North Alabama, Northeast Loop | Marshall | Best Seasons: Fall | Spring | Winter
The north side of Guntersville Dam (Site #37, Northeast Loop) is similar to the south side and also provides boat access to Painted Bluff a few miles downstream. However, the north side of the dam is usually better for viewing Bald Eagles. Active eagle nests have been seen on the ridge just northeast of the dam and in a small wet area northwest of the dam. Look for adult parents from January through April and for recently fledged juveniles in April and May. Sometimes, juvenile birds will stay in the area for several years, and you can often see many more birds during the winter when resident eagles are joined by migrants from farther north.
GPS: N 34.4250, W 86.3930
Amenities: Parking, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Canoeing, Visitor Center, Picnic Area, Fishing, Boat Access
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
3696 Alabama Hwy 60
Guntersville, AL 35976
From the intersection of US 431 and AL Highway 69 in Guntersville, go north on US 431 for 14.9 miles to Guntersville Dam Road (Guntersville Dam Sign). Turn left onto Guntersville Dam Road and go 3.8 miles to the dam. Note: this is for north dam access only; there is no vehicular traffic allowed across the dam.
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