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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

Northeast Loop
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Site #29
Monte Sano State Park

Central Loop

Indigo Bunting Description: Monte Sano State Park sits atop a remnant ridge of the Cumberland Plateau, giving a fantastic view of the surrounding valleys and plateaus that cover northeastern Alabama. These islands in the sky are covered in thick hardwood forest, which is home to a number of neotropical migrants. As you explore the trails in the park, look and listen for Indigo Buntings, Great-crested Flycatchers, and Red-eyed Vireos. During migration, these can be augmented with species that nest farther north. Raptors can be seen gliding past at eye level, soaring on warm air currents rising from the valley below.

Directions: In Huntsville, AL, from the intersection of I-565 and US Hwy 431/231 (Memorial Parkway), take Hwy 431 south for 4.5 miles. Turn left on Monte Sano Blvd. and travel 2.6 miles to Nolen Ave. Turn right on Nolen Ave. and stay on Nolen until you enter the park. Follow the state park signs to the Scenic Overlook.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.7470, W 86.5104
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Parking, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Picnic Area, Viewing Area, Hiking

Contact Info:
ADCNR
Monte Sano St. Park
5105 Nolen Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 534-3757