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Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd., Decatur, AL 35603
(256) 353-7243
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Ranked #4 of 14 Attractions in Decatur
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums

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Buffalo, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My Dad is an avid bird watcher, so when we were in the area for our family's Thanksgiving, he wanted to go check out the cranes. My husband and I thought why not go check it out too? There's an observation deck where you can watch the birds, but "observation deck" might be the understatement of the month. It's a... More 

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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The snow was still on the ground and the birds were plentiful. It is a lively place to visit in the winter.

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Madison, Alabama, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stayed two days in the RV campground which has many nice sites. Most all of them are fairly level and shaded by tall trees. There are some hiking trails that are nice for exercise and bird watching. Nice golf course, lodge, cabins, marina, and a couple of boat ramps for putting your boat in the water. Very relaxing place.... More 

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United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

A great place for a quiet nature walk. There's lots of wildlife. Deer, rabbits, birds, etc... There is a lodge with a great restaurant. Fishing, too.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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258 reviews 258 reviews
44 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Visitor Center is a mile or so east of US 31 (Decatur's 6th Avenue). Or, from I 65 it is a couple of miles west from exit 334 (Priceville). US 67 is a very busy highway. Consider approaching this visitor center from the west, and departing it to the east, if you are not a very patient, confident driver. There... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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309 reviews 309 reviews
61 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Wheeler NWR is a special place, particularly in migration and in winter. Sandhill Cranes winter here, as well as a wide variety of waterfowl. There is marshland and deep water. Trails give good access to woods. A short trail from the visitor center takes you to a multi-level observation building with built in scopes to help you see the geese,... More 

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Cullman, Alabama
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Located along the TN River and floodplains in Decatur, these stretches of marshlands are home to many species of water birds and fish. Get specific info regarding parking as the area is extensive and is bisected by a major road into town. One minute you're in a busy town, and the next, you're in an entirely natural world, feeling miles... More 

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Decatur, Alabama
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Wheeler Refuge is a "stopover" for several kinds of migrating birds. There are trails and an observation building. Fun to see large numbers of geese at once. Good, but small museum in the visitor center. Visitor center also offer talks to school and scout groups. A gem in our local community.

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