The Decatur Hospitality Nature Park (Site 17, Central Loop), nearby US Highway 31 Causeway, and the Decatur Boat Harbor provide a great opportunity to scan the waters of the Tennessee River for winter waterfowl and shorebirds. This area is one of the first sites to develop mudflats in the fall as water levels begin to drop. Scan any suitable perches for Ospreys, which prey on the abundant fish. In years past, this area has turned up some exciting rarities for Alabama; be sure to carefully scan the rafts of Canvasbacks, Common Goldeneyes, and mergansers for Greater Scaups, Long-tailed Ducks, scoters, and other surprises. At the day use park, be sure to check out the walking trail which winds through an impressive bottomland hardwood forest.
Directions: In north Decatur at the intersection of US Highway 31 and AL Highway 20/Alternate US Highway 72 (this is at the south end of the Hudson Bridge just before it crosses the Tennessee River), take US Highway 31 north across the river for 1.7 miles. The park is on the left (west) at the north end of the causeway.
GPS: N 34.6277, W 86.9580
Amenities: Parking, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Canoeing, Fishing, Boat Access, Picnic Area
City of Decatur