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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 #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