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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 #22
Round Island Recreation Area

Central Loop

Double-crested Cormorant Description: The Round Island Recreation Area provides access to the north side of the Tennessee River and an excellent vantage point for viewing winter waterfowl as well as cormorants, loons, and grebes. The pine woodland that surrounds the camping area is scattered with songbirds such as Red-breasted Nuthatches and numerous kinglets in winter. In summer, explore the river and its numerous inhabitants via a canoe or just pick a quiet place under one of the many trees to peruse the water.

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 8.1 miles. Turn left onto CR 25/NuclearPlant Road and go 6.8 miles. At CR 41/Cowford Rd., turn left and drive south 2 milesinto the park.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.6850, W 87.0705
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Fee: Free

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

Contact Info:
Tennessee Valley Authority
TVA, SB 1H, PO Box 1010
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662-1010
(256) 386-2543