The Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk (Site #25, Central Loop) leads the visitor into the heart of the largest Tupelo Swamp in Alabama. While exploring the boardwalk, watch the canopy for active flocks of Tufted Titmice, Red-eyed Vireos, and warblers. The swamp usually rings with the songs of frogs, insects, and numerous birds including Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great-crested Flycatcher, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
During winter, Winter Wren can be found feeding under the boardwalk. The abundant standing dead timber attracts a variety of woodpeckers including Pileated, Red-bellied, and Downy. Later in the day, there is a chance to spot Barred Owl, whose distinct hooting is often heard deep inside the swamp.
This one mile trail is accessed from a Frontage Road located just off exit 5 on 1-565 traveling east towards Huntsville. Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk trail crosses a swamp filled with some of the state’s largest water tupelo trees. Various species of frogs, turtles, small fish, snakes, and other reptiles and amphibians are often visible along the trail. Songbirds are common in the canopy as well.
GPS: N 34.6490, W 86.8190
Amenities: Handicap Access, Parking, Hiking, Viewing Area
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd.
Decatur, AL 35603
Technically, the boardwalk is accessible. However, due to age and condition of the boardwalk, caution would very much need to be taken. The boardwalk is slated to be replaced in the next few years, but proceed with caution.
From intersection of I-65 and I-565 drive east towards Huntsville for 6.6 miles. Take Exit 5 and travel on the overpass north back over I-565, and continue on this road east paralleling I-565 on your right. Continue for 0.4 miles until you reach County Line Road where you can turn right and take another overpass back over I-565 to the south side again. Take the first road to your right after crossing over I-565 and continue back west for 2 miles until it dead ends at the site.
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