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Northwest Loop
Central Loop

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 #21
Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area

Central Loop

Greater Yellowlegs Description: This state wildlife management area on the Tennessee River is managed for waterfowl and small game although it supports many more species. Mudflats can be covered with shorebirds, serving as a key attraction to this area in the fall. Search among the typical yellowlegs and Killdeer for unusual species such as American Avocet, Black-bellied Plover, or Baird’s Sandpiper. The area is also good for migrant passerines in spring and fall when birds traveling to their winter and summer grounds stop over for a rest. During this time, shorebirds and waterfowl can also attract hungry raptors such as Bald Eagles.

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 for 4.0 miles. Turn left (west) onto the Thomas L. Hammons/Harris Station Road. Follow this road for 4.6 miles. Turn left (south) onto Dairy Road and go 0.7 mile to the boat landing.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.6780, W 87.0033
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Parking, Handicap Access, Hiking, Boat Access, Canoeing, Fishing

Contact Info:
ADCNR
21438 Harris Station Road
Tanner, AL 35671
(256) 353-2634