Round Island Recreation Area (Site #22, Central Loop) provides access to the north side of the Tennessee River and an excellent vantage point for viewing winter waterfowl as well as cormorants, loons, and grebes. The pine woodland that surrounds the camping area is scattered with songbirds such as Red-breasted Nuthatches and numerous kinglets in winter. In summer, explore the river and its numerous inhabitants via a canoe or just pick a quiet place under one of the many trees to peruse the water.
GPS: N 34.6850, W 87.0705
Amenities: Parking, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Canoeing, Boat Access, Picnic Area, Fishing
Tennessee Valley Authority
Round Island Recreation Area
TVA, SB 1H, PO Box 1010
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662-1010
In north Decatur, AL at the intersection of US Hwy 31 and AL Hwy 20/Alternate US Hwy 72 (this is at the south end of the Hudson Bridge just before it crosses the Tennessee River), take US Hwy 31 north for 8.1 miles. Turn left onto CR 25/Nuclear Plant Road and go 6.8 miles. At CR 41/Cowford Rd., turn left and drive south 2 miles into the park.
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