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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 #39
North Sauty Creek WMA/Sauta Cave NWR

Northeast Loop

Indiana Bats Description: Birders will revel in the excellent display of waterfowl and wading birds that occupy the area, especially North Sauty Creek. Park on the roadside and scan the creek for waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds especially during migration or in the winter. A small heron rookery is located on one of the small islands. However, exercise extreme caution when viewing from the road shoulder since US Hwy 72 can be very busy. Just across the highway is Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge. Sauta Cave has the largest concentration of endangered Gray Bats in the world, and during the summer, dusk emergences can total a quarter million bats. This is the largest emergence of bats east of the Mississippi River, a spectacular sight that must be seen to be believed. Visitors who bird for songbirds on this small 264-acre refuge might find summer residents like Summer Tanager and Prothonotary Warbler.

Directions: From the intersection of US Hwy 72 and AL Hwy 279 in southern Scottsboro, AL, travel west on Hwy 72 5.9 miles. For Sauta Cave NWR access, park adjacent to the metal gate at the small highway pull off on the south side of Hwy 72 and walk the road 300 yards to the cave. Continuing west on Hwy 72 for another 0.7 mile is a separate off-highway parking area for North Sauty Creek WMA with birding trail interpretation and a short walking trail to the west side of North Sauty Creek.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.6190, W 86.1312
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Fee: Free

Access Information: For Sauta Cave NWR contact info see Site 16

Amenities: Canoeing, Fishing, Parking

Contact Info:
North Sauty Creek WMA
ADCNR: Area Biologist
234 County Road 141
Hollywood, AL 35752