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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 #33
Wheeler NWR - Dancy Bottoms Nature Trail

Central Loop

Wood Thrush Description: Dancy Bottoms is an excellent area to visit during spring migration when dozens of warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes, orioles, and grosbeaks fill the trees. The area is also good for breeding species, including Barred Owl and Redheaded Woodpecker. Louisiana Waterthrush can be heard singing along the trail as early as March, and Kentucky Warbler, Wood Thrush, and Acadian Flycatcher soon join them. The potential for this area to turn up unexpected species is very high with Lincoln’s Sparrows, Mourning and Connecticut Warblers all recorded recently. Warbler enthusiasts should check close to the ground late in the spring.

Directions: From the intersection of US Hwy 31 and AL Hwy 67 in Decatur, AL, drive south on Hwy 31 3.5 miles through Flint City to Red Bank Road. Turn left onto Red Bank Road, just before the railroad overpass, and drive 1.0 mile east on Red Bank Road, cross Flint Creek on Red Bank Bridge, then immediately turn left into the Dancy Bottoms access area. The walking trail begins at the small parking area aside Flint Creek.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.5070, W 86.9552
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Handicap Access, Hiking, Parking

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