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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

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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