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

Northeast Loop

Paint Rock River Description: Roy B. Whitaker once farmed these fields along the Paint Rock River. In order for future generations to be able to enjoy the farm he enjoyed so much, Whitaker sold it to The Nature Conservancy who now manages it for conservation. These rolling fields sit alongside one of the most diverse freshwater ecosystems east of the Mississippi, and the healthy riparian forest along its banks helps to maintain that diversity. For the visiting birder, the excitement is all in the grasslands where Grasshopper Sparrows buzz and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers perform their aerial acrobatics. Exploring deeper into the woodland should produce Great-crested Flycatchers and Redeyed Vireos, both of which nest in the area. Of course almost anything could turn up during migration, so it’s worth investigating all habitats during spring and fall.

Directions: From the intersection of US Hwy 72 and AL Hwy 65 between the towns of Gurley and Paint Rock, AL, drive 0.3 mile to the Roy B. Whitaker Paint Rock River Preserve on the north (left) side of the road. Turn north (left), at the preserve sign, and carefully cross the railroad tracks to the parking area.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.6725, W 86.3282
Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

Fee: Free

Amenities: Hiking, Parking

Contact Info:
The Nature Conservancy
2100 1st Ave. North, Suite 500
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 251-1155 Ext. 104