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Northwest Loop

1 - Mallard Fox Creek Wildlife Management Area - Kiosk Site


2 - Wheeler Dam - South Landing


3 - Joe Wheeler State Park


4 - Town Creek Marsh


5 - Leighton Ponds


6 - Wilson Dam Visitor Center - Kiosk Site


7 - Wilson Dam Rockpile Recreation Area


8 - Tennessee Valley Authority Reservation


9 - Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge - Kiosk Site


10 - Natchez Trace Parkway - Rock Springs Nature Trail


11 - Waterloo


12 - Natchez Trace Parkway - Colbert Ferry


13 - Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area Walking Trail


14 - Bankhead National Forest - Central Firetower - Kiosk Site


15 - Bankhead National Forest - Sipsey Wilderness Trailhead


51 - Cypress Cove Farm

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Site #51
Cypress Cove Farm

Northwest Loop

Cypress Cove Farm Description: Cypress Cove Farm shines as an example of a small farm that is being converted from primarily agricultural use, to a site that is being actively managed for wildlife and natural resource education. It is a splendid example of many techniques and practices small rural landowners can use to attract and manage wildlife on their lands. A small spring seeps from under a hill and pools to form a pond containing numerous large, old cypress trees. Existing farm structures have be modified and used as bird blinds and educational facilities. Several artificial wetlands have been created. Reforestation, timber harvests and agricultural plantings on this site are managed primarily for the benefit of wildlife – particularly birds. There is also a historical, working sawmill on the property. This intermix of reverting fields, managed wetlands, small ponds, riparian areas and mixed forests has created a diversity of interspersed habitats – resulting in a large diversity of bird species. Birding is perhaps best along the numerous hiking trails that cross the farm.

Directions: In Red Bay, Alabama (Franklin county) from the junction of State Highways 19 and 24, take Highway 24 East for 1.6 miles, then turn left (north) on County Road 28. Go 1.0 mile to the Cypress Cove Farm parking lot on the left (west).  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.4588, W 88.1031
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Fee: Free

Access Information: The private owner lives onsite, so visitors should practice the appropriate courtesy and nonintrusion on private areas when touring the site. Group visits should be approved and coordinated by the landowner.

Contact Info:
ADCNR: Area Biologist
21438 Harris Station Road
Tanner, Al 35671
(256) 353-2634