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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 #20
Wheeler NWR - White Springs Dike

Central Loop

American Bittern Description: White Spring Dike on Wheeler NWR is one of the premier birding sites of the Tennessee River Valley in Alabama. The dike runs between a dewatering area on the north side and the Tennessee River on the south. Intrepid birders can walk for over 8 miles along the dike, getting excellent views of waterfowl and shorebirds on either side. Search for neotropical migrants in the woodland bordering the dike and listen for Yellow and Prothonotary warblers which nest in the area. Other surprises that turn up on occasion include American Bittern and Sora. Birders should note - it requires extensive walking to access the best birding; however, the diversity of species that can be seen is well worth the hike.

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 Hwy 20/Alternate 72 north across the river 2.0 miles to the pullout on the right (east) side of the road.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.6290, W 86.9520
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Parking, Hiking

Contact Info:
US Fish & Wildlife (USFWS)
Wheeler NWR
2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd.
Decatur,, AL 35603
(256) 353-7243