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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 #25
Wheeler NWR - Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk

Central Loop

Tupolo Swamp Description: The Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk leads the visitor into the heart of the largest Tupelo Swamp in Alabama. While exploring the boardwalk, watch the canopy for active flocks of Tufted Titmice, Red-eyed Vireos, and a variety of warblers. The swamp usually rings with the songs of frogs, insects, and numerous birds including Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great-crested Flycatcher, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. At times, the abundant standing dead timber attracts a variety of woodpeckers including Pileated, Red-bellied, and Downy. Later in the day, there is a chance for the stately Barred Owl, whose distinct hooting is more often heard deep inside the swamp.

Directions: From intersection of I-65 and I-565 drive east towards Huntsville for 6.6 miles. Take Exit 5 and travel on the overpass north back over I-565, and continue on this road east paralleling I-565 on your right. Continue for 0.4 miles until you reach County Line Road where you can turn right and take another overpass back over I-565 to the south side again. Take the first road to your right after crossing over I-565 and continue back west for 2 miles until it dead ends at the site.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.6490, W 86.8190
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Handicap Access, Parking, Hiking, Viewing Area

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