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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 #50
Murphy Hill

Northeast Loop

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Description: Murphy Hill was once proposed to be developed as a power plant. Fortunately for both birds and birders, these plans fell through and the area now hosts a huge variety of habitats ripe for exploration. As you walk through open areas, listen for Yellow-breasted Chats and Indigo Buntings. Once the woods get a little thicker, check the flocks of Tufted Titmice and Carolina Chickadees for migrant warblers and vireos, along with Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and White-breasted Nuthatches. Upon reaching the water’s edge, check the shallows for Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons and scan the open water for Hooded Mergansers and Common Loons. Overhead, look for soaring Ospreys or Bald Eagles. Both of these birds of prey nest nearby, and one might drop by and impress you with its expert fishing technique. Without a doubt, Murphy Hill could have a few surprises in store, which is why more birders are enjoying this great site.

Directions: From the intersection of AL Hwys 227, 62, and CR 67, at the north entrance to Guntersville State Park, go east on CR 67 for 0.6 mile. Turn left (north) at Five Points (CR 582 continues ahead) at the Mountain Lakes Resort Sign staying on CR 67 and go 2.1 miles. Turn left onto a gravel road and go 0.2 mile to the parking lot. Murphy Hill is the extensive area and trails behind the gate.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.4729, W 86.1722
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Parking, Hiking

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