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34 - Guntersville State Park, Town Creek and Drive - Kiosk Site

35 - Guntersville Peninsula

36 - Guntersville Dam South

37 - Guntersville Dam North

38 - Goose Pond Colony

39 - North Sauty Creek WMA/Sauta Cave NWR

40 - Roy B. Whitaker Paint Rock River Preserve - Kiosk Site

41 - Skyline Wildlife Management Area

42 - Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area

43 - Stevenson Town Park

44 - Russell Cave National Monument

45 - Gorham's Bluff/Coon Gulf

46 - DeKalb County Public Lake

47 - DeSoto State Park - Azalea Cascade Trail

48 - Little River Canyon National Preserve Drive

49 - Buck's Pocket State Park, Morgan's Cove and South Sauty Creek

50 - Murphy Hill

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Site #36
Guntersville Dam South

Northeast Loop

Peregrine Falcon Description: Guntersville Dam impounds the 67,900-acre Guntersville Reservoir in northeastern Alabama. The Tennessee Valley Authority manages the dam for electricity production and flood control. The dam makes an excellent vantage point to scan the waters of the reservoir for waterfowl, wading birds, and gulls. Numerous Great Blue Herons fish here, unaffected by the close proximity to the dozens of anglers. The park below the dam also offers a boat ramp where boats can be launched to visit Painted Bluff, a few miles downstream. This impressive red sandstone bluff is the premier observation site for migratory raptors, which are attracted to the hot air thermals that are pushed off the water and over the bluff, providing ideal soaring conditions. This area can be comfortably scanned from a boat below the bluff. The area is especially good for Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles, which have historically nested nearby.

Directions: From the intersection of US 431 and AL Hwy 69 in Guntersville, AL go west on Hwy 69 for 6.2 miles to CR-240/Union Grove Rd. Turn right on CR-240/Union Grove Rd. and travel 2.3 miles to CR-50/ Snow Point Rd. Turn right and drive 3.4 miles to the southern side of Guntersville Dam. Note: this is for south dam access only - there is no vehicular traffic allowed across the dam.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.4250, W 86.3930
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Parking, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Canoeing, Boat Access, Fishing, Visitor Center, Picnic Area

Contact Info:
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
3696 Alabama Hwy 60
Guntersville, AL 35976
(256) 571-4280