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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 #41
Skyline Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Loop

Grouse Description: Skyline Wildlife Management Area is an extensive tract of wild lands in northeastern Alabama, which hosts the state's only population of Ruffed Grouse. This carefully managed area also supports older hardwood forests utilized by nesting Cerulean Warblers. A visit to the WMA is most rewarding in spring when Yellowbreasted Chats, Field Sparrows, Indigo Buntings and Prairie Warblers can be heard singing throughout. With careful exploration and a little luck, spring visitors might also hear the drumming of the male Ruffed Grouse, although Wild Turkey and Northern Bobwhite are much easier to find. This mosaic of regenerating habitats provides a tremendous diversity of bird species, making it a special treat for birders.

Directions: The directions and GPS below guide visitors to the Skyline WMA birding drive, however birding may be done throughout this extensive WMA. From the intersection of US Hwy 72 and AL Hwy 65, between the towns of Gurley and Paint Rock, AL, drive north through the Paint Rock Valley 17.6 miles to AL Hwy 146. Turn right onto Hwy 146 and drive 4.7 miles. This will take visitors into the western side of the WMA and to the south entrance (gravel road) of the approximately 3-mile birding drive. For directions to other parts of the WMA, visitors should consult the area's permit map - available from the area biologist and from various WMA self-serve stations.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.8534, W 86.1310
Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

Fee: Free

Amenities: Parking, Hiking

Contact Info:
ADCNR: Area Biologist
37 County Road 243
Scottsboro, AL 35768
(256) 435-5422