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: Northeast Alabama stuff to do?


gold knight
06-03-2009, 06:52 PM
I'm following todays trend. Last minute questions. We are going to Huntsville/Hazel Green area over the weekend.

What places are good for hiking and/or birding in the area? Guntersville, etc.......

edivebuddy
06-03-2009, 09:29 PM
I'm following todays trend. Last minute questions. We are going to Huntsville/Hazel Green area over the weekend.

What places are good for hiking and/or birding in the area? Guntersville, etc.......

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Wheeler NWR, located along the Tennessee River between Huntsville and Decatur, was established in 1938 to provide habitat for wintering and migrating birds. Considered the easternmost Refuge in the Mississippi flyway, this 35,000 acre Refuge attracts thousands of wintering waterfowl each year and supports the southernmost and Alabama's only significant concentration of wintering Southern James Bay Canada geese. It also serves as winter habitat for the State's largest duck population. In addition to migratory birds, the Refuge hosts 115 species of fish, 74 species of reptiles and amphibians, 47 species of mammals, and 285 different species of songbirds. The Refuge is also home to 10 federally listed endangered or threatened species.

Wheeler NWR is comprised of a great diversity of habitat types such as bottomland hardwoods, wetlands, pine uplands, agricultural fields, and backwater embayments. These habitats provide excellent feeding, loafing, and roosting sites for waterfowl, as well as nesting sites for migrating songbirds. The Refuge provides a much needed oasis in one of the fastest growing regions in the state, with Madison being ranked as one of the top ten fasting growing cities in the nation in 2002.

gold knight
06-04-2009, 07:50 AM
Thanks edive. We just read a little about that. The place looks huge. It's a little farther west than we'll probably go this time. We'll probably make that a special trip all to itself later.

We really only have Saturday and part of Sunday morning to kick around. Then we'll be meeting up with family in the Hazel Green area.

edivebuddy
06-04-2009, 08:14 AM
Thanks edive. We just read a little about that. The place looks huge. It's a little farther west than we'll probably go this time. We'll probably make that a special trip all to itself later.

We really only have Saturday and part of Sunday morning to kick around. Then we'll be meeting up with family in the Hazel Green area.

NP, I don't know alot about the area. My parents moved to Harvest a couple years ago, so I look for stuff I'd like to see while we are down there. I did find a OHV park called Stoney Lonesome. I intend on loading my parents in the back of the Jeep and going one of these days.

gold knight
06-04-2009, 08:40 AM
Cool thanks. And will do.

RotorHead
06-04-2009, 09:07 AM
Mountainside ORP is pretty cool. It has mild to wild offroading. I'm sure you could find plenty of hiking to keep you busy. It's very scenic.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=108554824603445950266.00044816414ffaff05de5&z=7

gold knight
06-04-2009, 09:35 AM
Looks like a lot of trails we could do without getting in too much trouble. A lot of good info on your map link too.:D