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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 #24
Wheeler NWR - Beaverdam Peninsula Tower

Central Loop

Snow Geese Description: A visit to the Beaverdam Peninsula Tower in the summer may make visitors wonder why the tower is even mentioned. This broad observation platform sits in wheat and corn fields dotted with a few Red-winged Blackbirds. While a visit in the summer might not impress, once the winds of fall are in the air, this drastically changes. During the colder months, the broad observation platform is situated right in the center of an 'all-the-birds-can-eat' buffet. Every morning and evening, hundreds of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese fill the fields, loafing about or picking at the seeds from last summer’s crop. This wonderful concentration of bird life should be checked carefully for unusual 'hangers-on' such as Greater White-fronted and Ross' geese.

Directions: From the intersection of I-565 and Greenbrier Road, near Greenbrier, AL, take Exit 3 onto Greenbrier Road. Travel 1.8 miles south to the road fork. Take the right fork and travel 0.6 mile until the road turns sharply to the right, but continue straight ahead onto the gravel road and take an immediate left. Tower will be visible a couple hundred yards farther along the gravel refuge road on the right.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.6110, W 86.8537
Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

Fee: Free

Amenities: Lookout Tower, Parking, Handicap Access

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