end of the causeway.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.6277, W 86.9580
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Fee: Free

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

Contact Info:
City of Decatur
Decatur CVB
Decatur, AL 
(256) 350-2028
Website