Joe Wheeler State Park

Joe Wheeler State Park at Night, photo courtesy of Alabama Tourism Department

Joe Wheeler State Park (Site #3, Northwest Loop) is complete with extensive facilities, including a resort lodge, restaurant, and marina. The park provides access to the north side of Wheeler Lake and the associated backwaters, which are often good for …

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Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge

Northern Harrier/Credit: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Robert E. Barber

Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) (Site# 9, Northwest Loop) has large open fields managed for warm-season native grasses interspersed with small patches of deciduous woodland and the seasonal sinkhole wetland. The refuge is gradually being conver …

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Natchez Trace Parkway – Rock Springs Nature Trail

Ruby-throated Hummingbird/Credit: Paul Franklin

Rock Springs Nature Trail (Site #10, Northwest Loop) winds through an idyllic wooded area from Colbert Creek to Rock Springs (approximate 20-minute walk). The creek is intermittently dammed by beavers, creating an impressive wetland abounding with a va …

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Rockpile Recreation Area, Wilson Dam

Orchard Oriole/Credit: Paul Franklin

The Rockpile Recreation Area (Site 7, Northeast Loop) sits at the base of Wilson Dam. This area provides basic camping and picnicking facilities in a wooded setting along the edge of Pickwick Reservoir. Woodlands in the park attract numerous songbirds, …

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Bald Eagle Nest/Credit: Paul Franklin

The town of Waterloo  (Site #11, Northwest Loop) sits a few miles west of the Natchez Trace Parkway in northwestern Alabama. The area is renowned for the concentration of Bald Eagles that congregate here in the winter months. Sightings of half a dozen …

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