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, while the reservoir attracts a variety of waterfowl, wading birds, gulls, and raptors. Check around the campground for nesting Great Crested Flycatchers and visiting Baltimore or Orchard orioles. You may want to bring a spotting scope to scan the numerous gulls that line the rocky islands below the dam. There is also a hiking trail that provides access to some of the woodlands in the park.
GPS: N 34.7930, W 87.6320
Amenities: Parking, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Hiking, Canoeing, Boat Access, Fishing, Camping, Picnic Area
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
TVA, SB 1H, PO Box 1010
Muscle Shoals, AL 35662-1010
From the Wilson Dam Visitor Center (see directions Site 6), take Reservation Road west for 0.3 mile. Turn right (north) at the TVA Rockpile Recreation Area sign. Follow this road to the recreation area below the dam.
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