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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 #30
Hays Nature Preserve

Central Loop

Flint River Description: The Hays Nature Preserve hosts several miles of paved trails that follow the Flint River and its associated oxbow lakes through low riparian habitat, old fields, and a golf course. This is an incredible area, easily accessible for birders near the large metropolitan area of Huntsville. Species to look for along the river include Great Blue and Green herons, Belted Kingfisher, and in winter, Wilson’s Snipe. The edges of woodland host Eastern Bluebirds, Song Sparrows, and numerous other resident and migrant species.

Directions: In Huntsville, AL, from the intersection of I-565 and US Hwy 431/231 (Memorial Parkway), take Hwy 431 south for 10.7 miles. The Hays Preserve is on the left (north) side of the road just after mile marker #324. Turn off just before crossing the Flint River.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.6420, W 86.4706
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Fee: Free

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

Contact Info:
City of Huntsville Recreational Services
308 Fountain Circle
Huntsville, AL 35801
Huntsville, AL 35801
(256) 427-5116